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Bees Be Going. Bees Be Gone?

Honeybee populations continue to collapse across the globe. There does not seem to be a single cause, but a multiplicity of them. This article serves as a reminder of the service these pollinators do for us, and indicates that we … Continue reading

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The Moss Likely to Succeed

It’s not just carbon dioxide that feeds a forest. Trees also depend on nitrogen to grow. And the best buffet of nitrogen comes from moss-loving bacteria. But to get a really nutritious growth of bacteria going, the moss needs to … Continue reading

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“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter, “You’ve had a Pleasant Run…”

Lewis Carroll: “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter, “You’ve had a pleasant run! Shall we be trotting home again?’ But answer came there none– And this was scarcely odd, because They’d eaten every one.” Roughly 85 percent of the world’s oyster … Continue reading

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Whiteout.

Record warm ocean temperatures across much of Earth’s tropical oceans during the summer of 2010 …  fueled in part by the El Niño phenomena, caused the most coral bleaching since 1998, when 16 percent of the world’s reefs were killed off.“Clearly, … Continue reading

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Oh Good

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) — the guy who thinks that man can’t really destroy the planet because the Bible says only God can — was passed over for chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in favor of Rep. Fred … Continue reading

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Gri-Polar Disorder

“Gene pool” is wrong. “Gene river” is more like it. That’s what Richard Dawkins was trying to tell us in “River Out of Eden.” Sometimes, tributaries of the river rejoin. In 2006 a hunter killed an animal that was found … Continue reading

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A Survivor from the Pleistocence

Nice little read in The New York Times: The musk ox is a holdover from the Pleistocene, the age of the giant mammals memorialized in natural history murals everywhere — the mammoths and mastodons, the saber-toothed cats, the giant ground … Continue reading

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