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  • March 19, 2014
  • 07:55 AM

The mystery of the fish that change their sex

by Aileen Cudmore in Natural Reactions

Scientists puzzle over the possible circumstances that might lead a male fish to shift sex and become female. ... Read more »

  • March 16, 2014
  • 11:10 AM

Resilience of Europe’s Natural Gas Networks Tested

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Gas networks in Eastern European countries, such as Ukraine and Belarus are less resilient than the UK during conflicts and crises, according to new research from mathematicians at Queen Mary University of London.... Read more »

  • March 16, 2014
  • 03:44 AM

What's In A Name?

by Christen Rune Stensvold in Blastocystis Parasite Blog

Blastocystis is a parasite. But what makes a parasite, and are all parasites 'bad'?... Read more »

  • March 14, 2014
  • 03:32 PM

The Charge of the Crazy Ant: Chemical Warfare Between Invading Species

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

I’ll be the first to admit that I've been a little blog-negligent lately. Even when all of the ice and snow we've gotten here on the East Coast forced me to stay inside I just binge watched shows on Netflix instead. I’m not sure what brought me out of my procrastination funk and compelled me to do a little reading and writing. If you've been following the Facebook page then you've been getting a lot of yummy sciency tidbits, but it’s time for me to get back on the hard science wagon. I thi........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2014
  • 10:05 AM

Small Modular Reactors Could Provide Safer Nuclear Energy

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A detailed assessment of a new type of nuclear reactor, termed the Small Modular Reactor (SMR), has been published to help policymakers decide on the best way to meet the growing demand for energy.... Read more »

  • March 13, 2014
  • 08:47 AM

The Urban Otter

by Denise O'Meara in Denise O'Meara

The banks of our own lovely Lee are not just a pretty place for a walk, the Lee is an important place for the otter, often described as our most charismatic but elusive species. It may come as a surprise to some that these wild mammals often go by unnoticed in a busy city like Cork, but as otters are highly secretive animals, they do their best to avoid being seen. They often fish early in the morning or late in the evening when they are less likely to be spotted. The sharper, or perhaps luckier........ Read more »

Sleeman DP, Moore PG,. (2005) Otters Lutra lutra in Cork City. The Irish Naturalists' Journal. info:/

  • March 12, 2014
  • 07:41 PM

Canines and Castles: 4th Canine Science Forum Abstract & Early Bird Registration Deadline Friday

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

“Two canine scientists, Julie Hecht and Mia Cobb, met briefly at a conference in Barcelona in late July 2012. They share a passion for canine science, good communication, social media and fun.” So reads the 'About' page at Do You Believe in Dog?. After a brief hello at the 3rd Canine Science Forum in Barcelona, we decided to embark on an adventure as digital pen pals, taking turns blogging on topics related to our own research, that of other research groups and general dog science themes.&n........ Read more »

Cobb Mia, Branson Nick, & McGreevy Paul. (2013) Advancing the welfare of Australia’s iconic working dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.04.054  

Hecht J., & Horowitz A. (2013) Physical prompts to anthropomorphism of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.04.013  

Racca A., Range F., Virányi Z., & Huber L. (2013) Discrimination of familiar human faces in domestic dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.04.071  

Howell Tiffani J., Toukhsati Samia, Conduit Russell, & Bennett Pauleen. (2013) Do dogs use a mirror to find hidden food?. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(6), 425-430. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.07.002  

  • March 12, 2014
  • 07:32 PM

Great tits hunt for Pipistrelle bats

by Sam Hardman in Ecologica

When under strong ecological pressure, or when a good opportunity arises, animals have often shown themselves to be surprisingly innovative in how they adapt to new pressures or take advantage […]... Read more »

  • March 12, 2014
  • 11:46 AM

Extraordinary discovery of a coral reef off the coast of Iraq

by Aileen Cudmore in Natural Reactions

A remarkable coral reef appears to be thriving in the murky waters of the northern Persian Gulf, despite seemingly harsh environmental conditions.... Read more »

Pohl T, Al-Muqdadi SW, Ali MH, Fawzi NA, Ehrlich H, & Merkel B. (2014) Discovery of a living coral reef in the coastal waters of Iraq. Scientific Reports, 4250. PMID: 24603901  

  • March 11, 2014
  • 06:00 PM

The Cold Pacific and Climate Change

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

I discuss a recent Science review about data regarding the cold tropical Pacific and its relationship to recent global temperature data.... Read more »

  • March 11, 2014
  • 10:25 AM

Suicidal Algae Help Their Relatives and Harm Their Rivals

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

You might say the benefit of staying alive is an actual no-brainer: even brainless lifeforms do their best not to die. For the most part, anyway. When they’re under stress, single-celled organisms may opt to cut up their DNA and neatly implode. A new study hints that by committing suicide in this way, an organism […]The post Suicidal Algae Help Their Relatives and Harm Their Rivals appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • March 8, 2014
  • 07:52 AM

