Internet ramblings

NdGT’s thoughts on scientific literacy

"Science is true, no matter what you believe in." Watch this 4 minute clip of NdGT discussing how America seems to  be going backwards in its scientific literacy: (16) Science in America - Neil deGrasse Tyson - YouTube  

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Fungal Interactions

Today I attended a lunchtime seminar at Lincoln University by two visiting researchers from the USA: Professor Jim Trappe and Dr Todd Elliott.  Prof Trappe is a renowned mycorrhizal ecologist, and Dr Elliott is toted as a "world traveler, naturalist, photographer, species discoverer, artist and primitive skills trainer". Whatever that last attribute means. Dr Elliott… Continue reading Fungal Interactions

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The Wren Conundrum

New Zealand wrens, the Acanthisittidae, are an odd bunch. They don't seem to fit into the traditional bird phylogenetic tree, and they certainly aren't particularly similar to the old world wrens Certhioidea. Studies have shown that they are more "basal" (as Dr Jamie Wood puts it), or a sister group to the Eupasseres (all the other… Continue reading The Wren Conundrum