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Some animals are internet stars. Others are subject to obsessive data collecting in the wild. But this visibility comes …
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In a world with 7.5 billion (human) people, the fate of other animals will be determined by how we understand and relate to them — and not as species or populations, but as individuals. Help me report:
It’s a special moment in our relationship to animals: We’re realizing that consciousness isn’t unique to a few extra-brainy creatures, but found all around us. With your help, I’ll tell stories from this exciting scientific and cultural frontier.
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Back from a short vacation and long Google+ hiatus....
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A visit from the neighborhood kestrel.
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We compared entropy for texts written in natural languages (English, Spanish) and artificial languages (computer software) based on a simple expression for the entropy as a function of message length and specific word diversity. Code text written in artificial languages showed higher entropy ...
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This week I had the pleasure of doing the news roundup on Science Friday. It’s a fun challenge: talking rather than writing, performing live rather than drafting and revising, and distilling each story into a minute or two. In other words, the opposite of how I normally operate. Good times!

On this week's agenda: a starting date for the Anthropocene, a 365 million-year-old vernal pool, scientists push back on their vilification by the Malheur militants, and what chimpanzee trust means to us.
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Signs of the Anthropocene, Chimp Trust, and a Twitter Expansion by SciFri
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Pollinators get all the attention, but neonicotinoids have farther-reaching effects.
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Fairies might not be real, but hummingbirds are. #WildlifeWednesday
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The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.
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On the morning of December 2, a lawyer named Steve Wise and three other members of the Nonhuman Rights Project walked up the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse in Johnstown, New York and into the annals of history. In Wise’s hands was a lawsuit demanding something unprecedented in American law: formal recognition that a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Tommy, kept alone in a cage in a local warehouse, is a person, possessing a legal right to bodily liberty previously reserved for humans.
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Spot the woodcock! #wildlifewednesday   +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak Saw her in Inwood Hill park, the old forest at the tip of Manhattan. A winter resident, or just passing through?
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It's a member of that family. Though I think woodcocks are unique in being forest clearing dwellers, rather than near-water birds. I imagine their camouflage became so good they could go inland.
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    Science Journalist, 2007 - present
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    Science Journalist, 2007 - 2015
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Eukaryote. Treehugger. Science journalist.
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I'm Brandon Keim, a freelance journalist specializing in science, animals and nature (and generalizing in technology, biology, sustainability, anthropology, cognition, health, medicine, bioethics and quite a few other things.) Presently I'm working on projects involving the inner lives of animals; the difference between doing things by hand and on-screen; and a glossary of forgotten nature words. I'm also the co-founder of an insect-based cat food company.

My work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, WIRED, National Geographic News, Aeon, Nautilus, Scientific American Mind, The Guardian, Audubon Magazine, Mother Jones, Conservation, NOVA and Stanford Social Innovation Review. I've made broadcast appearances on NPR's Science Friday and Here & Now, PRI's The World and CBC's As It Happens.

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Unacknowledged stone-skipping champion of the world.
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Bangor, Maine