Category Archives: Science

“Naming Nature”

Author and artist James Prosek will join evolutionary biologists and others from Yale and the Smithsonian Institution at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center on Friday for a symposium titled “Naming Nature: A conversation on the nature, uses and limitations of biological … more

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Ant Stridulation and the Peent of Nighthawks

NPR’s Weekend Edition featured a story about how biologists are beginning to believe that the “soundscape” of nature could be a valuable clue to ecological health. “‘We’re trying to understand how sounds can be used as measures of ecosystem health,’ … more

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"Bonefish & Tarpon Journal"

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has somewhat quietly been producing magazines full of stories, instruction and scientific details for the past three years, and if you have an interest in bonefish, tarpon, or permit, it’s well worth your time to check … more

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Nabokov's Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov wasn’t just the author of the classic novels Lolita and Pale Fire; he was also an expert entomologist whose theories on butterfly migration are finally getting the respect they deserve. As Carl Zimmer reports in The New York … more

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Scientific American: Food Shortage Behind 2010 Bear Attack Increase

Scientific American writer John Platt says 2010′s record number of human-bear conflicts — and resulting bear deaths — can be traced directly to the loss of two key ingredients in grizzly bear diets: cutthroat trout and whitebark pine tree. “This … more

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Salmon Species Thought to Be Extinct Re-Discovered

A Japanese science professor says he has re-discovered the black kokanee, or “kunimasu” in Japanese. “The species was thought to have died out in 1940, when a hydroelectric project made the water more acidic in its native lake in northern … more

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Shy Trout Grow the Fastest

Here’s yet another clue to the puzzle of why the largest trout are such selective eaters — and so difficult to catch. Scientists from the Department of Zoology at the University of Gothenburg say that brown trout, like people, seem … more

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Podcast and Article: Genetically Modified Trout

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood talks with TU’s senior scientist, Jack Williams, about the possibility that the FDA will give approval to genetically modify salmon for human consumption. Jack Williams: “There are really two major issues here. One … more

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Scientists: Brown Trout Shrink in Winter

If you were looking for an excuse not to go in search of a “trophy” trout in the middle of winter, scientists in Norway and Finland may have provided it. A team lead by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research … more

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NPR: James Prosek on "The Secret Life of Eels"

Artist and author James Prosek’s new book describes the biology and cultural history of one of the strangest fish, the eel. NPR’s Joe Palca interviewed Prosek this week and asked the obvious question: why would someone who’s spent their life … more

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