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Published on Dec 20, 2020

Subterranean beetle speciation down under

Hello there dear friends of the cave beetle, I hope this is reaching all of you well as this challenging year draws to an end, leaving many challenges to leap over into the next one. Besides the ma...

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Published on Nov 14, 2020

New study confirming splendid cave beetle isolation for neighborly Ptomaphagus hatchi

New study confirming splendid cave beetle isolation for neighborly Ptomaphagus hatchi Hello there friends of the cave beetle,This is a note I should have anticipated because I knew the study was in...

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Published on Oct 25, 2020

Extraordinarily pressure-tolerant beetle studied to improve mechanical engineering designs

Hello there dear friends of the cave beetle, Again it's been a while since the last post. Covid-19 keeps its claws on our lives, forcing us to work from home as much as we can. In my case, that mea...

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Published on Aug 16, 2020

Body cuticle breathing in subterranean diving beetles

Hello there dear friends of the cave beetle, I hope this is reaching you well. As temperatures reached their high points in the US just around now, this may be a good time to bring one of the coole...

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Published on Jul 04, 2020

Extraordinarily heat-tolerant beetles inspiring new cooling material designs

Hello there dear friends of the cave beetle,It's been a while since the last post for a reason that needs little explanation as Covid-19 continues to dictate our daily affairs, asking for continued...

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Published on Feb 29, 2020

Off topic but irresistible: Cave beetle awed by riveting discovery of troglomorphic fish in Congo River

That's actually all that needs to be said. For details, check out the wonderful coverage in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/science/congo-river-fish.htmlI trust most of you w...

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Published on Feb 16, 2020

~ 4 degrees Celsius is how low the cave beetle can still "go"

Or: Literally cool news as February has been dishing out a crispy few days closer to 0 Fahrenheit here in Detroit than you would like. Not sure this inspired us, but, as we thought about how to set...

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Published on Dec 29, 2019

30 degrees Celsius it is!

Hello there dear friends of the cave beetle,As expected, the repeat of the 2019 short term temperature tolerance experiment has come to an end. And an informative one at that, I would claim. Most s...

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Hi there again Cristina, And thanks for the pointer which did not disappoint. I enjoyed Harrelson's narration with a smirk just as much as visually very well done introduction to basic facts of oxygen and carbon cycling. And the goals and achievements of regenerative agriculture are timely and critical. Having said that, I also highly recommend Robert Paarlberg's new book "Resetting the table" for comparison. It's a deeper account of US agriculture history and current development. And quite an enlightening read at that. This talk is a good short version of it: https://dwbrooks.caes.uga.edu/guest-speakers/robert-paarlberg.html
Apr 08, 2021
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Echoing Elisabeth. Woody Harrelson is one my obsessions I cherish remorselessly. But I hadn't heard about this piece yet. So tx. Looking forward to catching this docu!
Mar 22, 2021
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Awe inspiring. Will be beautiful to share with me evolution class this winter.
Feb 15, 2021
Why do wolverines need snow?
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My pleasure, Steve. Yep, all the best for as as possible Covid-19 liberated 21...!
Dec 21, 2020
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Thank you Zhenyi and happy holidays to you too!
Dec 21, 2020
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My pleasure Tom. Wonderful to hear from you!
Dec 20, 2020
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Hello there Jeff, And many thanks for your at least equally fascinating comment on the water mites. I will bring this to Steve's attention!
Aug 20, 2020
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Hey Steve, So good to hear from down under. And glad, of course, you liked what you saw. Sure, let's keep our fingers crossed for an ICSB 21. And vaccines for everyone by then.
Aug 17, 2020
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You are very welcome Doris! Thanks for your interest.
Aug 05, 2020
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Hi there Christina, And my compliment on keeping up your good work in this difficult time! Your book choice made me curious, so I took a closer look. Turns out that Unwelcome Harvest came out in 1991. So it has to be a little dated given the progress on issues since then. One of the two authors published a major textbook just 2 years ago, which looks like a relevant choice for you as well: Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: Greening the World's Food Economy (https://books.google.com/books/about/Sustainable_Intensification_of_Agricultu.html?id=XWJgDwAAQBAJ&source=kp_book_description). Unfortunately, it's a bit expensive. But, given the excruciating circumstances, I wonder whether it would be ok to invest some of your budget into the book. My apologies, in case you mentioned the book in earlier posts. Anyways, best of luck with your project!
May 11, 2020
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Let me also take this as another opportunity to credit WSU undergrad supreme Devyn Ryan. She single-handedly wrapped up all experimentation and documentation over the past 2 weeks after a very short training time and never minding the holidays. Just impressive. Many many thanks Ryan!
Dec 29, 2019
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Thank you. Absolutely. While we still have a mile or 2 to what I would consider "mimimal publication unit", I do feel we accomplished our main goal with this. And topped off with a quite surprising answer. So I am sure the cave beetles agree about party time, except for the sadly deceased ones of course, deserving special commemoration...
Dec 29, 2019
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