This Week’s Good Reads: Science in Africa, Public Trust in Science, and Ecological Forecasts

1) Research: Africa’s Fight for Equality, Nature News, Linda Nordling

2) Under the Sea, a Missing Link in the Evolution of Complex Cells, NY Times, Carl Zimmer

3) New method for monitoring global forest health using satellite data monitoring the faint glow of chlorophyll: Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence that Correlates with Canopy Photosynthesis on Diurnal and Seasonal Scales in a Temperate Deciduous Forest, Geophysical Research Letters, Xi Yang et al. [paywalled, but summary here]

4) 3 Reasons Octopus Locomotion Is the Weirdest, Discovery, Elizabeth Preston

5) The Retirement Debate: Stay at the Bench, or Make Way for the Next Generation, Nature News, Megan Scudellari

6) In Guinea, a Long, Difficult Road to Zero Ebola Cases, Science, Martin Enserink

7) Zero Accountability: The Consequences of Politically Driven Science, Naomi Oreskes speaks to the Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

8) Check out the #NASinterface conversation on Twitter this week, from the meeting Trust and Confidence at the Intersections of the Life Sciences and Society at the National Academy of Sciences.

This conversation discussed a few readings that caught my radar:

9) How far into the future can ecologists reliably predict? Answer (and questions that still need answers) here: The Ecological Forecast Horizon, and Examples of its Uses and Determinants, Ecology Letters, Owen L. Petchey et al. [sorry, paywall]

10) Biodiversity Enhances Ecosystem Multifunctionality Across Trophic Levels and Habitats, Nature Communications, Jonathan Lefcheck et al. [paywalled, but summary here]

11) Traits, Community Ecology, and Demented Accountants, BES methods blog, David Warton


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