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Monsanto, glyphosate, and the war on invasive species | Harpers “You can imagine the residue levels on the damn wheat. If you buy whole-wheat bread, the glyphosate will be ground up with the whole-wheat kernel and it will be part of the flour. It’s a very high exposure. When they make white flour, the bran gets separated out and is used in the food supply in other places. That bran will have three or four times the concen...

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Climate change brings Europe more boars - Conservation

Climate change brings Europe more boars - Conservation

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A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has captured a unique view of the Moon as it passed between the spacecraft and Earth. A series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the Moon that is not visible from Earth.

The Dark Side and the Bright Side : Image of the Day

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How and Why a Mosquito Bites You

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Swirling Sea Ice in the Greenland Sea

Swirling Sea Ice in the Greenland Sea : Natural Hazards

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Divers Find Giant Floating Blob, Have No Idea What It Is But a squid expert says he might have solved the mystery.

the thing

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Pilanesberg Ring Dike Complex

Pilanesberg Ring Dike Complex : Image of the Day

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Eruption of Raung Volcano

Eruption of Raung Volcano : Natural Hazards

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Smoke Blankets British Columbia

Smoke Blankets British Columbia : Natural Hazards

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Blue Damselfly

Insect Evolution: Essential for Our Ecosystem

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Bicyclists' Chance Encounter with a Bobcat and Coyote

Bicyclists' Chance Encounter with a Bobcat and Coyote

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An adult polar bear feeding on the remains of a white-beaked dolphin in Raudfjorden on 2 July 2014. The dolphin is presumed to be a member of the same pod as the dolphins eaten by a bear in April.

Polar bears are now eating dolphins thanks to climate change

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A porcupine finds a salty snack = plywood + urine. Photo by Education Specialist/Flickr through a Creative Commons license. North American porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) feast on a high-potassium, low-sodium diet of foliage, causing them to excrete high levels of sodium. This creates a sodium-potassium imbalance. While research has shown that porcupines can physiologically tolerate this imbalance at times of the year when their mobility is limited (like during heavy snowfall), most of the year they have a craving for salt. They often seek out natural mineral licks for their needs. But the human environment is not low in sodium. We have created a salty feast for the porcupine. Like outhouses. Urine is high in sodium. Combine this with the notoriously bad aim of boys, and you have porcupine nirvana.

You Won’t Believe What Porcupines Eat (And No, Not Bigfoot Bones)

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Incredible photo shows a weasel 'riding' a woodpecker

Incredible photo shows a weasel 'riding' a woodpecker

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Research published in the journal Nature by zoologist Douglas Levey and other authors found that burrowing owls collected animal dung and arranged it around their burrows. The owls sat and waited for dung beetles to approach the animal feces, and then snatched up easy meals. Levey calls this “fishing,” the equivalent of setting out a bait and waiting for the fish to bite. He has noted that the prevailing wisdom used to be that...

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Loons Go Fishing | BirdNote

Loons Go Fishing | BirdNote

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Volcanic eruption in Holuhraun - Iceland by Sparkle Motion, via Flickr

Bárðarbunga: A Brief Update (updated x2 - scientists evacuating)

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Tiny Turtle

Home | Willis Island Walking

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Pygmy rabbit. Photo: H. Ulmschneider (BLM) and R. Dixon (IDFG) Pygmy rabbits require a very specific habitat: big sagebrush. Some research has indicated they do best in sagebrush that is six feet or more in height. Such habitat was once common in many western states. Today, most of that healthy habitat has been lost to fire, non-native weeds, juniper encroachment, unsustainable grazing and energy development.

Pygmy Rabbit Quest

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  • Fenrisúlfr
    Fenrisúlfr

    It's officially endangered in Washington State and is under further protection in the Columbia Basin Distinct Population Segment (DPS), for which a recovery plan was instituted by USFWS.

  • Judy Jessee
    Judy Jessee

    Terrible. I had never heard of it until today.

Offshore wind farms becoming seal hunting grounds, say scientists (+video) The scientists found these three seals were part of a group of 11 seals that swam within two active offshore wind farms — Alpha Ventus off the coast of Germany, and Sheringham Shoal off the east coast of England. The grid patterns of the seals' movements showed how the animals swam in straight lines between wind turbines.

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This undated image provided by the Bruce Museum shows a reconstruction image of the world's largest-ever flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi, a...

Fossil shows soaring bird had giant, 6.5-metre wingspan

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Slime Molds are micro-mushrooms.

Slime Molds | English Russia

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A Square Biscuit Starfish Off the Coast of Australia

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Bat embryo.

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A male seahorse giving birth!

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