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Evolution is a fact
If you're tired of arguing with people who don't understand evolution, here's the ammunition you need.
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Perhaps what these sorts of points—or even more, an in-depth look at how important evolution is to medicine and agriculture—can do is sway the apathetic, who see evolution vs. creationism as a debate between science and religion that doesn't concern them. There are a lot of these people in the U.S., and some of them are in public office.
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Scientists taught new foraging techniques to great tits (Parus major) and tracked them. From only two trained birds per sub-population, the information spread via social network to reach about 75% of individuals. Interestingly, individuals favoured social information over personal information!
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Bald Ibises studied by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology  (auf Deutsch) +MaxPlanckSociety starting at 6:20
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"Twenty-five years earlier, in 1989, the man in front of me had hatched a plan to transform the former no-man’s land that separated Western Europe from the Eastern Bloc into an eco-corridor running through the heart of Europe. It was a preposterous idea. The Iron Curtain had been just that—a series of steel-reinforced barriers. Electrified fences, razor wire, land mines, trip lines, and machine guns: If it could stop, maim, or kill you, the Soviets put it there. Not exactly “eco.”
 
The Boys Who Loved Birds -- lovely feature story from The Big Roundtable http://po.st/s828Id 
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however... the trend is complex.
 
from the article : "
The received wisdom that women are more likely than men to drop out of academia at every stage of a scientific career is now false, psychologists say — at least in the United States. An analysis of survey data finds that, since the 1990s, men and women in the country have converted their bachelor’s degrees into science, mathematics and engineering PhDs at roughly equal rates. The study adds to encouraging signs that fewer women are dropping out of science careers than used to be the case.

“The bachelor’s-to-PhD pipeline no longer leaks more women than men, although it did in the past,” says psychologist David Miller of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who is a co-author of the study, published on 17 February in Frontiers in Psychology(

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For decades, research and public discourse about gender and science have often assumed that women are more likely than men to “leak” from the science pipeline at multiple points after entering college. We used retrospective longitudinal methods to investigate how accurately this “leaky pipeline” metaphor has described the bachelor’s to Ph.D. transition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the U.S. since the 1970s. Among STEM bachelor’s degree earners in the 1970s and 1980s, women were less likely than men to later earn a STEM Ph.D. However, this gender difference closed in the 1990s. Qualitatively similar trends were found across STEM disciplines. The leaky pipeline metaphor therefore partially explains historical gender differences in the U.S., but no longer describes current gender differences in the bachelor’s to Ph.D. transition in STEM. The results help constrain theories about women’s underrepresentation in STEM. Overall, these results point to the need to understand gender differences at the bachelor’s level and below to understand women’s representation in STEM at the Ph.D. level and above. Consistent with trends at the bachelor’s level, women’s representation at the Ph.D. level has been recently declining for the first time in over 40 years.
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http://www.nature.com/news/us-women-progress-to-phd-at-same-rate-as-men-1.16939
Pipeline for female scientists is no longer leaking between bachelor's and graduate studies.
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Competing bluebirds make tougher sons
"Female western bluebirds that have to compete for nesting sites produce more early-hatching male chicks than do females with fewer competitors. The chicks are also likely to be more aggressive."
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August 2014: "The Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) is one of the most important and threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world, containing the only living examples of nearly 10,000 species of plant and more bird species than all of Europe... Situated along the Atlantic coast of Brazil, it once covered an area of nearly 1.5 million square kilometres. Today, the forest... covers only 160,000 km2, because of deforestation. "

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Brazil could conserve its valuable Atlantic Forest by investing just 0.01 per cent of its annual GDP, according to a new study.
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We’ve received news that, since 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture and its partners in the Sage Grouse Initiative … Read More
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"More recently, the NSF estimated that, in 2010, only 10.6% of PhDs in the biological sciences held tenure-track positions 3 to 5 years after graduation. Given that 26% of life sciences PhDs drop out, overall less than 8% of entering life sciences PhDs eventually land tenure-track positions... Recent surveys by the Royal Society of London suggest that a meager 0.45% of STEM PhD holders in the UK become tenured professors — that’s less than half of 1 percent!"
Young researchers should take the time to educate themselves on STEM career-related statistics. Contributor Robert Aboukhalil. Like many PhD students in their fourth year, there are two things constantly on my mind: one is my research, and the other is my post-graduation plan.
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yeah.... it's pretty tough out there.
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Interested in birds, conservation, and science communication! I study habitat fragmentation impacts on extinction, factoring in animal movement.

"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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  • University of Konstanz
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014 - present
  • Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012 - 2014
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