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  1. Feb 2019
  2. Aug 2018
    1. In general, while I've been reading Stuart Kauffmann's At Home in the Universe, I can't help but thinking about the cascading extinctions he describes and wonder if political extinctions of ideas like Communism or other forms of government or even economies might follow the same types of outcomes described there?

  3. Jul 2018
    1. Physiological plasticity has the potential to buffer organisms from warming by reducing the thermal sensitivity of life-sustaining processes and increasing physiological tolerances (3, 4).

      This is interesting!

  4. Oct 2017
    1. that we owe what ecologists like David Tilman call an ‘extinction debt’ (Tilman et al., 1994, pp. 65–6)—and that this debt will be paid.

      For more on the concept of 'extinction debt'; read this article: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v371/n6492/abs/371065a0.html

      Essentially my understanding of 'extinction debt' refers to species becoming extinct in the future because of things that have happened in the past. Tilman refers to the destruction of a species' habitat as the main cause of that species becoming extinct. Makes absolute when I think about it.

  5. Jun 2017
  6. Mar 2017
    1. In a remote, mist-wrapped island north of the eastern tip of Siberia, a small group of woolly mammoths became the last survivors of their once thriving species.

      Love to read about mammoths!