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More nature photography awards: Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award I have a friend who is a parasitologist and she always posts the most interesting stuff! The intestinal parasites of King Richard III Great post by Manu Saunders explaining the recent paper showing declines in insect biomass in Puerto Rico: Insect declines: […]

Are invasive species bad? Also “Long live the weeds”, by Theodore Roethke

I’ve attended a lot of conferences this autumn (3 down, 2 to go!). When I registered for all these conferences, I didn’t have a job lined up for next year, so I was feeling a little desperate. Now that I have a job lined up, I just get to enjoy everyone’s amazing research. Seriously…if you […]

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Great article by Manu Saunders on the types of insects that make honey (not just honeybees!). Bumblebees make honey in pots, so I always call them the “Winnie the Pooh” bees: Wasps, aphids and ants: the other honey makers Hugh Possingham is (in)famous for spinning a game show wheel to decide which species to save…this […]

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Amazing space photos, courtesy of NASA: https://www.cnet.com/pictures/nasa-spitzer-telescope-celebrates-15-years-of-astounding-images/ More interesting plant pollinator interactions: Flower Mimics The Smell of Dying Honey Bees to Attract Pollinators I visited Kilarney last weekend, I wanted to see a puffin and I did not. Alas! Cream puffins: CREAM PUFFIN SWEETIE PIES On a more serious note, I mentioned to the bus […]

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I’m loving Sinead Burke right now…I heard her do a Moth story (you know I love The Moth), and this article is awesome: Sinead Burke: Why I Chose To Embrace My Differences More beautiful Irish language for the landscape, arguing that part of the loss of Irish as a language is a loss of our […]

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You may be thinking that robots can replace bees for crop pollination, but there are a lot of good reasons why that will not work. I know that Walmart has a patent for pollinating drones…although I do not underestimate humanity’s ability to develop new and clever technologies, if we want diversity in our diets (and […]

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Just had to share this article about wildebeests…How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cycle Scary article about Candida auris infections…a fungal infection that is resistant to known medications and is very difficult to contain…and can be deadly: The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast Ants that live inside acorns and what they […]