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  • August 21, 2014
  • 02:21 AM
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Do You Believe in Dog? A New Ball Game

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hello Do You Believe in Dog(ers)!(source)After two years of mostly pen-pal style blogging, we're excited to share our new direction!When we first decided to create Do You Believe in Dog?, we committed to blogging back and forth about canine science for two years. We were able to celebrate achieving that goal at the recent 4th Canine Science Forum in Lincoln, UK and also reflect on the future of Do You Believe in Dog?The DYBID blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds have become vibrant places to ac........ Read more »

Fischhoff B., & Scheufele D. (2013) The science of science communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(Supplement 3), 14033-14039. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1213273110  

  • August 20, 2014
  • 07:03 PM
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Anthropogenic climate change and glacial loss explained by a single number: 25!

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New analyses using climate circulation models and glacial dynamics indicates that anthropogenic forcing has caused 25% of glacial loss over the past 150 years and 69% over the past two decades.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2014
  • 10:07 AM
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How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

You’ve already picked a side in the bird wars, whether or not you know it. As humans carve up formerly empty expanses of the western United States with our roads, electrical towers, and power lines, we’re inadvertently giving a boost to ravens. Meanwhile, the birds of prey that once ruled the land are being left […]The post How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • August 17, 2014
  • 04:30 PM
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Wind Turbines Pose Risk to Bats

by Denise O'Meara in Denise O'Meara

We need sustainable, affordable and clean energy production to fuel the economy, and the drive towards more environmentally friendly energy production versus coal and peat burning energy production has seen a large number of wind farms built across the countryside as an alternative. Wind turbines have had their share of negative press and many people don’t like how they disrupt the view of the countryside, while others complain of the negative psychological impact on their health. Wind turbine........ Read more »

Lehnert LS, Kramer-Schadt S, Schönborn S, Lindecke O, Niermann I, & Voigt CC. (2014) Wind farm facilities in Germany kill noctule bats from near and far. PloS one, 9(8). PMID: 25118805  

  • August 16, 2014
  • 06:27 AM
  • 77 views

True facts about anglerfish | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads. Continue reading...... Read more »

  • August 15, 2014
  • 01:29 PM
  • 85 views

Swamp Thing and Plant Communication

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Maybe I’m dating myself here, but ever see the swamp thing movie, television show, or even the comic? Call me picky, after all we are talking about a human/plant hybrid, but he never needed to talk. I know, some of you are probably rolling your eyes at me given it’s a comic, movie or tv show [depending on your level of geek], but come on, this is science![…]... Read more »

G. Kim,, M. L. LeBlanc,, E. K. Wafula,, C. W. dePamphilis,, & J. H. Westwood. (2014) Genomic-scale exchange of mRNA between a parasitic plant and its hosts. Science. info:/10.1126/science.1253122

  • August 15, 2014
  • 08:31 AM
  • 71 views

Miscanthus to Play a Major Role in Iowa Agriculture

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Agronomists at Iowa State University say that miscanthus, a perennial grass used for biofuel production, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa.... Read more »

  • August 14, 2014
  • 08:27 PM
  • 86 views

Few but strong: dense tornado clusters on the rise in the United States

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Analysis of tornado frequency data over the last half-century shows that tornadoes are occurring on fewer days but with greater density and severity, indicating that climate change may be changing the local dynamics at play.... Read more »

JB Elsner, SC Elsner, TH Jagger. (2014) The increasing efficiency of tornado days in the United States. Climate Dynamics. info:/

  • August 14, 2014
  • 01:55 PM
  • 76 views

Getting High On Life

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Living organisms can survive and thrive in all kinds of rough environments. This would include the edges of space. There are bird species that can fly at almost 40,000 ft., as high as the highest clouds. New research is showing just how the bar headed goose is able to fly when the air is thin and the oxygen is scarce. But more impressive are the bacteria. They can actually live their whole lives in the air, dividing and growing nearly 25 miles (41 km) above the surface of the Earth. A study from........ Read more »

Pawar SP, Dhotre DP, Shetty SA, Chowdhury SP, Chaudhari BL, & Shouche YS. (2012) Genome sequence of Janibacter hoylei MTCC8307, isolated from the stratospheric air. Journal of bacteriology, 194(23), 6629-30. PMID: 23144385  

Hawkes LA, Balachandran S, Batbayar N, Butler PJ, Chua B, Douglas DC, Frappell PB, Hou Y, Milsom WK, Newman SH.... (2013) The paradox of extreme high-altitude migration in bar-headed geese Anser indicus. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 280(1750), 20122114. PMID: 23118436  

  • August 14, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 67 views

Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up. Continue reading...... Read more »

Price Trevor D., Hooper Daniel M., Buchanan Caitlyn D., Johansson Ulf S., Tietze D. Thomas, Alström Per, Olsson Urban, Ghosh-Harihar Mousumi, Ishtiaq Farah, & Gupta Sandeep K. (2014) Niche filling slows the diversification of Himalayan songbirds. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature13272  

Kennedy Jonathan D., Weir Jason T., Hooper Daniel M. , Tietze D. Thomas, Martens Jochen, & Price Trevor D. (2012) Ecological limits on diversification of the Himalayan core Corvoidea. Evolution, 66(8), 2599-2613. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01618.x  

Harmon Luke J., Schulte James A., Larson Allan, & Losos Jonathan B. (2003) Tempo and Mode of Evolutionary Radiation in Iguanian Lizards. Science, 301(5635), 961-964. DOI: 10.1126/science.1084786  

