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Perspectives

Ten Years On: Sabine

It’s been ten years since I started my big foreign adventure. In this loose series, I talk to the immigrants I met in 2005 and those I’m only meeting now. They all tell me a bit about the changes that the last decade has brought for them.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Live through this week and you’ll get some extra special ladyblogland finds.

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Science

Turkey Day!

In honor of American Thanksgiving on Thursday, a complicated day with a complicated history and a complicated set of silverware, today let’s talk about the natural history of the big bird, the star of the show, the one and only – turkey!

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Women In Academia

Women in Academia: Earnest Job Talk

I am maybe breaking one of my rules today. I am very, very sorry about this, but I am going to reference work done at one of the blogs at the journal Nature. Why am I so sorry? Because I am not sure that this information is freely available to people without a subscription and […]

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Photography

Picture This: Depth of Field

A art professor once told me that he believed everyone had the potential to be a great artist. Obviously it comes more naturally to some people, but everyone can learn and improve through practice which is why if you want to take good photos, you can’t give up! Last week we learned about photo editing; […]

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Science

Frost Flowers: A Winter Oddity

A few years ago, when I was still living in the general proximity of the Mississippi River instead of almost as far away from it as I can get and still count myself as living in one of the contiguous states, I was walking through the woods with some friends. It was fall, and though […]

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Science

California Condors Can’t Catch a Break.

Lead bullets are killing California condors in an entirely unexpected way. Well, not entirely unexpected, but if I read about bullets killing birds, I would expect for those birds to have been shot by those bullets. In this case, however, the birds are eating things that have been shot by lead bullets, ingesting lead, and […]

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Science

The Science of Fall Foliage

Autumn has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and you know what that means – the temperatures are dropping, every conceivable food and drink now comes in pumpkin flavor, and the trees are all decked out in fancy colors. But why do they do that?

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Humor

Nature is One Gigantic Toilet

I can tell from the way you’re suspiciously eying the title of this post that you are concerned that I am an eccentric (probably true), nature-hating (totally false), scat-obsessed (nope nope nope) person who should probably have her keyboard taken away from her. But you don’t know my life. You have no idea what I’ve […]