Bats, then frogs, and now. A new deadly, interspecies (not specific to one species of snake) fungus is sweeping across North America.
Which is not good for snake biologist, or for snakes.
Read about it here.
Today, in articles that make you go “d-awwwwwww”
Unseasonably cold weather hit the Winga Baw camp for orphaned elephants in Myanmar, and workers scrambled to protect the seven animals in their care, using straw to keep them warm, according to Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, a nonprofit based in Thailand that is dedicated to Asian elephants.
Temperatures fell to 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country. But the camp, in the Bago Region of Myanmar, had another secret weapon: giant knitted and crocheted blankets.
They were donated by Blankets for Baby Rhinos, a wildlife conservation craft group founded in November 2016 on Facebook by Sue Brown, who has been involved in rhino conservation for 25 years, and Elisa Best, a veterinary surgeon.
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I think the biggest impact of the Trump administrations attack on science, is that scientists don’t feel welcome anymore.
Which will have PROFOUND effects on our economic growth and how we are perceived as a world leader. PROFOUND.
And one common misconception I hear is that scientists think/support an idea because they are being paid to. Spoiler alert: scientist don’t get paid much in the best of times. Federal scientist almost never get paid enough. Ever.
So it’s disheartening to hear that those who are working tirelessly as civil servants are leaving the agencies in droves. Read about it here.
I hate the title of this article. I really do. Science is not a religion, as it does not necessitate a leap of faith, and is based in empirical evidence.
But, it is an interesting article over at the New York times about how they found science and how that changed their views on the world.
Worth reading here!
Ok, who amongst us knew that there was such a thing as a “modern” mummy? Seriously, this is news to me.
At any rate, over at National Geographics, they have compiled a few photos of what they classify as an “extraordinary mummy”.
Curious? Read about it here!
@GrrlScientist wrote an excellent article over at Medium (written for the Guardian).
“Natural history museums are many things but they are not the exclusive domain of dry, dusty old white men, rooting around in dry, dusty old drawers, examining dry, dusty old dead things. In fact, most natural history museums are modern research institutions filled with a vast diversity of items and people whose lives revolve around them. They are collections of almost anything you can name or imagine, from centuries-old specimens to more recently collected frozen tissues and digitised genomic data. These collections are essential catalogues to the sciences of taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography, disciplines that provide a firm footing for evolution, natural history, ecology, behaviour, conservation and anthropology as well as insights into more recent processes like human-created climate change.”
Want more? Read about it here!