The climate challenges that my morning toast poses

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Differing effects in different countries means that a warmer, more populated, world could meet demand for wheat used to make flour and other food – but with important implications for greenhouse gas emissions and fairness. ... Read more »

  • March 7, 2014
  • 11:10 AM

Pandas v. Horses Fight Goes to Pandas (For Now)

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It was a battle fought in the mountains of southwestern China, where patchy forests sustain the last shreds of the wild giant panda population. All at once, intruders began marching in and helping themselves to the pandas’ food. The incursion happened far from most human eyes, and the pandas that witnessed it  likely didn’t know […]The post Pandas v. Horses Fight Goes to Pandas (For Now) appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Hull, V., Zhang, J., Zhou, S., Huang, J., Viña, A., Liu, W., Tuanmu, M., Li, R., Liu, D., Xu, W.... (2014) Impact of Livestock on Giant Pandas and their Habitat. Journal for Nature Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2014.02.003  

  • March 6, 2014
  • 11:03 AM

Giraffe Weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Giraffe weevilKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: ColeopteraFamily: AttelabidaeGenus: TrachelophorusSpecies: Trachelophorus giraffaConservation Status: Not assessedCommon Name: Giraffe weevil, leaf-rolling weevils (used for all Attelabidae species)The giraffe weevil is a weevil species endemic to the forests of Madagascar. It was discovered in 2008, hence little is known about it. As you have probably guessed, its named this way due to ........ Read more »

  • March 5, 2014
  • 11:38 AM

Predictions of common reed expansion into new areas

by Aileen Cudmore in Natural Reactions

A new study maps the spread of the potentially damaging common reed along the southern coast of Finland.... Read more »

Anas Altartouri, Leena Nurminen, & Ari Jolma. (2014) Modeling the role of the close-range effect and environmental variables in the occurrence and spread of Phragmites australis in four sites on the Finnish coast of the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea. Ecology and Evolution. info:/10.1002/ece3.986

  • March 4, 2014
  • 05:53 PM

Palm Oil Methane Emissions Can Be Used as Energy Source

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

An analysis published Feb. 26 in the journal Nature Climate Change (see footnote) shows that the wastewater produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere. But the researchers also present a possible solution: capturing the palm oil methane and using it as a renewable energy source.... Read more »

Taylor, P., Bilinski, T., Fancher, H., Cleveland, C., Nemergut, D., Weintraub, S., Wieder, W., & Townsend, A. (2014) Palm oil wastewater methane emissions and bioenergy potential. Nature Climate Change, 4(3), 151-152. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2154  

  • March 2, 2014
  • 05:37 PM

New PLOS Publishing Requirements Aim to Advance Data Sharing Practices

by Geoffrey Hannigan in Prophage

PLOS (the Public Library Of Science) is a popular scientific journal publisher whose journals include PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, and of course, PLOS ONE. What makes PLOS stand out is not that they publish great science (which they do, of course), but rather their leadership in open access publishing (open access means that anybody can read their publications for free). Recently PLOS announced that they will be taking their open access policies to the next level by requiring all published d........ Read more »

Hannigan, G., Krivogorsky, B., Fordice, D., Welch, J., & Dahl, J. (2012) Mycobacterium minnesotense sp. nov., a photochromogenic bacterium isolated from sphagnum peat bogs. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY, 63(Pt 1), 124-128. DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.037291-0  

  • March 2, 2014
  • 11:46 AM

#cosyne14 day 3: Genes, behavior, and decisions

by neuroecology in Neuroecology

For other days (as they appear): 1, 2, 4 How do genes contribute to complex behavior? Cosyne seems to have a fondness for inviting an ecogically-related researcher to remind us computational scientists that we’re actually studying animals that exist in, you know, an environment. Last year it was ants, this year deer mice. Hopi Hoekstra gave […]... Read more »

Gordon J. Berman, Daniel M. Choi, William Bialek, & Joshua W. Shaevitz. (2013) Mapping the structure of drosophilid behavior. arXiv. arXiv: 1310.4249v1

  • February 28, 2014
  • 06:05 PM

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Weaken Hurricanes

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Offshore wind turbines placed in the ocean to generate electricity may have another major benefit: weakening hurricanes before the storms make landfall.... Read more »

Jacobson, M., Archer, C., & Kempton, W. (2014) Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines. Nature Climate Change, 4(3), 195-200. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2120  

  • February 28, 2014
  • 10:20 AM

For the love of cod | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

A poetic intersection between life and science, art and photography.... Read more »

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