Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

Happy not-quite-spring, dear readers! Although we’re a long way from actual spring, the weather in my neck of the woods has been decidedly warm lately. That means, I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, roving the prairie with my pup, and, to be honest, writing more than drawing. Even so, the January/February 2017 newsletter … Continue reading Jan/Feb 2017 CommNatural Newsletter: Snow sketching, winter vocabulary & more

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Documenting the Trump War on Science: The Muslim and refugee ban is a terrible idea

US president Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a terrible idea for many different reasons and has been widely condemned. Banning people due to their refugee status, religion or national origin has no place in a civilized society. while it has been overturned in court, it appears that Trump is going to try again with a new Order. The purpose of this post isn’t…

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Is the Tully Monster a Vertebrate after all?

Tullimonstrum gregarium, the ‘Tully Monster’, is an enigmatic fossil from the Late Carboniferous Mazon Creek lagerstätte, Illinois, USA. This soft-bodied animal is instantly recognisable by its ‘torpedo-shaped’ body ending in a tail; its long, elbowed, proboscis with a toothed ‘jaw’ at the end; and its eyes positioned on the end on a rigid bar. In fact, its body is so unique that positioning it on the tree of life has proven very difficult. A reconstruction…

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Around the Web: Why music ownership matters, Beyond jazz’s boys club and other tales of the music industry

Why music ownership matters Forgetting What I’ve Heard: Why I Miss Buying Music Henry Rollins: Will I Be Able to Finish Listening to All My Records Before I Die? Beyond Jazz’s Boys Club The Forgotten Architects of Jazz — And the New York Women Bringing Them Back Beyond the boys club: Striving for diversity and inclusion in experimental music Sexism In The Music Industry – When Women Lean In, Others Need To Listen Up Almost…

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Life, molecules and the geological record

To understand the evolution of life, palaeontologists can employ a variety of techniques. This typically involves the visual identification of fossils, like bones or teeth, within the sedimentary record, either by eye or using a microscope. However, life also leaves molecular fossils within the geological record. Molecular fossils (or “biomarkers”) are organic molecules which can be tied to a specific biological source and include nucleic acids (e.g. DNA and RNA), proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. Of…

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#409 Trump War On Science

This week we look at what's happening to science in the first days of the Donald Trump presidency, and what might happen if we don't take action in a world where science is growing increasingly political — whether or not we want it to. Librarian John Dupuis returns to talk about what's happened so far, why he's started a chronology of this administration's affects on science, and the similarities and differences to the Canadian War…

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The Trump War on Science: Is the March for Science too political or not political enough?

Is the March for Science (and all it’s satellite marches) too political or not political enough? The text on their website gives a sense of where the organizers are coming from: SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made…

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Diagenesis of non-marine sediments and taphonomy of selected dinosaur bone deposits, NW Queensland

Amongst all the other basins in Queensland, the extensive, intracratonic Eromanga Basin covers the maximum area, with parts of it entering the Northern Territory, South Australia and also New South Wales. Petroleum drill logs have helped us in understanding the stratigraphy of this vast basin. The Eromanga Basin rests on top of a heterogeneous basement that is comprised of the Cooper Basin in the central and southern parts, Galilee Basin in the northern part, Mt…

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#408 The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

This week, we look at the strange, curious, and sometimes amusing strategies creatures use to make it through the day. Guest host Jessie Yaros spends the hour with science writer and author Matt Simon talking about his new book "The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems". The Science for the People team is excited to welcome Jessie Yaros, a new guest host, to our team. Jessie is a…

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