Archive for January, 2013

January 15, 2013 – evolution got drunk last night

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Honoring natural selection’s most awkward creations. Go home, evolution, you are drunk.


January 14, 2013 – Scientific families: Dynasty

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Bob Paine fathered an idea — and an academic family — that changed ecology.


January 13, 2013 – bird call library

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library: world’s largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. Our mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species’ behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts.


January 12, 2013 – the warmest year

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False balance: Fox News demands a recount on US’ warmest year


January 11, 2013 – dead animals

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Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death by Dr Bernd Heinrich

You may not want to watch this slideshow of dead animals.


January 10, 2013 – Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

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Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Frans Lanting is one of the greatest nature photographers of our time. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon and Time, as well as numerous award-winning books. Lanting’s recent exhibition, The LIFE Project, offers a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth.


January 9, 2013 – Best nature pictures of 2012

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Best Nature Pictures of 2012

125 Years of National Geographic


January 8, 2013 – poop

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The Facts About Poop

History of Shit Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year: An Illustrated Bathroom Companion for Grown-Ups


January 7, 2013 – American Automobile Association

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I am not now, and never have been, a member of the automobile owning class. The AAA tries, again, to get me to join. I don’t own a car and never will. I don’t even have a license to drive YOUR car! Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012


January 6, 2013 – Wright’s Law

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Wright’s Law Jeffrey Wright uses wacky experiments to teach children about the universe, but it is his own personal story that teaches them the true meaning of life.


January 5, 2013 – Germs Are Us

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GERMS ARE US We inherit every one of our genes, but we leave the womb without a single microbe. As we pass through our mother’s birth canal, we begin to attract entire colonies of bacteria. By the time a child can crawl, he has been blanketed by an enormous, unseen cloud of microorganisms—a hundred trillion or more. They are bacteria, mostly, but also viruses and fungi (including a variety of yeasts), and they come at us from all directions: other people, food, furniture, clothing, cars, buildings, trees, pets, even the air we breathe. They congregate in our digestive systems and our mouths, fill the space between our teeth, cover our skin, and line our throats. We are inhabited by as many as ten thousand bacterial species; these cells outnumber those which we consider our own by ten to one, and weigh, all told, about three pounds—the same as our brain. Together, they are referred to as our microbiome.


January 4, 2013 – the man who proved all life on earth was related

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The Man Who Proved All Life On Earth Was Related Carl Woese, a biophysicist and evolutionary microbiologist whose discovery 35 years ago of a “third domain” of life in the vast realm of micro-organisms altered scientific understanding of evolution, died on Sunday at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 84.


January 3, 2013 – the world’s oldest fossils

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The world’s oldest fossils: Researchers claim bacteria existed on Earth before OXYGEN The fossils found in north-west Australia are thought to be 3.5bn years old. Not actual petrified remains, they are rather traces of organic processes. Researchers claim the discovery could help the search for life on Mars.


January 2, 2013 – Chasing Ice

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Chasing Ice Seeing “Chasing Ice,” a new movie that chronicles the rapid disappearance of the world’s glaciers as man-made climate change proceeds, I was reminded of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.”

Chasing Ice Official Trailer

James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss TEDGlobal 2009

Extreme Ice


January 1, 2013 – erratic environments and evolution

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Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution by Charles Choi, LifeScience, December 25, 2012