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My university made me take the Oxford comma out of the title of my PhD thesis!  I was so furious…but I wanted my degree, so I complied.  Now I’m finally vindicated! http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html “Four leaf clovers” are just Wood Sorrel (Oxalis), guys. Sorry to burst your bubble 😛 http://carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory.tumblr.com/post/158512874256/what-is-a-shamrock Fascinating article on insect migrations: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprise-trillions-of-insects-migrate/ I […]

UPDATED: Can we talk about this Cheerios thing?

A very interesting thing has happened this week*! Cheerios, a cereal maker if you weren’t familiar, has started a new “conservation” initiative to “save the bees”! My liberal usage of quotation marks demonstrates how mixed my feelings are on this effort. I find it fascinating. Of course, it has generated a huge controversy in my […]

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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FEATHERED DINOSAUR TAIIILLLLL (If you didn’t already know this, you heard it here first!): http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/ Australian photo contest: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2016/12/ecology-in-action-2016-photography-winners-announced?adbsc=social_20161201_68391176&adbid=10154118445703339&adbpl=fb&adbpr=100614418338 Four periodic elements named! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/science/periodic-table-new-elements.html?_r=1 Marine pollinators…tiny crustaceans (i.e. arthropods I like to call ocean insects) pollinate sea grasses: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-discovered-there-are-bees-in-the-oceans (PS I resent them being called bees) Dumbledore means bumblebee! http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-dum1.htm All the awesome things bees do: […]

Bees are vegan wasps…except these bees

When I’m talking to a broad audience of people who may or may not have experience with bees, I generally introduced them as “vegan wasps”. From an evolutionary perspective, this is true: i.e. bees are wasps that started collecting pollen instead of insect prey as the main protein source to provision their offspring. It also […]