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Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders

Researchers have identified two novel anxiety-related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs. The region associated with fearfulness corresponds with the locus of human chromosome 18, which is associated with various psychiatric disorders, while the region associated with noise sensitivity includes several genes related to human and canine behavior and mental disorders.

Americans Increasingly Say Climate Change Is Happening Now

A national survey that has been asking the same question for a decade shows nearly half of respondents now say climate change is already impacting U.S. residents. Nearly half of Americans think people in the United States are being harmed…

Why you should cultivate your inner dabbler

When I was a teenager, I got the impression that dilettante was (almost) a dirty word. It was definitely an insult. A dilettante connoted a person who wasted time, who wasn’t serious, who was probably superficial. If you loved something,…

How male dragonflies adapt wing color to temperature

New research in how dragonflies may adapt their wing color to temperature differences might explain color variation in other animals, from lions to birds. Further, the findings could also provide evolutionary biologists clues about whether rising global temperatures might adversely affect some species.

Energy Transition Will Upend Geopolitics

The rapid adoption of renewable energy will “redraw the geopolitical map of the 21st century,” according to a new report that surveys the geopolitical implications of the clean energy transition. The rise of renewable energy can dramatically enhance the degree…

Well done Les!

Mark ♦ January 23, 2019 ♦ 2 Comments It will take a big shove to get Les Wallace’s epetition over the 10,000-signatures line by the end of next week – but it’s quite possible. Over 700 signatures have been added…

Bowland harriers

Mark ♦ January 23, 2019 ♦ 8 Comments Stephen Murphy of Natural England is backing up the Moorland Association’s nonsense that having brood meddling is turning gamekeepers into good guys according to a report in the Lancashire Post. I’m looking…

New Study Establishes Causal Link Between Climate, Conflict, and Migration

IIASA-led research has established a causal link between climate, conflict, and migration for the first time, something which has been widely suggested in the media but for which scientific evidence is scarce. There are numerous examples in recent decades in…