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Excellent work by +Zuleyka Zevallos. Thank you for both the scholarship AND emotional labor.
Science March on Washington, Billed as Historic, Plagued by Organisational Turmoil
I'll be sharing with you some recent media interviews I've done on issues with diversity in the March for Science. The first is by STAT News.

“Australian-based sociologist Zuleyka Zevallos, in an email to STAT, pointed to what she called ‘racist dog-whistling’ by the Los Angeles march chapter in a Twitter post that was since deleted: 'some scientists [are] concerned with the march turning into [a] political event and losing its focus. What do YOU pledge to do to keep it peaceful?” The leap from 'political’ to 'violent’ did not sit well with some minority science advocates.

"Last week, Zevallos published an article about the march’s various diversity problems — a move she made after 'close to two months of equity missteps, and many scientists were fed up by having offered their volunteering, advice and resources, only to be ignored,’ she said.” (Note: my article:

This article has many troubling aspects. From how diversity is discussed by one of the March for Science committee members (diversity “diminishes science”); to the revelation post-publication that one of the former committee members quoted (Morris) has a long history of White supremacist and sexist behaviour; to, it seems, possible unethical practices by the journalist (this piece was updated with additional quotes by committee members in response to being misquoted).

What a mess.

For a background on the issues and the scientific evidence of why equity, inclusion and access are important in science and academia, read my articles: The March for Science Can’t Figure Out How to Handle Diversity, Latino Rebels:

Analyzing the March for Science Diversity Discourse, DiverseScholar, 8:1:

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Fortunately Palau is in good shape and can afford to reserve the surrounding coast. This data is a necessary baseline for comparison.
It stands to reason that if you protect the ocean, ecosystems will thrive. Now, scientists have hard data to back up that logical assumption, thanks to a sweeping study of marine reserves in the island nation of Palau.

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Here's to the late James Rosenquist and all the defunct or past their 80s heyday fine dining establishments where his work adorned the walls.

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Best. air-freshener. ever.
We (at the Mahometan & Celestial LLC HQ) are arguing about whether an air freshener can truly eliminate a stench of such magnitude or whether it behaves like febreeze or a bathroom match, merely covering up the stench.

TX to +Nayland Blake for the heads up.

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This is the good blackwater.
Every night in the open ocean zooplankton migrate toward the surface, away from their deepwater daytime habitat. They are followed by a large and diverse community of fish and invertebrates in what is called “diel vertical migration.” By scuba diving in the open ocean at night, so-called “blackwater divers” are some of the few people on Earth who get to see these weird and wonderful animals up close.

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Keeping in mind, even as of the 2007 IPCC report there was almost no data on the pH of Arctic waters. That's how understudied the Arctic has been despite the perpetual obsession with mineral/oil exploration and international territorial claims.
A new study, just out Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, indicates that the Arctic Ocean is also becoming more acidic, another consequence caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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Because decades of neglect led to largely destroyed reefs in many areas, it's about time those resorts gave back.
“Programs like this have to come from the heart,” Doris Goh, the chief marketing officer of Alila Manggis, said. “We believe in being good neighbors and showing that there is sustainability in tourism and that we will protect the environment and the beauty of it for future generations.”

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Plastic. It's what's for dinner.
Researchers report finding PCBs in crustaceans living in two of the deepest trenches in the ocean.

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