Explorations and ideas at the intersection between Evolution and Ecology

  • Moving On

    By Kevin Zelnio | December 30, 2012 |

    As has been obvious over the latter half of 2012, I'm not very active online in blogging anymore. I moved my occupation into real life and conducted a few training workshops in science communication. As I'm crawling over into 2013, I will be yet again taking a new direction in my life (one of many over the last 20 years). […]

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  • Wild Sex Matters

    By Kevin Zelnio | November 22, 2012 |

    When it gets down it, in some biologists' views anyways, it is all about sex. Well, at least for much of the plant and animal kingdoms. Every physiological adaption or morphological innovation comes about because it enabled some ancestors to survive, but becomes a trait of a species or a lineage because it gets passed on down the line of descendants. […]

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  • Sweden Journal: Tragedies at the Zoos

    By Kevin Zelnio | October 19, 2012 |

    [caption id="attachment_659" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Screenshot from TV4's Kalla Fakta"] [/caption] Over here in socialist paradise (a.k.a. Sweden), the public reads the news and watches their television in horror. An investigative journalism team at TV4 has just aired a special on Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts) catching the director of the Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna in several lies over treatment of the animals and the fate of several rare and valuable endangered species in the zoo's custody. […]

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  • A Post-PBS Educational Television Landscape

    By Kevin Zelnio | October 6, 2012 |

    With the latest tirade against the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) by republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the first debate, it is worth to look at a world without PBS through children's eyes. Much has already been said of the short-sightedness of Romney's statement: "I'm sorry, Jim. […]

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  • Bandwidth and Open Access in Developing Countries

    By Kevin Zelnio | September 23, 2012 |

    One of the creeds of the open access movement is that free access to literature aides the transfer of knowledge from wealthier, better funded nations to researchers in developing nations. There is little to no doubt that increased access to research results has beneficial reverberations in several directions - but like many hypothetical benefits, they only work well if those on the receiving end can efficiently reap those benefits. […]

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  • The Making of a Brewmaster, 200 MYA

    By Kevin Zelnio | August 20, 2012 |

    [caption id="attachment_609" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="My Pale Ale off my back porch. Pale and caramel malts, loaded with Cascade hops, and fermented with an American Ale strain of Saccharomyces cervisiae."] [/caption] If there is one thing I enjoy more than beer, it is more beer. […]

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  • Mountainfit: A Summer Among Sweden s Birds

    By Kevin Zelnio | August 8, 2012 |

    [caption id="attachment_603" align="alignleft" width="234" caption="Mountainfit cover illustration by Diana Sudyka:"] [/caption] A week before I was moving overseas to Sweden I caught the tailwinds of a retweet on twitter from someone I follow. […]

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  • Sweden Journal: Grantorpet

    By Kevin Zelnio | August 3, 2012 |

    I'm Back! Miss me? Thought I had dropped off the face of the Earth? Well, given my blog stat numbers and the internet attention span you probably forgot I existed. Nevertheless, I am back and ready to swing into bloggy action - and yes, even actual science blogging. […]

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  • #IamScience and the Story Collider

    By Kevin Zelnio | May 30, 2012 |

    Last week the Story Collider held a 2 year anniversary and stocked it full of I AM SCIENCE stories. Though I was supposed to attend and present, I had to cancel cause we were still settling into our new home in Sweden and the travel costs were approaching astronomical. […]

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  • Sweden Journal: Skogs Livet

    By Kevin Zelnio | May 24, 2012 |

    In Småland, everything seems to revolve around the forest. Dirt roads make their way into a sea of pines, birches and oaks. Only mildly dotted with small villages every several kilometers. Moss and lichen covered boulders give the illusion of an ancient habitat, yet can’t be older than the last ice age, 10,000 years ago, where glaciers rolled Atlas-sized rocks for hundreds of kilometers softening the edges so much that they look like pillows for giants. […]

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