Pick & Mix 42 – Scan, click, enjoy

Can you pass the British fungi challenge?

Interesting article about how the Victorians tried to get closer to Nature by using insects as jewellery

The best science communication is done by telling a story – thanks to Terry McGlynn for the link

More evidence that beetle diversification was linked to the rise of flowering plants after all.

Markus Eichhorn on the need to decolonise biogeography – link to original paper here

Unlike politicians, good scientists are willing to admit they make mistakes and take steps to rectify them.  Here Kate Laskowski, tells the story of how she discovered errors in her data and what she did about it.

Is it racist to say that Prince Albert was German?  Miles King ponders on the furore a Horrible History skit caused

Interesting article from a former student of mine, Tom Oliver, also a book plug 🙂

Here my favourite Dipterist and fellow wine aficionado, Erica McAlister @FlygirlNHM talks about where she works

And to finish of this week’s selections – here from GrrlScientist, is a summary of two important papers about the now undisputed fact that insect populations are in decline, and importantly what we as individuals and governments, could and should be doing about it.  Insects may be small but they are the little things that run the world.

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One response to “Pick & Mix 42 – Scan, click, enjoy

  1. Jonathan Wallace

    Well done to Dr Laskowski for the decisive and scrupulous way in which she reacted when she discovered there were irregularities in the data presented in papers she co-authored.
    To be fair, MPs do sometimes correct themselves when they have got things wrong (I believe Jeremy Hunt did so last month when he made incorrect claims about the frequency with which NHS surgeons operate on the wrong body part) but I would agree that typically politicians are much more likely than scientists to continue standing behind “facts” that have been demonstrated to be wrong.

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