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Lupine Invasions

Roadsides, ditches, and railway lines in Norway are awash with colour right now.  The lupines are in bloom, and the dense swathes of purple, pink, and white blossoms stacked into perfect pillars brighten the countryside. I love the vibrant colours, … Continue reading

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Planning the Perfect Alien Invasion

It sounds like a conspiracy theory: there are invaders all over the world, lurking in plain sight. The thought of it immediately calls to mind fantastical Dr. Who-worthy plots where little green martian men wear the skins of humans and … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading Scientific Articles?

Hey readers, where do you get your science? Dr. Paige Jarreau (@FromTheLabBench) from Louisiana State University wants to know! I’ve teamed up with Dr. Jareau, the Canadian blog network Science Borealis, and 20 other Canadian science bloggers to conduct a … Continue reading

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Full-on Fulmar Invasion

The fjord is glassy, an impossible shade of blue-green, reflecting mountains and puffy clouds back at a blue arctic sky. I am on an arctic research expedition in the Svalbard archipelago, and our zodiac is tracing a rapidly disappearing white … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line: How do Fungi Stake Out Their Territory?

Hostile meetings are a daily reality in nature, both between individuals of the same species and different species. Whether it is giraffes battering each other with their necks to determine who gets the choice spot among the trees, or dolphins … Continue reading

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Ice Plants in Africa

This week’s species extraordinaire is the ice plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, a member of the fig-marigold family (Aizoaceae). The plant’s common name ‘ice plant’ is in reference to the plants leaves, which look like they are covered in glistening, pebbly ice. … Continue reading

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