Category Archives: Insects

Biologists Need To Learn About Whole Organisms Too

Recently, I wrote about how we are facing an insect biomass crisis. Well, this isn’t going to help (boldface mine): A new study published in the journal American Entomologist has some sobering news about insects and intro-to-bio books: They simply … Continue reading

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Observed at the National Museum of Natural History, D.C.:

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Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Not Robust: The Entomology Edition

Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted the following about our scientific infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which … Continue reading

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Observed on P Street NW, between 17th and 18th, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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The Unlovely Necessity of Public Health Spending

Public health efforts face a very difficult problem: they’re like car insurance. You hate paying it…until you get into an accident, then you’re really glad you have it. With that for prelude, we bring you this story about mosquito control–a … Continue reading

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Need a Belated Christmas Gift For That Special Toddler?

File this under ‘When web scraping goes horribly wrong‘: Probably not the best gift idea… (tip o’the hat to Alex Wild)

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The Cost of Misunderstanding How Money Works: So Long Invertebrate House

Like most people–and I’ve been a supporter of the National Zoo in Washington DC for nearly a quarter century–I was shocked to learn that the Invertebrate House will be shuttered for good this Sunday, June 22. Why? Budget cuts: The … Continue reading

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