This Week I Found: January 4 – 10 2014

What Paleontology Teaches Us About Our Own Future‘.

In case I haven’t made it clear, here are 5 reasons not to use antibacterial soap.

I have a newfound admiration for the pink fairy armadillo.

Why do tropical rain forests have so much diversity?

An icebreaker was just rescued from the Antarctic ice and it does not disprove global climate change.

Global climate change is to blame for the wandering polar vortex.

Is the polar vortex more like the Hoth or beyond the wall?

The extreme cold from the polar vortex might help to wipe out invasive insects, as well as kudzu.

Now that the polar vortex is back in the Arctic, how did plants cope with the cold?

While North America is experiencing record low temperatures, the Australian heat is killing off thousands of flying foxes.

The Palaeobiology Database lets you visualize extinct species in time and space.

What does the Universe have in common with the floor under your fridge?

Dinosaur poop is harder to find than you would expect.

Home HIV tests are coming and that’s a good thing.

E. coli is one of the most well-known microbes, and it still surprises us.

If you want to find a new species, I recommend first looking in a little rural market or in museum collections, or in the Amazon.

Humans had cavities before the rise of agriculture.

The ancestor of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) wasn’t very big or fearsome.

Speaking of lions, they’re nearly extinct in West Africa.

I love when technology and paleontology collide: fossils and 3d printing.

Congratulations to the Great Lakes, the only region in the US with an increase in wetlands!

An interesting visual of how a few dog breeds have changed over the past 100 years.

Prairie dog ‘jump-yips’ are like a cross between a yawn and a sound off.

Birds and crocodiles use tools, but did dinosaurs?

Some birds eat fish and some fish eat birds.

My inner child can’t believe that there are ways to determine what color fossil organisms were.

I Love Science Because‘.

‘How to fossilize…yourself’ from TED-Ed

Ice balls in Lake Michigan

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

NASA images of Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the Earth

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970. It was developed by senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as a method of political support for the environmental movement and has been celebrated yearly for the past 43 years.  If you would like to learn more about the history of Earth Day, check out my friend’s blog post at For The Greener Good.

If you’re interested in participating in Earth Day, it could seem overwhelming at first. Never fear, there are many ways to help the planet! The L.A. Times has a list of 7 ways you can honor the planet. Google has a Google Doodle just for the occasion. It’s National Park Week, meaning free admission into all of the United States’ 401 national parks. Add your picture to the face of climate change. Rustle the Leaf has a list of 10 things to do this Earth Day. The EPA has a database of local Earth Day events.

Remember: even the smallest actions add up. Turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. Turn off the light when you leave a room. Go grocery shopping with a reusable bag. Drink less bottled water and use a reusable water bottle instead. Just go outside and enjoy this planet we live on. Let’s take care of it, because it’s the only one we have.