Links to things I thought interesting
Why conservation needs to work around people’s values
If you ever wondered why so many plants have wort in their name.
The academic work-life balance is so wrong. Errant Science takes a humourous look at a very serious subject.
Learn about the biology of peaches and how to cook them
Interesting commentary on a paper about how walnuts have invaded forest ecosystems
Continuing with the food theme, how a Swedish countess introduced potatoes to the European diet
Have you ever heard a hawk moth squeak? Now you can and they use their genitals to make the sound 🙂
If you ever wondered how beetles fold their wings, then here is the answer. Full details about a complex subject.
Polish scientists are looking at ways of making eating insects more appetizing
Finally, William Playfair the Scottish scoundrel who invented all the graphs we love to hate
Links to some interesting stuff – well I thought so anyway
An interesting idea of how scientists might reach politicians using Twitter
Similarly, Trump, Brexit and a crisis of participation in universities
For those of you interested in the press coverage of the UK General Election, an analysis of the newspaper coverage. I guarantee that you will be surprised as to which were the two most impartial papers.
Once upon a time we had the milk lake and the butter mountain, but now a butter shortage means bad news for croissant lovers in France
According to the Financial Times, a lot of companies are interested in starting companies to produce and market insects as food
A post by one of my former students @annaplatoni, about her bee work
On why you shouldn’t be dismissive of the “dead grandmother” excuse
Inspiring young Victorians to enjoy entomology through sport
Seven visions of London as a National Park City
I very seldom recommend anything about birds this article about the shape of bird eggs is worth reading just for the graphics
Ten more links to peruse or not.
Not just British hedgehogs, but French hedgehogs are also on the decline
If you are a lover of Wisteria then this is definitely for you
A very thoughtful piece from Terry McGlynn on the ethical and moral stances that scientists take
Here is a report of a workshop run by an ex-PhD student of mine to discuss the future of farming insects for food in the UK
A really interesting paper describing how competition between two parasitic wasps can be influenced by the presence of an endosymbiont
Here is a paper of great relevance to farmers and policy makers but as usual has been published in a high impact journal that farmers and agronomists won’t read; as scientists we have to be more open to publishing in ‘lower scientific impact’ venues but that have a high impact in the real world
BioMed Central highlighting ways in which food crops might be protected against drought caused by climate change
According to Sir John Marsh the future of the countryside depends on economics
Chris Sandbrook asks what is meant by biodiversity in a conservation context
Like Manu Saunders I am a great believer in having others read my papers before submission, their chances of getting through the peer review process relatively unscathed are much improved