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Writing group launch first anthology

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A WRITING group is celebrating the launch of its first anthology.

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Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360

Microbiomes at the Roots: A New Look at Forest Ecology by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
With advances in genetic sequencing technology, scientists are now able to readily identify the microbes living in and around the roots of trees.
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This critical issue has been overlooked by foresters and other land managers.  The cost to bring the subject into practice will be great.  Thousands of species can be present.

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Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors - Publishers Weekly

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Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors Publishers Weekly Probably, the best advice I've ever come across from a writer on writing is Elmore Leonard's suggestion, “If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.” Second best is Mark Twain's “Show, don't...
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Basic ideas that must become habits for authors.
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Thacher Gallery - University of San Francisco (USF)

Thacher Gallery - University of San Francisco (USF) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Exhibit: "In Nature's Temple: Early California Art and Ecology" plus talk by historian Kevin Starr. Lot's of... http://t.co/ixWyNZRUOB
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"Put the space ship up ahead on the left."

 

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Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills - NPR (blog)

Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills - NPR (blog) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
NPR (blog) Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills NPR (blog) The authors distinguished between "literary fiction" — books written by award-winning authors including Jesmyn Ward, Don DeLillo, Anton Checkov, Louise...
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No, Extreme Human Longevity Won’t Destroy the Planet

No, Extreme Human Longevity Won’t Destroy the Planet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It’s only a matter of time before humanity solves the aging problem. And resistance to radical life extension has already begun, driven by fears of overpopulation and the exhaustion of our planet's resources.
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As the growing number of living humans passes resource carrying capacity over more and more of Earth's surface, the species must adapt its life form to survive. 

 

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What is sustainability?'s curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:03 AM

Thank goodness for that...

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New Clear Vision | Subversive Ecology

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Can It Be an Antidote to Our Toxic Age? by Evaggelos Vallianatos. One of the discoveries I made during my 25-year tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was ecology. Of course, I had heard of ecology before ...
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Wildlife Advocacy in Sci-Fi Stories and Articles
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A VC: Writing It Down

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I had dinner with my daughter Jessica last night. We got to talking about creativity. She's a photographer. I asked her how she thinks Pieter Hugo comes up with his ideas for photos. She said "I bet he reads a...
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Writing and rewriting can help clarify our understanding.

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The Ecological Importance of California's Rim Fire - Ecology Global Network

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Ecology Global Network The Ecological Importance of California's Rim Fire Ecology Global Network Since the Rim fire began in the central Sierra Nevada on August 17, there has been a steady stream of fearful, hyperbolic, and misinformed reporting in...
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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

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Bestseller Hugh Howey offers a list of tips that tend to surprise new writers, particularly those who are self-publishing or considering it.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:02 PM

 

Aspiring and even self-published authors are inundated with so much information coming at us at the speed of light; it sometimes feels as if our heads will explode.

 

Bestselling author, Hugh Howey, gives us some more great advice to chew on, and attempt to cram into our cranial. Some has been rehashed, but we can all use a refresher. Here is a quick summary:

 

 1.   Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work.

 2.   The people who sell your books are your existing readers.

 3.   There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book.

 4.   An undiscovered book remains fresh and new.

 5.   Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base.

 6.   A good agent is your best friend.

 7.   An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram.

 8.   Videos are worth a million words.

 9.   Be yourself.

10.  Authors are not in competition with one another.

 

Remember, BIC (butt in chair). Keep writing, then there will be books to promote.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

 Link to the full article: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/comment-page-1/#comment-309414

 

 

 

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ANN ARBOR: Local author's first novel, 'Mersoon Rising,' is sweeping science ... - Heritage Newspapers

ANN ARBOR: Local author's first novel, 'Mersoon Rising,' is sweeping science ... - Heritage Newspapers | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Michigan Professor Tells Creative Writing Class 'Republicans Have Raped This ... - NewsBusters

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Michigan Professor Tells Creative Writing Class 'Republicans Have Raped This ...
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The students should already know this.

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Guest Post: Science Education through Science Fiction - PLoS Blogs (blog)

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Guest Post: Science Education through Science Fiction
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One of our favorite guest contributors, John Romano is back to Sci-Ed! This week he tells us another story from his classroom, where he teaches science to high school kids.
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A Hint That JD Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write - NPR (blog)

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A Hint That JD Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write
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Star Trekking through the Middle East. Whatever happened to Arab science fiction?

Star Trekking through the Middle East. Whatever happened to Arab science fiction? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Arab science fiction -- my blog post from last night's event http://t.co/eJLG7Sx8rb #SindbadSciFi
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Throwback Thursday: 'Barbarella' - Science Fiction

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Throwback Thursday: 'Barbarella'
Science Fiction
It's Thursday again, which means it's time for this week's Throwback Thursday, ScienceFiction.com's look at great science fiction of the past.
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See this if you haven't already.

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The Ophiuchi Hotline – John Varley

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Just realized I haven't read this one.

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The Ultimate Science Fiction Spaceship Comparison Chart Update #5 - Science Fiction

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The Ultimate Science Fiction Spaceship Comparison Chart Update #5
Science Fiction
Are you curious as to how star ships from various science fiction universes stack up against one another? Is the Battlestar Galactica larger than the Enterprise?
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Trying to remember the ship with the onboard EPL (Ever Perfect Lieutenant) navigation system.  Anyone . . . ?

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Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades. The Obama administration initially appeared ready to approve Keystone XL, but an unprecedented wave of activism from environmentalists and residents of the states along its path has forced several delays. Among those pressuring Obama for Keystone XL’s approval is the Canadian government, which recently offered a greater pledge of reduced carbon emissions if the pipeline is built. 


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Greed takes Canada.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Good.  Perhaps it is the instant feedback that forces improvement.

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This map shows the regions of Earth most vulnerable to climate change

This map shows the regions of Earth most vulnerable to climate change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Scientists from Stanford University and the Wildlife Conservation Society in Australia have produced a map illustrating the global distribution of climate instability.
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Julia Connor's curator insight, October 11, 2013 12:25 PM

This is a real eye opener.

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211 Reasons To Read SciFi - SF Signal

211 Reasons To Read SciFi - SF Signal | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
211 Reasons To Read Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in September 2013 (Our MASSIVE Monthly SF/F/F Cover Gallery). By John DeNardo | Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at 12:25 am. Here's your one-stop, monthly ...
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Garry Rogers's curator insight, September 3, 2013 3:10 PM

And no.212, Corr Syl the Warrior, of course.

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Comparing Urban Footprints

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"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 1:41 AM

useful for both Year 8 and Year 11 Geography.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 9:15 AM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 9:49 AM

The comparison of urban footprints certainly puts a lot of factors into perspective.  Whenever I am in highly populated areas such as Atlanta and New York, I feel like the area is so densely populated. But shift over to Sao Paulo which is so much smaller than New York, but just as populated.

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Malala Yousafzai delivers speech about the power of books - USA TODAY

Malala Yousafzai delivers speech about the power of books - USA TODAY | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Dr. Seuss e-books: Random House Children's Publishing announced it will publish Dr. Seuss' books as e-books for the first time.
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