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You can’t make this stuff up: Silent and Deadly: Fatal Farts Immobilize Prey Bad news bears: Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba Love this new review by Jeff Ollerton…favourite quote: “the recent description of an asclepiad (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) flower from Dominican amber together with its termite pollinator, is both a paleontological […]

A new great ape species! and traveling

Scientists have declared this genetic variant of orangutan a separate species, making it the first new great ape species in a century. I don’t get toooooo excited about primates, but this is an intriguing example of the ways in which phylogenetics can change the way we perceive animals and conservation. I heard a talk recently […]

Happy Samhain! And some blood-sucking creatures

I’ve never been a super fan of Halloween…I don’t have any problem with it, it just never caught my fancy BUT now that I am living in Ireland, I have recently discovered that Halloween originated as Samhain* in Ireland’s Celtic past. Here is an interesting article on it.** And because I am doing my best […]

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Can we talk about the horrible things humans do to other animals for stupid reasons? I’m talking about ivory. Since I worked in Kenya, I’ve been made more aware of the horrendous things people do to elephants and rhinos especially. More and more elephants are born tuskless because tusked elephants are so hunted. And rhinos […]

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Fascinating article on the weird ctenophore. Not sure if I am 100% on board with the conclusions drawn, but nonetheless a worthy read: Aliens in our midst: The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself As usual, superb photos in the Audobon photography competition. One day I […]

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Pop culture icons reimagined as insects? Yes: http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/features/illustration/illustrator-richard-wilkinson-on-turning-pop-culture-icons-into-insects/ The most Irish thing ever? Risky headline, cute story: https://www.collegetimes.com/entertainment/garda-reddit-thread-dublin-140359 How did I not know about this!? You can get data from graphs in published papers using DataThief! http://datathief.org/ Go NPR! The bulk of the world’s pollination services are being carried out by organisms other than honeybees: […]

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Alternative ways to kill weeds! (in agriculture, sorry gardeners) https://undark.org/article/meet-the-harrington-seed-destructor/ Plants that are edible to you and good for bees too! http://xerces.org/2017/05/17/plants-you-can-eat-are-a-pollinator-treat/ One of my favourite movie quotes ever, and I’m really feeling it since I moved to Ireland. “I better straighten myself out.” “Need any help?” “Oh…all I can get.” Scientists are funny (as […]