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They may appear as spots, small threads, filaments, or cobwebs and they’re not optical illusions. They’re really there, drifting about inside your eyes. 
Most of us have seen strange shapes floating in our vision from time to time. Jason G Goldman explains what they are…
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Today in wildlife news: pandas are more likely to mate if you let them choose their own partners. 
Giant pandas are notoriously hard to breed. What if conservationists considered mate preference rather than just genetic compatibility?
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My latest at KCET is on +Aaron Pomerantz's latest jungle discovery - a rainforest detective story that involves a tree, a mysterious parasite, a caterpillar, a butterfly, and an ant. 
This Los Angeles-based entomologist didn't set out to document an entirely new ecosystem. He just sort of stumbled on it.
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The growth in tourism will be unsustainable against a background of climate change, and yet there is little chance that folks will stop going on vacation. But what if there was a way to go on vacation while helping fix the problem? According to new research, tacking on an $11 tax to each trip could do just that. 
Tourism helps make the world feel like a smaller place, which ought to inspire sustainability. But the tourism industry generates lots of waste.
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Want some golden bamboo? A live plant can be yours for just $17. Be careful though. If it spreads beyond your yard, it could build up dense stands that crowd out important native species. Moving live plants, even invasive ones like golden bamboo, around the world is easy. Too easy.

Every day, thousands of plants are bought and sold through e-commerce platforms. Can they be monitored to guard against the import of invasive species?
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"By the time it's dunked in batter, deep fried, and piled onto your taco, it can be deadly."

The state closed California's crab fishery, so I used the opportunity to explain a little bit about bioaccumulation.
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so how is this going to affect the price of crab meat?
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Ecosystems have their own sort of immune systems, and healthier, more robust ecosystems are better equipped to minimize the rate of infection. And that’s good news not just for animals, but also for humans. After all, we all suffer from many of the same diseases.
Preserving ecosystems with high biodiversity is a noble goal, but it’s also a selfish one: more biodiversity means less disease transmission.
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I made a return appearance on +Cara Santa Maria's podcast this week, and it's all foxes all the time (and also some mountain lions). If you're into urban wildlife this is the episode for you.

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Cara chats with science writer Dr. Jason Goldman about urban wildlife in Southern California, including the pumas/mountain lions/panthers/cougars of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Catalina Island foxes. Also discussed: what we've learned about domestication from Dmitry Belyaev's silver fox study. Follow Jason: @jgold85.
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Last month I took a very early morning boat over to Catalina Island to spend the day trapping North America's smallest (and most adorable) foxes.
With careful monitoring and a vaccination campaign, Catalina Island’s tiny foxes are steadily recovering.
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If long-distance migrants like humpback whales are going to be conserved, then it stands to reason that conservationists need a complete accounting of their annual movements – including when they’re a bit further from shore. 
Researchers have new information about the Southern Pacific humpback whales’ full migration route, providing important data that could aid conservation.
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There are a thousand reasons this is a bad idea. I reached out to some herpetologists to get a few of those thousand reasons.
The head of Indonesia’s Anti-Narcotics Agency says he'd like to build a special prison surrounded by crocodiles, Bond villain-style. If he's serious, that's a fantastically bad idea. Here's why.
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It's a neat animal, but calling it a "coywolf" robs it of the truly fascinating underlying science.
Is a new type of half-coyote, half-wolf hybrid taking over North America? It sounds like the premise of a really bad SyFy movie, but it’s true. Well, sort of true.
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I just watched a documentary about this -- fascinating how they're thriving in urban areas.
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Scientist (Animal Cognition), Science Writer, Photographer
Employment
  • Conservation Magazine
    Freelance Writer, 2013 - present
  • Earth Touch
    Staff Writer, 2014 - present
  • BBC Future
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - present
  • Scientific American
    Freelance Writer, 2011 - present
  • University of Southern California
    Graduate Student, 2007 - 2013
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Scientist by day, science writer by night. I study the evolution of the mind. Scientist to the stars.
Introduction
Scientist by day, science writer by night. Areas: Cognitive neuroscience and animal cognition.

ScienceSeeker editor and Editor of Open Lab 2010. Photographer. Scientist to the stars.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, 2007 - 2013
  • University of Southern California
    M.A., Developmental Psychology, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Southern California