Tag: science

Banning the microbeads!

By Camilla Bertolini @CamiBe90 We have been recently hearing about microbeads and the microbead ban on the news. But you may still wonder “what is a microbead?” Microbeads are defined as manufactured solid plastic particles (polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene) of less than five millimeters in their largest dimension. They can be found in exfoliating beauty […]

What’s in a name?

  By Anthony Caravaggi @thonoir http://www.arcaravaggi.co.uk Those familiar with taxonomy will know that the common names of many species are misnomers, that is, they use inaccurate terms to describe the focal species. Take for example the Critically Endangered Ridgeway’s hawk (Buteo ridgwayi). As a member of the genus Buteo, it is in fact a buzzard, […]

Deep under the sea…

By Natasha Phillips @SunfishResearch sunfishresearch.wordpress.com   “Up on the shore they work all day/  Out in the sun they slave away/  While we devotin’/  Full time to floatin’/  Under the sea”. Wise words from Sebastian the crab, courtesy of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’, which have stuck with me far longer than most useful information, but perfectly […]

Putting wildlife in the frame

By Anthony Caravaggi  @thonoir    http://www.arcaravaggi.co.uk Manually surveying for animals, while usually very enjoyable*, has its problems. Not least that by the mere fact of their presence, the observer almost certainly influences the behaviour of their subjects. There’s also the time aspect: during manual surveys, an observer can of course only record that which they see/hear […]

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