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Dan Levitis
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The hills will look lifeless when you return, the char infinitely deep,
like death on a cracker but the cracker has burned and so has the plate.
But before the ravens, getting soot on their jet, remove the last body
of evidence of life that was, the hill...
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Current sea surface temperatures
Seeing this, it seems somehow unsurprising that we got three simultaneous Atlantic Hurricanes, including two that repeatedly made landfall as Major hurricanes. That many millions of square miles of high-energy water are not natural, and not good news.
Current sea surface temperatures
Current sea surface temperatures
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Scientists are rarely dispassionate about their research.
Why spend years trying to figure out the fine details of something you have no
interest in? Before my wife and I lost two pregnancies, I had thought
abstractly about the question of why developmental...
BLOG OF SCIENCE!
BLOG OF SCIENCE!
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I, lichen.
A lichen is an ecosystem. It consists of a multicellular
fungus that provides the gross structure of the lichen, and a community of
microbes that live in and on that structure, including photosynthesizers.  A human is an ecosystem. It consists of a
multicel...
I, lichen.
I, lichen.
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Me as a peer reviwer
I find it painful to read a very critical peer review, even if it clearly intended to be constructive. This is somehow especially true when I am the reviewer. That I've just written a rejection-worthy critical review, and seem to do so fairly often (always ...
Me as a peer reviwer
Me as a peer reviwer
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My brother and the failure of TrumpCare
Why, please ask yourself, do the Republicans, after years of wishing
to replace the Affordable Care Act, have no replacement even they can
support? One clear answer is illustrated by my brother, Jason
Levitis, an unsung American hero. I've mostly kept quiet...
My brother and the failure of TrumpCare
My brother and the failure of TrumpCare
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Friendly Adivce for Your First NSF Pre-proposal
It is going to be okay. Very okay. Let's start with the important information that until last month I, like anyone who needs to read this post, had never applied for, let alone received, US National Science Foundation research funding. Having been out of th...
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Large Alligators, explained.
I've now seen several reactions to this video shouting questions like, "Why aren't they all dead?!",
"Why aren't they running for their lives!?" Well, sit yerself down my friend, I'm going to be brief. 1. Telephoto lens makes that ol' gator look bigger and
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Large Alligators, explained.
Large Alligators, explained.
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Advantitious knowledge
Joseph Grinnell, eminent ecologist and zoologist of the early 20th century, and founding Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology , where I was a graduate student, wrote some hilarious stuff. Google Scholar lists 376 publications in his name, most of wh...
Advantitious knowledge
Advantitious knowledge
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How to tell if your aphid is done reproducing.
If you want to know if a parthenogenetic pea aphid is all done reproducing, look at her abdomen. If there are eyespots, she still has embryos in her. If not, she's done. If she is post-reproductive, she's likely to move to the edge of the colony, where risk...
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