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This crazy project trying to develop nesting habitat for solitary, ground nesting bees: A pretty exciting progression on the path to better recycle plastics! This plastic-eating bacteria naturally evolved on a dump in Japan, and scientists were able to isolate and improve the enzyme used to break down the plastic in a lab. Let’s […]

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UPDATE: I’m updating this to add this excellent article on forest bathing. Get thee to a forest! Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing Are there more Hymenopteran (bees, wasps, ants) species than beetle species? Yes, probably. Also Hymenoptera FTW! Move Over, Beetles: The New Champions of Diversity Are Parasitic Wasps Shamefully, I didn’t […]

Declines in insect biomass

I had a surreal conversation with my (conservative) uncle this Christmas. It went a little like this: Me: A study in Germany this year showed a large decline in insect biomass…75% over the past thirty years or so (Hallmann et al 2017, open access). We call it the “windscreen effect“, where when you used to […]

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This is a lot of fun/trippy…you can choose your own vector field settings or randomize the image, either way it’s cool: Vector Field Play Raptors set fires deliberately in Australia (as if fires weren’t enough of a problem already!): These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire You’ve probably already seen this, but […]

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Sorry about not posting lately! I’ve been installing and finishing a wood floor at my parents’ house over Christmas and balancing that with work! More on that soonish… Crazy looking moth! Also, you KNOW I love it when we refind species we thought were extinct: Found: A Blue-and-White Moth Last Seen 130 Years Ago I’m […]

The network game

The department I currently work in has a competition for who can do the best job of baking their research into a delicious and informative dessert for coffee hour. After seeing some of the amazing desserts prepared by others, I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete on the baking front…I needed a gimmick! Because […]

Excerpts from “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book! Here are some of my favourite excerpts: Maybe there’s nothing the matter with the matter, and it’s the gravity we don’t understand. Behold my recurring nightmare: Are we, too, missing some basic pieces of the universe that once were? What part of the cosmic history book has been marked “access […]