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How toxic is the world’s most pesticide? 

The Scientist, Feb 2018. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is designed to be toxic to plants, but scientists observe some untoward effects on animals in the lab.

 

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Like humans, walruses and bats cuddle infants on their left sides

The Scientist, Jan 2018. These mothers and babies keep each other in their left visual fields during maternal care, which aids right-hemisphere processing.

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One of the most important jobs at sea may get more difficult and dangerous

News Deeply, Dec 2017. Independent fisheries observers collect crucial data for regulators on what is being caught and how. But their role can put them in conflict with captains and crew.

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What bat quarrels tell us about vocal learning

The Scientist, Jan 2018. New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.

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How Seafood’s ‘Dark Web’ Obscures Fraud, Fish Laundering, and Slavery on the High Seas

The New Food Economy, Aug 2017. Ships routinely transfer fish on the open ocean. Most of the time, no one’s watching.

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Ghost Poachers are still at Large After the Biggest Shark-Smuggling Bust in Galapagos History

Quartz, Aug 2017. A 3,000-ton ship waltzed right through one of the world’s most heavily protected marine reserves with a haul-load of illegally caught hammerhead sharks. But despite 20 arrests, the poachers are still at large.

 


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Researchers catalog Earth’s microbiome. The Scientist, Feb 2018. The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected in sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

A newly identified photoenzyme helps algae pump out fuel. The Scientist, Feb 2018. The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.

Cellular senescence in astrocytes may play central role in Parkinson’s disease. The Scientist, Jan 2018. The elimination of these glia in the mouse brain ameliorated the development of Parkinsonian neuropathologies induced by the pesticide toxin paraquat.

Like humans, walruses and bats cuddle infants on their left sides. The Scientist, Jan 2018. These mothers and babies keep each other in their left visual fields during maternal care, which aids right-hemisphere processing

What bat quarrels tell us about vocal learning. The Scientist, Jan 2018. New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.

Linoleic acid derivatives potentially mediate pain and itch in the skin. The Scientist, Jan 2018. Researchers uncover a family of compounds that may be involved in pain transmission.

Skin “remembers” wounds, heals faster the second time around. The Scientist, Jan 2018. After an initial wounding, genes needed for repair remain ready for action.

One of the most important jobs at sea may get more difficult and dangerous. Oceans Deeply, Dec 2017. Independent fisheries observers are crucial for fisheries management, but their job is often threatened.

One way to fix reproducibility problems: train scientists better. The Scientist, Nov 2017. Leonard Freedman, president of the Global Biological Standards Institute, discusses the causes of irreproducible science and his latest effort to spread best practices.

A newly identified species represents its own eukaryotic lineage. The Scientist, Nov 2017. The 10-micrometer-long flagellate cell might have a big story to tell about the evolution of eukaryotes.

Telomere length and childhood stress don’t always correlate. The Scientist, Nov 2017. Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.

Seafood processed by forced labor is illegal. So why is it still on our shelves?  The New Food Economy, Oct 2017.  North Korean forced laborers filet some salmon steaks sold at Walmart. That shouldn’t happen. Here’s why it does.

Ghost poachers are still at large after the biggest shark-smuggling bust in Galapagos history. Quartz, Aug 2017.  A 3,000-ton ship waltzed right through one of the world’s most heavily protected marine reserves with a haul-load of illegally caught hammerhead sharks. But despite 20 arrests, the poachers are still at large.

How seafood’s ‘dark web’ obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas. The New Food Economy, Aug 2017. Ships routinely transfer fish on the open ocean. Most of the time, no one’s watching.