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Shoot To Kill or Aim To Embarrass?

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012. © Todd Forsgren As I've pointed out before on Symbiartic, before the modern naturalist movement, nature lovers would shoot and kill the objects of their fancy to get a better look.

October 5, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Bora's Picks (October 5th, 2012)

Artist’s masterpiece is a load of garbage by Laura Geggel: On her plane ride from New York to Kenya, Asher Jay imagined the untamed safari awaiting her—lions with snarled manes and wrinkled rhinos covered in a coat of dust.

STAFFOctober 5, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

We All Carry Stardust Memories

The Trifid Nebula - a potential analog for the kind of place our Sun was formed in 4.5 billion years ago (NASA/ESA) In lieu of a proper post I thought I'd link to a recent video courtesy of SpaceLab at YouTube.

October 5, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf

Italy Faces Invasion of American Killer Squirrels

Squirrels: So bushy-tailed, so ubiquitous—so deadly.We don't normally think of squirrels as killers, but North America's eastern gray squirrels ( Sciurus carolinensis ) have actually been called one of the worst invasive species on the planet.

October 5, 2012 — John R. Platt

A Novel with Science at Its Heart

James Meek’s new novel, The Heart Broke In , is a rare thing – a major fiction book aimed at a mainstream audience, with science - and scientists – front and center.

October 5, 2012 — Michele Banks

Ayn Rand on Human Nature

"Rand" by Nathaniel Gold “Every political philosophy has to begin with a theory of human nature,” wrote Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin in his book Biology as Ideology .

October 5, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

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