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The Aliens Among Us

Leslie Anthony— Life on our planet is changing, of that there can be no doubt. That alien invasive species are a measurable component of this is also clear. The questions raised, then, are simple, and essentially those we began with: do we care about this? And if so, what are

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Jenny Diski: On Babyface

Jenny Diski— The great advantage over real live creatures that my Three Bears had in common with Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, aside from not needing to be fed or produce droppings, was neoteny. Mickey and my ursine family looked only glancingly like a mouse or brown bears, and much more like babies.

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Silent Assassins: How Owls Adapted to Nocturnal Hunting

Mike Unwin— You needn’t be a birder to recognize an owl. The round face and large, forward-facing eyes immediately distinguish it from any other bird. And it is arguably this face—with its superficially human expressions—that explains why owls have maintained such a hold on our imaginations. It has led us to personify the

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Echoes from a Soundscape Ecologist

Bernie Krause— Nearly twenty years ago, while exploring links between natural soundscapes and music, my dear late father-in-law introduced me to the writings of Paul Shepard. The book, The Others: How Animals Made Us Human, contained a chapter titled “The Gift of Music.” One particular line in that section stood

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Six Surprising Owl Facts

Tony Angell— To most of us owls are mysterious and elusive creatures of the night.  That they can freely operate in darkness that leaves us gripping a flashlight to make our way, contributes to their singular standing among birds.  Of course their broad feathered faces collect all available light to

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“Crows” author draws attention on NPR

John M. Marzluff, co-author of the award-winning In the Company of Crows and Ravens, has been featured in a recent NPR interview discussing the “Crow Paradox.” This popular broadcast originally aired on July 27th, but can be accessed online here. In the interview, Marzluff discusses research he conducted at the

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Yale Press books about unlikely neighbors and allies

In light of continued media coverage about the U.S.’s relationship with Iran, Trita Parsi’s attention-grabbing Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States was reviewed by both Salon and Bloomberg News. Gary Kamiya of Salon calls it “an important new book,” addressing a “fundamental misunderstanding of

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YUP authors on the airwaves

Ben Kiernan was interviewed by Lewis Lapham, former Harper’s editor and now editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. They discussed Kiernan’s recently released Blood and Soil on Lapham’s radio program “The World in Time,” which aired this past Sunday, October 28. The interview is posted on Lewis Lapham’s website at Lapham Quarterly,

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Burt’s opening at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Yesterday, William Burt’s exhibit opened at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, featuring 40 of his  vividly stunning photographs. Running through December 16, 2007, this exhibit traveled from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will continue on to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, upon leaving

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The Artist’s Best Friend

It may be, as Alexander Pope once said, that “The proper study of mankind is man,” but, as is shown by an exhibition now on display at Greenwich’s Bruce Museum, an equally charming subject is man’s best friend. Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today

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