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Natural history news and information for animals, plants, and habitats.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Links to Nature Conservation on the Web

Links to Nature Conservation on the Web | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
My updated list of links to nature conservation web resources. (Links to Nature Conservation on the Web http://t.co/0Bv9ChY53p via @Garry_Rogers)
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Rivers & Lakes | Freshwater Conservation | The Nature Conservancy

Rivers & Lakes | Freshwater Conservation | The Nature Conservancy | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy works on-the-ground with people in 30 countries to secure the rivers and lakes that support our lives.
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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Banning California Bobcat Trapping

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Banning California Bobcat Trapping | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Reblogged from Our Compass: Source Center for Biological Diversity SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill that will ban commercial bobcat trapping around California’s national and state parks, monuments and refuges.
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Good move Jerry!

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How using the Gunning Fog Index improves your writing

How using the Gunning Fog Index improves your writing | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
I can never get fairy cakes to rise. They come out the oven, lopsided, and barely peeping over the cases. In short, they are an embarrassment. Is it the sifting, the eggs, the mixing, my oven or simple incompetence?

Via Thomas Faltin
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Improving clarity is not "dumbing down."  Use short sentences and words. 

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The Uncanny Places on Earth That Look Like Alien Worlds

The Uncanny Places on Earth That Look Like Alien Worlds | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
We've made huge strides towards finding exoplanets and surveying the other worlds in our solar system recently — but most of us will never know what it's like to stand on another soil, especially under another sun.
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Is the Internet Good for Writing? Part 1: Affirmative - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Is the Internet Good for Writing? Part 1: Affirmative - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Taking this side of the question is Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Thompson says he is “regularly astonished by the quality and length of expression I find online, the majority of which is done by amateurs in their spare time.”

The length part, at least, is inarguable. Thompson, a journalist who has specialized in covering technology, asserts, “Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college.” Now, according to his back-of-the-envelope cyphering, people compose about 3.6 trillion words a day via e-mail, blogs, and social media—the equivalent of 36 million books, give or take.


Via Charles Tiayon
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So, does frequent writing provide beneficial practice and improvement regardless of length?

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:53 AM

Taking this side of the question is Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Thompson says he is “regularly astonished by the quality and length of expression I find online, the majority of which is done by amateurs in their spare time.”

The length part, at least, is inarguable. Thompson, a journalist who has specialized in covering technology, asserts, “Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college.” Now, according to his back-of-the-envelope cyphering, people compose about 3.6 trillion words a day via e-mail, blogs, and social media—the equivalent of 36 million books, give or take.

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Comic Book Review: 'Katana' #8 - Science Fiction

Comic Book Review: 'Katana' #8 - Science Fiction | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
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Comic Book Review: 'Katana' #8
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katana 8 The problem with doing a gimmicky crossover month is trying to get back into the rhythm of a series once it resumes its normal storyline.
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Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - October 2013 | Octavia Books | New Orleans, Louisiana - Independent Bookstore

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - October 2013 | Octavia Books | New Orleans, Louisiana - Independent Bookstore | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Science Fiction Book Club discusses The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne Valente, today 10:30 http://t.co/uIxGIET99J
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Can't say the club is related to Octavia Butler who was a westcoaster, but the name and the genre fit.

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Hemlock Extinction Looms over Tennessee Forests | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Hemlock Extinction Looms over Tennessee Forests | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The branches of the massive eastern hemlock loom more than 30 meters above us, but instead of craning our necks to look up Tennessee state botanist ...
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10 words to cut from your writing

10 words to cut from your writing | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing.

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Kelsey Green's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:40 PM

Helpful in terms of useless things in writing that can be eliminated.

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Writing … is an addiction, an illusory release, a presumptuous taming of reality, a way of expressing lightly the unbearable.

Writing … is an addiction, an illusory release, a presumptuous taming of reality, a way of expressing lightly the unbearable. | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
John Updike on religion and writing (“Writing is an illusory release, a presumptuous taming of reality, a way of expressing lightly the unbearable.” http://t.co/deOPV1JZrp)...
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The Science and Science Fiction of SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow - Popular Mechanics

The Science and Science Fiction of SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow - Popular Mechanics | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
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The Science and Science Fiction of SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow
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... Fiction of SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow.
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Is Larry David really playing a surprising villain in Man of Steel 2?

