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Academic life:

Culture isn’t that weird, or is it?


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(HT Ian Ramjohn)

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Reblogged until I come back:

Originally posted on Seeds Aside:

A great deal of a flowering plant life is left to the discretion of pollinators. These indeed do play a very fundamental role in plant mating. Not to say, they are often responsible for a sensible amount of selfing (self-fertilization) and outcrossing (mating with an unrelated plant of the same species), depending on their behavior once they are landing on a flower.

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And please guess what they have in common (as of today).

Brassica rapa


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I disappeared from blogosphere rather shortly, say during 2 or 3 years. I stopped blogging and almost lurking altogether. That’s the way life is. When I left (with intent to come back later), the sciencey and sceptical blogosphere was rather easily mapped out. You would know a few places to get a fix of science, culture, and its intersection with cultural wars (even if these wars are not really yours). When I came back, I knew things had changed, communities had organised differently, and I should take the time for a new map. Not necessarily with ease.

There’s one thing that for sure boggled my mind, and I had a really hard time understanding what it was, because I had missed opportunities to learn about the huge mess. And this had to be huge, because it clearly changed spheres of interactions. It was really tangible that what was once a somewhat friendly place was on fire. I eventually came to understand whats & abouts. (more…)

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I take this graph out of the SA loose rants draft listing, which I almost never go in to look at, and I see this. Oh my, I don’t remember putting this in here nor where I found it, it comes from weeks or months! But anyway, it’s here and it’s interesting. It’s a prediction for 2013, a change that probably most media will leave unnoticed. But that’s not completely devoid of consequences, it’s an important move. Whatever happens, whether it indeed happens this year or next, and of course this is just gross bean counting, one cannot dismiss the shift. And in a decade probably, the world science leading country will have changed.

This basically means that creationists can take over the USA, it won’t matter anymore to the world. It won’t matter if science education in the USA get rotten to the bone anymore. Startling perspective? Well, this would not be the first example of Golden Age past.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Previous installment of Berry Go Round was over there at The Daily Plant. Now we are at summer’s heart, when plants experience mostly drought (well, at least in temperate climates! Oh, and that’s also harvest time peak for many vegs), though the plant blogosphere’s been nothing like dry, quite the contrary… Let’s discover plenty of planty stuff!


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Greening cities

It’s been already pointed out in here about green plant layered walls and how it gives a very interesting look to classical architecture. (e.g.). Last Octobre, while walking with a friend visiting France (too shortly), we found this by chance (random walks are sometimes quite fruitful):

-This is the vertical garden from Quai Branly, and the wall builds up onto the Museum building- It is really fantastic…

Vertical Garden

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So I left you long enough with such an unsubtle question, where am I? Of course I decided to go to the place every plant biologist wish to visit in his/her/its life, Amazonia. Note that I guess many other biologist kinds and non-biologists would have a little kid’s dream like this one.

When I eventually realised being a biologist is different from having an academic position, or a position in society at all, and since part of my family in law is here and there for some time now, I decided I better have to go. Some grow up, some go in.

After the fold, a few pix to describe a more precise area, since Amazonia exist only on a map, and we should probably better pluralise the place to better reflect changes in substance occuring between natural areas. But here it is. (more…)

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