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Armchair Taxonomist Challenge!

Get in touch with your inner science writer: announcing the Armchair Taxonomist Challenge! Humans have probably been naming things and making lists since our earliest ancestors began to separate “Stuff That Tastes Good” from “Stuff That Killed That Other Guy That One Time”.Trouble is, a lot of information about living things is hidden behind paywalls…

One Species at a Time Podcast – Bacteria

In this episode, we raise the blinds on an invisible world that’s all around us: the realm of bacteria. Don’t reach for the antibacterial gel just yet. Roberto Kolter of Harvard explains the relationship between one bacterium, Bacillus subtilis, and the majestic trees outside his office windows at Harvard Medical School. There’s a lot going…

Black-tailed prairie dogs podcast

Black-tailed prairie dogs Cynomys ludovicianus Over the past century the grasslands of northern Mexico have been taken over by shrubby mesquite and turned to desert. Ecologist Gerardo Cellabos is on a mission to turn them back. Can he restore an entire prairie ecosystem? Cellabos hopes he can, with the help of an unlikely ally. Ari…

Hungarian Meadow Viper Podcast

 Hungarian Meadow Viper Vipera ursinii rakosiensis There’s a snake in the grass—but the viper in this Hungarian meadow is more threatened than a threat, at least to people. As new ways of farming replace the old, these vipers have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Can conservationists change the hearts and minds of local…

Moth Podcast

  Likes moths to a flame, some people are irresistibly drawn to the woods at night. Carrying bedsheets and armed with special lights and lures, they come seeking moths. In July 2012, in 49 states and numerous countries across the world, scientists and ordinary folk alike fanned out to get a closer look at these…

Crowdsource the Cure for Cancer: One slide at a time.

For their latest and possibly most ambitious crowd-sourcing project Cellslider, Zooniverse has partnered with Cancer Research UK to analyze archival cancer research data. While computers have gotten better at image analysis, the majority of this type af analysis is still being done by real people and is quite time intensive.  By harnessing the collective power of…