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Bees’ Decline Linked to Pesticides, Studies Find. Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist. Zoologger: Unique life form is half plant, half animal - life - 13 January 2012. Zoologger is our weekly column highlighting extraordinary animals – and occasionally other organisms – from around the world Species: Mesodinium chamaeleonHabitat: seawater around Scandinavia and North America, chowing down on a new generation of slaves Many animals transform themselves almost beyond recognition in the course of their lives.

Zoologger: Unique life form is half plant, half animal - life - 13 January 2012

Living Alongside Wildlife: Trapping Tropical Turtles Today. Some animals, like turtles, can live for decades.

Living Alongside Wildlife: Trapping Tropical Turtles Today

But most turtle studies only last a few years (one big reason is that many studies are conducted by graduate students and, contrary to popular belief, students do in fact want to graduate quickly). So, because turtles live for decades and most studies are completed after just a couple years, that means that much of what we know about these animals is based on snapshots in time. Since many of us want to know best how to conserve turtle populations, it is important that we have a better understanding about how they change over time.

Atlantic cod study renews debate over grey seal cull. When Atlantic cod stocks went into freefall through the 1980s, while grey seal populations were simultaneously exploding, it has long seemed to Canadian fishermen that there must be a link between the two: that the seals have been eating the fish, and that the 20-year moratorium on the Northern cod fishery was a solution that did not fit the problem.

Atlantic cod study renews debate over grey seal cull

How I became we, which became I again. Most life on Earth exists as single cells.

How I became we, which became I again

But the ones comprised of many cells, from the tiniest ant to the tallest tree, have had an undeniable impact on our planet. These ‘multicellular’ creatures evolved from single-celled ancestors at least 25 times throughout Earth’s history. 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)

Darwin’s margin scribbles show the evolution of a theory Video games that use living microbes. HAL lives, breathes, is infected with toxins. Thomas Knudsen carefully poisons a 3-week-old human embryo with a dose of isoretinoin.

HAL lives, breathes, is infected with toxins

Isoretinoin, more commonly known as the acne medication Accutane, is highly toxic, a known cause of birth defects. Hellbender Salamander Gets Endangered Species Designation, but No Habitat Protection—and That May Be a Good Thing. The U.S.

Hellbender Salamander Gets Endangered Species Designation, but No Habitat Protection—and That May Be a Good Thing

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) this week granted the Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi) protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) but made the unusual decision not to declare critical habitat for the rare, giant salamanders because, it said, doing so could open it to threats from those who would illegally collect the species for the international pet trade. Ozark hellbenders are North America’s largest amphibians, often topping off at 60 centimeters in length, and because of that size they are highly valued by collectors. A study published in Applied Herpetology in 2007 found evidence of rampant illegal hellbender collection between 1969 and 1989, including 171 individuals collected during one September weekend in 1980.

The study blamed the illegal pet trade as one of the major factors in the 75 percent decline of Ozark hellbender populations over the past few decades. Zoonotic Viruses Found in Seized Wildlife - in Infectious Disease, General Infectious Disease from MedPage Today. Bushmeat and other illegally imported wildlife confiscated at U.S. ports can harbor zoonotic viruses, researchers found.

Zoonotic Viruses Found in Seized Wildlife - in Infectious Disease, General Infectious Disease from MedPage Today

A pilot screening program conducted largely at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) identified several pathogens, including simian foamy virus and herpesviruses, among non-human primate products attempted to be smuggled into the country, Kristine Smith, PhD, of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City. "Although the findings to date are from a small pilot study, they remind us of the potential public health risk posed by illegal importation of wildlife products -- a risk we hope to better characterize through expanded surveillance at ports of entry around the country," Smith said in a statement.

Currently, there's minimal surveillance of imported wildlife -- even that which is legally imported -- despite the fact that the U.S. brings in more animals than any other country. The study was supported by the V. Top Five Uses of Social Media in Education. Written By: Cyndi Laurenti Social media use has increased significantly since they caught on a few years ago.

Top Five Uses of Social Media in Education

A recent study showed 1 in 14 people on Earth has a Facebook account. Malaysian orchids: The curse of beauty. Natalie Heng The Star 20 Dec 11;

Malaysian orchids: The curse of beauty

Guide reveals Amazon's biological bounty. Mark Kinver BBC News 20 Dec 11; The UN has co-produced a study that lists scientific details of Amazon plant species that can be harvested for economic or medicinal purposes. It is estimated that 80% of people in developing nations depend on non-wood forest products, such as fruit, for nutrition and medicine. The publication aims to help bridge the gap in knowledge between scientists and local people, the authors have said. The publication coincides with the end of the International Year of Forests. The 353-page book, Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life - co-produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (Cifor) and People and Plants International (PPI) - profiles a range of species that offer communities a range of uses. Seized RM3.9 million pangolins likely also from Sabah. Seized RM3.9 million pangolins likely also from Sabah Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Customs has not ruled out the possibility that the 5,000kg of frozen pangolin meat seized in Sandakan last week, may have originated from Sabah islands, Sarawak or neighbouring countries.

