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Related Efforts - Future of Research Communications. The Storytelling Animal: The Science of How We Came to Live and Breathe Stories. Pannell Discussions » 213 – The environmental planning fallacy. Psychologists studying the way that people plan projects have found that they are often way too optimistic – they think the project will take less time, or cost less, or achieve greater change, or that the change is worth more, relative to what is realistic based on experience with other similar projects.

Pannell Discussions » 213 – The environmental planning fallacy

We have observed exactly these tendencies in environmental planning, and seen that they create serious (but often unrecognised) problems for managers wishing to prioritise environmental projects. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky made very successful careers out of studying the biases that commonly occur in people’s thinking, culminating in Kahneman being awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 (Tversky would surely have shared the award if he had still been alive). Kahneman’s recent book for a general audience, ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ (Kahneman, 2011), includes very enlightening and entertaining information about the various biases. Data and visualization blogs worth following. About three years ago, I shared 37 data-ish blogs you should know about, but a lot has changed since then.

Data and visualization blogs worth following

Some blogs are no longer in commission, and lots of new blogs have sprung up (and died). Today, I went through my feed reader again, and here's what came up. Coincidentally, 37 blogs came up again. (Update: added two I forgot, so 39 now.) The Mind's Flight. Growing up my heroes were mostly scientists and writers – or people who were both: Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens; Jane Austen and Jane Goodall; Galileo, Stephen Jay Gould, Virginia Woolf and Gary Paulsen.

The Mind's Flight

In my adolescence I imagined my future self studying animals in the wild and probably discovering new species. My future self would also write novels. And take pictures for National Geographic. Neurergus.org - Home. POSKOD.SG. Sandwiched in between the two better-known eastern neighbourhoods of Marine Parade and Bedok, Siglap is less recognised, less dense and much smaller in size.

POSKOD.SG

It is largely comprised of landed housing estates, with rows and rows of terrace houses neatly lined up next to and across each other, outlined by greenery. Punctuating this otherwise linear landscape are schools, the occasional apartment building and parks. While Siglap may seem like a typical landed housing area, its relationship with nature is not. The Diet of the Common Palm Civet in Singapore. Corlett, R.

The Diet of the Common Palm Civet in Singapore

WRC Pulse. If you can get beyond the shoveling, the hairy commuting and feeling like a Michelin Man every time you go outside, deep winter in Minnesota is a beautiful time of year.

WRC Pulse

Sundogs (like the one shown above) can be found in the sky, stars seem more brilliant than ever and the bright flash of a cardinal really stands out against the pristine white snow. But can cold ever be “too cold” for our feathered and furred friends? While winter does thin wild populations, most of our resident wildlife at this time of year are built to handle the cold. Even double digits below zero. Birds are equipped with down and fluff up their feathers to trap heat in close to their bodies. Tropical shark's log. Purple Doesn’t Exist: Some thoughts on Male Privilege and Science Online. I don’t often write about gender and science, but I have been thinking and reading about it lately.

Purple Doesn’t Exist: Some thoughts on Male Privilege and Science Online

If you were hoping for my typical aloof lecturing, or overblown (yet intellectual) ranting, just wait a few days (or you could revisit what I think of David Brooks and Larry Summers). At a wonderful dinner out at the recent Science Online Conference, I found myself explaining why I consider myself a psychologist, even though some people don’t consider the study of visual perception “psychological.” This comes up often in response to the question: “Are you going to use your psychology knowledge to analyze me?”

Inkfish. I’ve got your missing links right here (2 July 2011) Top picks “If this were true adios theory.”

I’ve got your missing links right here (2 July 2011)

World Seagrass Association. Every so often (but only as often as we receive contributions) we feature a seagrass meadow from around the world.

World Seagrass Association

This week, Laura Soissons shares her observations of her field site in the Yellow River Delta in China. Laura is a PhD student with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ-Yerseke) studying human impacts on seagrass. “Where are the seagrasses?” This is the main question my colleagues and I had in mind last summer when we were visiting our field site in the Yellow River Delta area in China. Sadly enough, we haven’t seen them make a comeback. The Wildlife Society - GrantsNet. Shark Science Monday: the Known Unknowns of Shark Conservation. The top 10 shark conservation stories of 2011. Caribbean reef shark, Bimini.

The top 10 shark conservation stories of 2011

Photo credit: David Shiffman 2011 was a relatively good year for sharks and rays. Presented below, in no particular order, are ten important shark conservation stories from the past year. 1. Brian Switek. Laelaps. Dr. John Yong's Guides to mangroves, mistletoes and ferns. Dr. John Yong has shared valuable guides to our mangroves, mistletoes and ferns! Click on image to download full size. A Bit of Behavioral Ecology. Tl;dr: Andrew Fabich is a creationist 'microbiologist' at Liberty University who isn't a great scientist. Who is Andrew Fabich? LEARN FROM NATURE. MYRMECOS - Insect Photography - Insect Pictures. Dinosaur Tracking Blog - Where Paleontology Meets Pop Culture. The economics of science blogging. « A Bit of Behavioral Ecology.

Deep-Sea News. The Bug Geek. Time to tweet : Naturejobs. The Bug Whisperer. Scientists & Social Media; A Popular Subject » Biodiversity in Focus Blog. In the past few months, the topic of scientists taking to the netwaves to broadcast their ideas, opinions and research has been a popular topic. Oso El Economista: THE EVIL SCIENCE. Science communication? I wish it were that easy… « A Bit of Behavioral Ecology.

Image via CrunchBase Over at Scientific American, Christie Wilcox has written a provocative piece making the argument that every scientist should blog, be on Twitter, and otherwise throw themselves into the social media revolution. On Naïveté Among Scientists Who Wish to Communicate. My co-networker at Science Sushi, Christie Wilcox, wrote a heartfelt post about why she believes scientists need to jump away the lab bench and proclaim unto the world, SCIENCE! Information exchange (and stuff, too) via social media « The Bug Geek. News from the Field.

Busy Shinjuku district, TokyoFrom Japan’s electric metropolises seemingly pulled straight out of Akira or Blade Runner, China and Taiwan’s factories working 24/7 to supply our modern word with stuff and North Korea’s cold war cocoon with choreographed military parades to bamboo forests in the foothills of the Himalayas, alpine meadows on the slopes of a Hokkaido volcano and hidden mountain temples filled with the smell of burning incense, East Asia is an amazing place. On the nature side of things the region remains little studied and unfamiliar to those nature buffs in the general public more accustomed to seeing the savannas of Sub-Sarahan Africa or an Amazonian rainforest on the Discovery channel rather than Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range or Hong Kong’s Mai-Po wetlands. The biodiversity of the region is certainly under appreciated with enormous potential to provide scientific insight on the power of biological evolution. Nature Blog Network - The Toplist for Every Species of Nature Blog.

The ICCS Year-Round Cleanups at Tanah Merah East « News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. About. About Coffee & Conservation. FAQs. Post-exam activities for undergraduate students « Otterman speaks… Bohemian Explorer. Octopus Chronicles: Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods. The Fig Tree Forum. Sustainability in a Changing World. Shades of Grey.

Journey through paradise. tHE tiDE cHAsER. Wildlife encounters out and about in the UK. The annotated budak. NeuroDojo.