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Brandon Keim
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Terrestrial mammal. Freelance journalist and writer. Science, nature, animals & ideas.
Terrestrial mammal. Freelance journalist and writer. Science, nature, animals & ideas.

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My first book, “The Eye of the Sandpiper,” has hatched!

Pigeons in love. Vacant lot ecology. How butterfly wings get their spots. Thirty-nine stories of biology's wonders, the inner lives of animals, and environmental ideas for the 21st century.

It’s perfect #SummerReading for #nature lovers. Now available on Kindle or paperback from Amazon:

http://a.co/7fC6QsI

And if you buy the paperback directly from Cornell University Press, get 50% off until June 30 with the code 09JUNE:

http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100295150
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"Last spring I came to know a pair of pigeons. I’d been putting out neighborly sunflower seeds for them and my local Brooklyn house sparrows; typically I left them undisturbed while feeding, but every so often I’d want to water my plants or lie in the sun. This would scatter the flock—all, that is, except for these two...."
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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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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:
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Pollinators get all the attention, but neonicotinoids have farther-reaching effects.
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