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Diversifiers of the world – Unite!

Diversifiers of the world – Unite!

On my computer screen right now are two molecules. They are both large rings with about thirty atoms each, a motley mix of carbons, hydrogens, oxygens and nitrogens.

April 15, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Sunday Species Snapshot: Spix’s Macaw

You or your kids may have seen the fabulous blue macaw in the movie “Rio” or the just-released “Rio 2.” Unfortunately, more people have seen these movies than will ever see the birds in real life...

April 12, 2014 — John R. Platt

Call of the Orangutan: Expedition Preparations

I'm writing this post while waiting at the gate for my flight from LAX to Indonesia. To anyone that knows me (especially my advisors, former teachers, and long-suffering parents) this last minute approach will not come as any sort of surprise...

April 10, 2014 — James Askew
Killifishes Killed Off: 2 Fish Species May Be Extinct in the Wild

Killifishes Killed Off: Two Species May Be Extinct in the Wild

Is it time to add two more species to the list of recent extinctions? New research indicates that two critically endangered fish species may now be extinct in the wild following the destruction of their only habitats...

April 10, 2014 — John R. Platt
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

I'm really loving the new `Reactions` series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective science-storytelling involves a lot of creativity and style...

April 9, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The Tet Zoo Manifesto

The Tet Zoo Manifesto

As is so often the case, I find myself unable to make the time to finish the numerous Tet Zoo articles I want to complete and release upon the world.

April 7, 2014 — Darren Naish

More Oarfish And This Time They’re Alive

In October, two oarfish mysteriously washed up dead on beaches in Southern California. It’s unusual to find one intact oarfish carcass, so the fact that there were two within days of each other had scientists scratching their heads...

April 7, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names

Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names

Time to dust off those tuxedos and meet me at the Blood Bar in five, because we've got six new species of Dracula ants to discuss. Species belonging to the Amblyoponinae subfamily of ants from Madagascar have earned the nickname `Dracula ants', thanks to a social feeding system that involves the queens and workers feeding [...]..

April 7, 2014 — Bec Crew
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne

I’m really loving the new ‘Reactions‘ series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective science-storytelling involves a lot of creativity and style...

April 6, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Sunday Species Snapshot: Puerto Rican Parrot

Sunday Species Snapshot: Puerto Rican Parrot

The only native parrot species still living in the U.S., these birds nearly went extinct in the second half of the twentieth century. By 1975, only 13 parrots remained.

April 6, 2014 — John R. Platt
The pathogen detectives: sourcing the post-earthquake cholera outbreak in Haiti

The pathogen detectives: sourcing the post-earthquake cholera outbreak in Haiti

Natural disasters such as earthquakes can have far-reaching effects beyond the damage caused on the day they occur. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti damaged the already limited sanitation systems leading to areas without adequate toilet and washing facilities; perfect for the spread of infection diseases...

April 6, 2014 — S.E. Gould
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