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Holy crap this Hercules beetle pupa is awesome: https://imgur.com/H6dR7XG If you’re an anti-vaxxer, read this! (you can read also if you believe in vaccines, for reaffirmation): http://imgur.com/gallery/IwDF7 I keep telling people not to eat mouldy bread, but they don’t believe me.  NPR is on my side, though: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/21/523647669/is-it-safe-to-eat-moldy-bread Oh NPR…PLEASE DON’T CALL CATERPILLARS “WORMS”: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/25/525447206/a-worm-may-hold-the-key-to-biodegrading-plastic […]

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New mollusk found!  Cool!  Of course, there’s a symbiosis involved, with chemosynthetic bacteria.  Mutualisms are the coolest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/17/scientists-find-giant-elusive-clam-known-as-the-unicorn-of-mollusks/ Stinky orchid shuts down flower show: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/ Water striders are cooler than you think: http://blog.nature.org/science/2017/04/10/7-cool-facts-water-striders-skippers-pond-skaters-weird-nature/ This is a pretty and peaceful video about the sights and sounds of a typical New York forest: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/videos/watch-how-a-forest-changes-over-a-year The amazing Dutch […]

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This is cool…an open repository of plant illustrations for scientific manuscripts. I’ve also made some line drawings available here and here: http://blog.aspb.org/2017/03/23/a-community-repository-of-plant-illustrations/ Mumps outbreak was caused by vaccination gap…herd immunity is important folks!  There is no link between autism and vaccines, so protect yourself and your children from vaccine preventable diseases: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/22/520842043/social-media-math-and-the-mystery-of-a-mumps-outbreak I’m gonna call […]

Links to share – Conservation Edition

Welp, this is bad news: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/10/earths-oceans-are-warming-13-faster-than-thought-and-accelerating?CMP=fb_gu Super tuskers are elephants whose tusks weigh more than 50 kg each (or touch the ground), they are getting preeeettty rare because ivory is worth between 1,500 and 2,000$ per kilo. We just lost another one in Tsavo not long ago: https://www.yahoo.com/news/poachers-kill-rare-giant-elephant-kenya-152539665.html Another story about hunting a super tusker: […]

Links to share (distracted version)

Okay, so the process of moving to my new location is less organized than I would like and I’m still trying to get myself sorted (finding a place to live, getting an office key, things like that), but here are some links for you to read in the meantime! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/screech-owls-keep-blind-snakes-as-live-in-housekeepers Bumblebees can smell who visited […]

Heinlein Links to Share

I am a-traveling again! I’ll post when I land as a stranger in a strange new land where I will make my next home (hint: it’s not Mars). Until then, please enjoy these links to share… I already knew bees were smart…after all, I’ve seen them respond quickly and rationally to short term experimental treatments! […]

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Slime molds can share learned knowledge: https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/brainless-slime-can-share-learned-knowledge Are Santas elves derived from dwarves? This post investigates: https://scifundchallenge.org/ecotome/2015/12/24/phylogeny-of-elves-finds-that-santas-elves-are-actually-dwarves/ It snowed in the Sahara (NB: I made the mistake of reading the comments and no, this does not in any way disprove climate change, see earlier posts with convincing evidence of climate warming globally)! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/12/21/everyone-was-stunned-snow-falls-in-sahara-desert-town-for-first-time-in-37-years/ Migrating insects […]