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Scientists use radar & lidar to create vegetation height maps that can help us "estimate forest cover, monitor biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and manage and monitor timber"
Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts have developed vegetation height maps for the entire tropics at very fine spatial scales. These first-of its-kind high resolution maps can help researchers estimate forest cover, monitor biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and manage and monitor timber.
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And it goes further than that: we can measure the HEALTH of a forest or field as well, using satellite imagery.  While the talk is all about monitoring farmer's crops in Africa, it probably could be used to estimate the health of Earth's land based biomasses as well.
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http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/usdaagresmag/126/
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Yawns are contagious in budgies ^_^
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"The crisis in California is a harbinger of water scarcity in much of the world. And while we associate extravagant water use with swimming pools and verdant lawns, the biggest consumer, by far, is agriculture. In California, 80 percent of water used by humans goes to farming and ranching."
 
It takes two gallons of water to produce a single walnut, 12 gallons to produce a head of lettuce--and 450 gallons to produce a hamburger patty. Time to rethink our water-guzzling food factory. My column: http://nyti.ms/1J94A7t 
While we associate extravagant water use with swimming pools and verdant lawns, the biggest consumer is agriculture.
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That's actually one of the main reasons if not the first, to reduce our meat consumption 
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Habitat — the threats to it, the importance of preserving it, and the benefits to birds of restoring it — … Read More
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Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Sally Ride, the first American woman in Space
"The biggest challenge was condensing some of her many accomplishments into a small amount of animation." — Olivia Huynh, the artist behind today's Google Doodles celebrating Sally Ride's birthday.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-052615a-sally-ride-google-doodle.html
Google has paid tribute to the United States' first woman in space with animated Doodles on its site. The whimsical scenes are timed to celebrate what would have been the late astronaut Sally Ride's 64th birthday.
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Brazil cuts red tape stifling biodiversity studies
"the new “biodiversity law” regulates research on “genetic resources”: an all-encompassing term covering everything from genes and proteins to oils and fragrances. It sets rules for sharing benefits with indigenous peoples when R&D leads to a product, such as a drug, shampoo, energy drink, or industrial enzyme, while eliminating bureaucratic hassles and encouraging biodiversity research. Scientists will no longer be “molested” or “bullied” by unreasonable regulation"
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"A spectacular species of hummingbird last recorded in 1946 has been rediscovered in the only place it is known to occur: at high elevations in a remote part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, in northern Colombia... they observed three birds within three scattered patches of habitat on steep hillsides. The patches were tiny, less than 25 acres (10 hectares)... Approximately 50,000 indigenous people live on the mountain range; many of them manage cattle and pigs in sensitive habitats and set fires for agricultural purposes that char natural vegetation."
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"a new paper published this week in the journal Conservation Biology. The study used a new statistical model to look at 12 years of illegal activity within Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park as a way to predict the possibility of future crimes... it may help foretell behavior and therefore protect the park’s elephants, hippos, buffalo, and other heavily poached wildlife."
Researchers have devised a mapping method to predict where wildlife poachers will operate, making it easier to catch them.
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The female mathematician who changed the course of physics—but couldn’t get a job. (Emmy) Noether's Theorem may be the most important theoretical result in modern physics. http://arstechnica.com/?p=665919
(Emmy) Noether's Theorem may be the most important theoretical result in modern physics.
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Anzu wyliei: The “Chicken from Hell”
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I study habitat fragmentation in relation to extinction.

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
 - Baba Dioum

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment... and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
 - Henry David Thoreau

"Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books."
 - John Dingell
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Conservation Ecologist
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  • University of Konstanz
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014 - present
  • Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012 - 2014
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Instead of throwing unsold fruits and veggies into the trash, supermarkets in France will have to donate them to charities and farms.

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10 Ways to Help Migratory Birds - National Wildlife Federation
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The American Bird Conservancy provides 10 tips for helping migratory birds.

Protecting Migratory Birds Requires Focus on Habitat
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This year, a team of educators and biologists came together and decided International Migratory Bird Day should focus on habitat restoration

Relocation: Out of place : Naturejobs
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Enforced mingling and straight-up instruction can help scientists in a foreign country.

Texas hunter shoots endangered Namibian rhino for $350,000 - Yahoo News
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A US hunter who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia successfully shot the animal on Monday, saying that his actions would he

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I'm An Adjunct Who Also Works In A Grocery Store
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I can't make a living as an adjunct professor, so I got a job at a grocery store in my town. A tale of trying to be middle class in today's

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I first attempted making Sichuan dry-fried green beans 5 years ago while living in Beijing. Night after night I would have these delicious c

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