Is Larry David really playing a surprising villain in Man of Steel 2? | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
At last, we know whom Chris O'Dowd is playing in Thor 2... and it's not whom we thought. Will Harrison Ford join the Blade Runner sequel? Another Star Wars casting rumor gets shot down. Daniel Radcliffe talks Frankenstein.
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Science Fiction and Mystery Writers

Science Fiction and Mystery Writers | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Science Fiction and Mystery Writers, by terrimain: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (Science Fiction and Mystery Writers is out!
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Age of humanity impacts wildlife

Age of humanity impacts wildlife | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Reblogged from SAVES Club: Related articles Human Life Expectancy Affects Endangered Species (scienceworldreport.com)
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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 58 - The Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey

Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 58 - The Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Description Visualise someone leaping upwards fifty feet into the air carrying a twenty-five pound weight.  That is the equivalent of a female Zanzibar red colobus monkey travelling upwards with he...
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Comment of the Day: The Tradeoff Between Science and Story

Comment of the Day: The Tradeoff Between Science and Story | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
In today's comments we fretted over the definition of average, oohed and aahed over some DIY costume skills, and (with the help of Gravity's science advisor) teased out the precise intersection of science and story-telling.
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When the science is inaccurate the story is no longer science fiction.  It becomes fantasy.  That's fine, but even fantasy has rules.  Departure from accuracy without new rules can get you bad reviews.

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What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body?

What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
What if the cost of uploading your brain is giving up your body? Forever? That's just one of the thought-provoking questions raised by Erin Biba's piece on the ethics of uploading yourself, over at Tested.
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Researchers suggest ozone hole responsible for warming in southern Africa

Researchers suggest ozone hole responsible for warming in southern Africa | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has concluded that a two decade early summer surface-air warming in southern Africa is likely due to the ozone hole over Antarctica.
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The ozone hole is shrinking, but the increased danger of higher solar radiation intensity in the southern hemispher will persist for another 35 years.

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Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports

Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the...
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Creating native enclaves might save a plant species from extinction, but the species' decline over a large area will have tremendous negative effect on the species' herbivore/detritivore and sheltering associates.

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11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS

11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Some easy tips to help you turn your book dreams into published book reality."


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It does take effort and time for revision and rewriting.

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I speak to many aspiring authors who are just downright afraid to write and publish. They feel that they have nothing worthwhile to share with the world.

 

If you have the God-given desire to write--then you must at least try! Don't live a woulda, coulda, shoulda life.

 

This article shares some tips to help those people stop dreaming and start writing and publishing. The steps are simple, but it may just be what turns "aspiring" into "publishing."

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://philosbooks.com/10-visual-exercises-turn-book-dreams-published-book/

 

 

 

 

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GirlZombieAuthors: Zombie Books and Movies

GirlZombieAuthors: Zombie Books and Movies | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
RT @caverstraete: GirlZombieAuthors: #Zombie Books and Movies - what's better? http://t.co/ROLJqeVP8O
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We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly - Slate Magazine

We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly - Slate Magazine | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Slate Magazine We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly Slate Magazine “It doesn't matter if [what you write] is true or not,” says Perelman, who helped create MIT's writing placement test and has consulted at other top universities...
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Many boys don't write at all.

 

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25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy: Now in Checklist Form

25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy: Now in Checklist Form | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Editing your own copy? Use our list and remember to check it twice!
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Aargh.  The full list is at http://thewritelife.com; Anything you would add?

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The seriously creepy "two-kitten experiment"

The seriously creepy "two-kitten experiment" | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Think you've seen the worst that mad science has to offer? How about an experiment in which scientists rendered kittens essentially sightless? And that's not the worst of it.
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Lots of comments that contain related information.

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Julia Connor's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:15 PM

That's evil, why would they want to do that?