Its Acting Director Dr Janathan Kandok said the department suspected Sandakan is the collection centre before the suppliers meet up and smuggle it out of Sabah. "In the latest case, over 1,000 packets of frozen pangolin meat were seized from a 40-foot long boat at Batu Sapi waters near Kg Bahagia at about 6.30pm on Dec. 7. "This pangolin meat is believed to have medicinal benefits especially for men and it is being sold at RM800 per kg in the international market and RM150 per kg in the local market," he told Daily Express, Monday. World AIDS Day Today: Pushing Towards Not Having One in the Future. Prime Indonesian Jungle To Be Cleared For Palm Oil. Jakarta Globe 9 Dec 11;

Durban climate talks: Hidden costs of annual negotiations. A member of Oxfam protesting against the use of coal-based energy on Durban's beachfront yesterday. The UN said it would offset some 1,844 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from delegates? Meat diets pose environmental danger: report. LONDON Mon Oct 4, 2010 5:52pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) - People will have to cut meat from their diets if the world is to stay within safer limits of planet-warming greenhouse gases, nitrate pollution and habitat destruction, according to a journal article published on Monday. Experts agree that eating plant products can be better for the environment, because eating meat involves consuming animals which are themselves raised on plants, a less efficient process.

Artificial meat? Food for thought by 2050. Artificial meat grown in vats may be needed if the 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 are to be adequately fed without destroying the earth, some of the world's leading scientists report today. But a major academic assessment of future global food supplies, led by John Beddington, the UK government chief scientist, suggests that even with new technologies such as genetic modification and nanotechnology, hundreds of millions of people may still go hungry owing to a combination of climate change, water shortages and increasing food consumption.

In a set of 21 papers published by the Royal Society, the scientists from many disciplines and countries say that little more land is available for food production, but add that the challenge of increasing global food supplies by as much as 70% in the next 40 years is not insurmountable. Inside the mind of the octopus. Inside the mind of the octopus. Lynn Margulis, Trailblazing Theorist on Evolution, Dies at 73. Staying relevant. One zoo shows that animal parks still have a place in society. MANY believe wild animals have no place in captivity. Period. A traditional perception toward zoos is that they are a place where animals are held against their will and gawked at.

Creativity needed to reduce demand for endangered species. WWF 25 Nov 11; RWS’ actuations suggest it has something to hide. Philippine Daily Inquirer 25 Nov 11; Shark Bay stromatolites at risk from climate change. Io9. We come from the future. This beetle larva tricks its predator into becoming prey. Discover Magazine. What You Eat Affects Your Genes: RNA from Rice Can Survive Digestion and Alter Gene Expression. Flesh-eating plant inspires super-slippery material that repels everything.

Science & Environment. Non-native species cost 'British economy £1.7bn' 15 December 2010Last updated at 00:33 The grey squirrel is among the species identified in the report Invasive non-native species such as the grey squirrel and Japanese knotweed cost the British economy £1.7bn a year, a report has suggested. BBC - Earth News - Blue whale's gigantic mouthful measured. Insect that fights Japanese knotweed to be released. BBC - Earth News - Killer whales: What to do with captive orcas?

Is there an alien in your garden? British gardeners warned over invasive water plants. Scientific American. A Biology Teacher’s Ode to Sir David Attenborough. Science Without Borders® A Male’s Tale // Science Without Borders® Moon_Night_2011.pdf (application/pdf Object) WildlifeTimesJune2011.pdf (application/pdf Object) 'Porpicide': Bottlenose dolphins killing porpoises. Global warming leading to migration of fish. Newfound Octopus Impersonates Fish, Snakes. Yale Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting & Debate. A Planetary Crisis Is A Terrible Thing to Waste by Christian Schwägerl. The World at 7 Billion: Can We Stop Growing Now? by Robert Engelman. The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology by Caroline Fraser. A Huge Oil Palm Plantation Puts African Rainforest at Risk by Rhett Butler and Jeremy Hance.

As Shark Slaughter Continues, A Defender Targets Fin Trade by. On Biking, Why Can’t the U.S. Learn Lessons from Europe? by Elisabeth Rosenthal. Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Seeks Revenge for the Electric Car by. The Crucial Role of Predators: A New Perspective on Ecology by Caroline Fraser. Colorado River: Running Near Empty by. By Barcoding Trees, Liberia Looks to Save its Rainforests by Fred Pearce. New Model for Aquaculture Takes Hold Far from the Sea by. Green Failure: What’s Wrong With Environmental Education? by Michelle Nijhuis. How Fisheries Can Gain From The Lessons of Sustainable Food by John Waldman.