  • August 13, 2014
  • 08:00 AM
  • 75 views

Getting High On Life

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Living organisms can survive and thrive in all kinds of rough environments. This would include the edges of space. There are bird species that can fly at almost 40,000 ft., as high as the highest clouds. New research is showing just how the bar headed goose is able to fly when the air is thin and the oxygen is scarce. But more impressive are the bacteria. They can actually live their whole lives in the air, dividing and growing nearly 25 miles (41 km) above the surface of the Earth. A study from........ Read more »

Pawar SP, Dhotre DP, Shetty SA, Chowdhury SP, Chaudhari BL, & Shouche YS. (2012) Genome sequence of Janibacter hoylei MTCC8307, isolated from the stratospheric air. Journal of bacteriology, 194(23), 6629-30. PMID: 23144385  

Hawkes LA, Balachandran S, Batbayar N, Butler PJ, Chua B, Douglas DC, Frappell PB, Hou Y, Milsom WK, Newman SH.... (2013) The paradox of extreme high-altitude migration in bar-headed geese Anser indicus. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 280(1750), 20122114. PMID: 23118436  

  • August 12, 2014
  • 03:18 PM
  • 54 views

Responsibility of demand: air travel projected to create net increase in greenhouse gas emissions

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A literature review has revealed that our demand for air travel will lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions despite improvements in energy efficiency. The authors predict behavior change and less flights to be the only way to reduce emissions.... Read more »

Matt Grote, Ian Williams, John Preston. (2014) Direct carbon dioxide emissions from civil aircraft. Atmospheric Environment. info:/

  • August 11, 2014
  • 10:42 AM
  • 74 views

Attraction in the World of Bats

by Denise O'Meara in Denise O'Meara

We spend much of our lives attempting to figure out the opposite sex in the hopes that it will lead to increased opportunities to attract a mate. But even when in a relationship, looking back to see how it all kicked off can still leave you scratching your head for answers. Understanding attraction and the rules (or lack of them) that govern it are complicated, but there is no shortage of purported help out there to be found in books, cinema and online. Midst the cloud of confusion, we sometime........ Read more »

  • August 10, 2014
  • 12:03 PM
  • 101 views

Pregnancy and Antibacterial Soap a Potentially Dangerous Combination

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

My wife likes to sanitize everything with bleach. I don’t really approve, but I bite my tongue because it makes her feel better. Germs are everywhere and honestly there is […]... Read more »

Pycke BF, Geer LA, Dalloul M, Abulafia O, Jenck AM, & Halden RU. (2014) Human biomonitoring of prenatal exposure to triclosan and triclocarban in a multiethnic urban population from Brooklyn, New York. Environmental Science , 8831-8838. info:/10.1021/es501100w

  • August 10, 2014
  • 05:18 AM
  • 98 views

Canine Science Forum 2014 - we come full circle!

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Aw - it's Us @ CSF2014! Thanks Tamás Faragó :)Dear Julie,while you've been off enjoying the fjords of Norway and I've been recovering from six legs of long haul flying with a three year old as hand luggage, I thought I'd put up a quick post to recap the wonderful week in Lincoln, UK that was the (Feline and) Canine Science Forum 2014.Such a fun, stimulating, inspiring week comprising the Feline Science day (Monday), public lecture by James Serpell (rhymes with purple) on Monday ........ Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 07:14 PM
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Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Scientists in Seoul use cigarette filters as electrode materials in supercapacitors based on a simple pyrolytic carbonization process.... Read more »

  • August 6, 2014
  • 08:15 AM
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Fall Leaves And Orange Flamingos

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Flamingos are pink because of their diet, but greater and lesser flamingos eat different things – and neither food is pink. The spirulina food of the lesser flamingo is a cyanobacterium called Arthospira fusiformis. Unforunately, there have been large die offs in lesser flamingos. Recent research has shown that this may be due to toxic alga blooms and production of toxins even by A. fusiformis. In addition, a newer study has shown that a bacteriophage is responsible for large die offs of A........ Read more »

Anderson MJ, & Williams SA. (2010) Why do flamingos stand on one leg?. Zoo biology, 29(3), 365-74. PMID: 19637281  

Peduzzi P, Gruber M, Gruber M, Schagerl M. (2014) The virus's tooth: cyanophages affect an African flamingo population in a bottom-up cascade. ISME J. , 8(6), 1346-1351. info:/

  • August 5, 2014
  • 10:51 AM
  • 73 views

Kids Name the Darnedest Animals

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Here’s an experiment that’s easy to do on your own. Grab the nearest elementary- or middle-school-age kid, sit her down in a quiet place, and ask her to name everything she can think of that’s alive. The results might tell you a lot about your young subject’s life. The wilder the animals, the more domestic […]The post Kids Name the Darnedest Animals appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • August 3, 2014
  • 11:34 AM
  • 116 views

Ignoring the dangers: fracking development outpacing knowledge of biotic impact

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New collaborative research across several institutions indicate a complete lack of knowledge about how fracking spills, accidents, and water contamination affect nearby biospheres.... Read more »

Souther, S., Tingley, M., Popescu, V., Hayman, D., Ryan, M., Graves, T., Hartl, B., & Terrell, K. (2014) Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(6), 330-338. DOI: 10.1890/130324  

  • July 30, 2014
  • 10:46 AM
  • 119 views

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic the world has ever known | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War. Continue reading...... Read more »

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