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Life in Cold Blood Benched?

Do we have something against David Attenborough in this country? First his narration for Planet Earth was overdubbed by Sigourney Weaver, and now I’ve heard that Life in Cold Blood is not even going to be televised in the States. I got this email from Herpdigest this morning: Animal Planet just emailed me. “Life in…

In one week exactly, I will be attending a scientific conference in a hot vacation spot for people across the world. Millions flock there every day to relax, socialize and wtfpwn your face with their Night Elf Mohawk. It ain’t Belize, baby; it’s the World of Warcraft. “Convergence of the Real and the Virtual”, the…

Further Threats to Coral Reefs

As if coral in the world didn’t have enough trouble, increased storm activity/strength is interrupting the reproductive/colonization process in southern Belize: The team measured the size of more than 520 non-branching corals in two major coral reef areas in southern Belize: the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, a world heritage site in the second largest barrier…

Reconstructing Cambrian Food Webs

If I was given three wishes, I have always said that one of them would be to watch the evolution of life at my leisure, being able speeding things up and slowing them down at will. Of all the time periods we’ve designated, the Ediacaran and the Cambrian periods would be a frame by frame…

Two waterways meet in a surreal junction at Vale Summit, a small low streambed in the Appalachian forests of Maryland, surrounded by high sandy banks and the faint sound of passing traffic. Bright orange coal mine drainage from the Hoffman tunnel washes iron oxides and sulfates over rocks and tree limbs and completely distorts the…

Ed has a great review of a recent paper in Nature presenting new research that describes just how extensive the damage done by the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia. The culprit of the outbreak is most likely climate change since sudden drops in temperature common in northern areas like BC have historically been a…

$4.09

That was the posted price of premium gas in downtown Atlanta this morning.

A Link Between Dugongs and Elephants

A comparison of carbon/oxygen isotope ratios from the tooth enamel of two early proboscideans, Moeritherium and Barytherium to other animals of the same era (circa 37 mya) revealed to researchers the possibility of a ancient, semi-aquatic animal, linking the speculated split of dugong and elephant from a common ancestor. “The scientists” (as the article begins;…

Busy Busy/Random Thoughts

It’s been a bit nuts at work this week so far (or was it last week?) so pardon the lack of blogging. We had a user conference for the past few days and it’s been off a bit. I’ve been working on a couple posts about acid mine drainage which I hope to have up…

Oekologie Delay

Don hasn’t posted Oekologie #16 yet, but give him a break; he’s in Florida visiting family. It will be up shortly.