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Global boom in hydropower expected this decade

Eureka Alert! - 8 hours 40 min ago
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20 percent and pose a serious threat to freshwater biodiversity.
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Alexander Agassiz’s Expedition and Other Images Collection is now accessible!

Ernst Mayr Library Blog - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:59

 

Background

The collection, which primarily documents the expeditions and work of Alexander Agassiz, a pioneer in oceanographic research and zoological investigation and curator and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (1873-1910), consists of 734 gelatin dry plate glass negatives, 268 film negatives, and 13 photographic prints from the late 1890s through the mid-twentieth century.  The photographs were taken on the Albatross, Challenger, Croydon, and Yaralla expeditions to locations such as Easter Island, Fiji, and Australia, as well as at Agassiz’s Newport, Rhode Island, laboratory and home and at other sites.  The collection also includes images taken by Thomas Barbour (who was a student of Alexander Agassiz two decades before becoming MCZ director himself) in South America, Indonesia, Jamaica, Cuba and Florida, as well as those (chiefly zoological specimens) photographed at or for the MCZ.

The images, which were digitized at Harvard Library Imaging Services, supplement related images of the three Albatross expeditions to the Pacific (1891, 1899-1900, and 1904-1905) and the Hassler Expedition to South America (1871-1872), accessible through the HUL Open Collections Program’s Expeditions & Discoveries web page.

Access

The collection’s 1,015 digital images are in the Harvard University Library’s Visual Information Access catalog, VIA , and can be accessed here.

 

Robert Young, Special Collections Librarian

Gwendolyn Fougy Henry, EdM, MSLIS Archivist and Library Assistant

Categories: General

New book list, October 22, 2014

Ernst Mayr Library Blog - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:03

Les amphibiens et les reptiles du Languedoc-Roussillon et régions limitrophes: atlas biogéographique.
[By] Philippe Geniez et Marc Cheylan. [Mèze]: Biotope; [Paris]: Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, 2012. HOLLIS# 014151386
QL658.F7 G45 2012

Les animaux et écosystèmes de l’Holocene disparus de Madagascar.
[By] Steven M. Goodman & William L. