Bigfoot, Atlantis, and Twitter – A Survey on Canadian Beliefs and Social Media Use

Pic: Screen capture from the introduction to my survey Have you ever heard about the Chapman University Survey of American Fears? If you’ve read my post introducing you to pseudoarchaeology, than you definitely have heard of it. The header image is a summary of the Chapman survey results! The Chapman survey is really interesting. Researchers at Chapman University wanted to know what American people really thought about subjects like Bigfoot, aliens, and Atlantis, among many…

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A new darkling beetle: Blaptogonia zhentanga

Darkling beetles are usually colored blackish, dark brown or grey, and often have a satiny sheen and few are metallic. This large beetle family also contains the better known flour beetles. These animals feed on both fresh and decaying vegetation, which unfortunately includes vegetable produce which is why several are known as commercially important pests of flour and other cereal products.The new species was named after the type locality, Zhêntang in Tibet.For the experts: A new…

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How predictable is evolution?

Imagine 500 to 1,000 species of cichlids living in one of the African Great Lakes, one of the largest freshwater habitats in the world. The degree of complexity is unimaginable. Even the genealogical relationships between the cichlid species living in these lakes have only partially been resolvedFor every two species of mammal there is one species of cichlid fish, which shows that biodiversity is distributed rather unevenly among animals. The question is why and to…

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Putting the citizen back in science

I love citizen science. It gets people out in nature, learning new skills, and contributes to important goals for science and conservation. Although my current work is focused on conservation , I still contribute to science, as a citizen, in any way that I can. One of my favourite ways is using Ontario Nature’s Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Reptiles and amphibians are experiencing declines globally as a result of habitat loss/fragmentation, climate change and…

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What is Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning in Dog Training?

A user-friendly guide to desensitization and counter-conditioning for fearful dogs.Photo: Alzbeta / ShutterstockWhether you want to use counter-conditioning to get your dog to like other dogs, or desensitization to teach your dog that alone-time is okay, this guide is for you. It explains what these technical terms mean – and, importantly, the tips you need to know to get it right.First, we’ll look at how to spot a fearful dog, because these techniques are often…

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