Posted 4 hours ago

skunkbear:

nprglobalhealth:

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.

But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say there’s also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work. And more people are forced into indentured servitude, scientists wrote Thursday in the journal Science.

"My students, postdocs and I spent a year stepping back and trying to connect the dots between wildlife decline and human exploitation," says ecologist Justin Brashares, who led the study. “We found about 50 examples around the world.”

One those examples made international headlines in June when the Guardianpublished a report about slavery in the Thai shrimping industry.

"Large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns," the British newspaper reported. These shrimp are “sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco,” the report said.

The world’s food supply, both here in the U.S. and abroad, is increasingly connected to child labor and human trafficking, Brashares says. And the problems isn’t just in the fishing industry or large supply chains that stock megagrocery stores. Many of the world’s poorest people are turning to exploitative labor practices to earn a living and feed their families as traditional sources of food disappear.

Wild animals, both on land and in the sea, provide incomes for about 15 percent of the world’s population, Brashares and his team wrote. These animals are also the main source of protein for many of these people.

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Photo: A child grabs sleep after a long day of labor in a struggling West African fishery. (Courtesy of Jessica Pociask, WANT Expeditions)

An important story.

Posted 5 hours ago

Knowledge is like LEGO: Expensive, and Less Useful than it Looks

johnskylar:

When I talk to people about my career in science, they often make a comment about how smart I must be to do my work.  Avid readers of this blog know that I actually think Stupidity is more important for science, and I value my lack of knowledge as much as my knowledge.  What I haven’t done is write about the difference between being smart and having knowledge.

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Posted 6 hours ago
amnhnyc:

New research suggests that dinosaurs fell victim to a “perfect storm” of events.
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures’ demise some 66 million years ago when a six-mile- (10-kilometer-) wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico.
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amnhnyc:

New research suggests that dinosaurs fell victim to a “perfect storm” of events.

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures’ demise some 66 million years ago when a six-mile- (10-kilometer-) wide asteroid struck what is now Mexico.

Read the full story

Posted 9 hours ago

This week in Science

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nevada-verbena:

Self-taught chef Rhiannon over at Cakecrumbs has been working on a fun series of planetary cakes that are designed to be scientifically accurate with different types of cake representing various layers within Earth and Jupiter.

(This Is Colossal.)

Her cake game is strong.

Posted 22 hours ago

girldwarf:

feministballerina:

bevgodsgirls:

the-dark-side-of-the-room:

socimages:

Now THIS is a bold lingerie ad.

When the star model for Forever Yours Lingerie was diagnosed with cancer, the brand decided to stick with her.

Tom Megginson at The Ethical Admanapproves:

“So, while American Eagle is getting virtual hugs and high fives for its commitment to not photoshopping its typical-looking models,  elsewhere there are brands and models who are willing to show us what it really takes to do something about the fashion industry’s body image problem.”

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All I can do is

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ETA: no, wait, hold up, stop the presses. There’s another thing I can do and that’s shop their store. You probably can too, because CHECK OUT THEIR BRA MATRIX

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omfg

Reblogging because look at that size range!!!! And also because representation is important.

THEY HAVE MY SIZE HOLY $#!%

Dang I need a new sports bra too

Well I know where I’m buying my next bra…

Posted 22 hours ago

GETTING RESEARCH IDEAS WHEN TALKING TO NON-GRAD SCHOOL PEOPLE

whatshouldwecallgradschool:

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Posted 22 hours ago

heythereuniverse:

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event | ScienceDaily

The planet’s current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.

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Well, that’s encouraging.

Posted 1 day ago

I know I shouldn’t take this sort of ignorance so personally. But dismissive ignorance bothers me. Like, I am busting my ass to advance the frontiers of human knowledge, just so this self-important jerk can laugh while s/he shits all over it.

And no, I’m not saying that all religious people are willfully ignorant, or that religion is inherently bad. I don’t believe, as some do, that it’s impossible to believe in a god or gods while simultaneously accepting the tenets of science. I know that it is because I live it.

And that’s why this sort of garbage really bothers me. We are surrounded by a wealth of knowledge about our universe, which is continually expanding and being revised and reexamined. The proof that everything is connected by commonality- at the cellular level, the chemical level, the atomic level- it’s all out there, the sum of years and years of hard work and repeated failure. We’ve learned so much and it’s all so elegant and fascinating. It makes me sad that some people refuse to see it.

(Source: natskep)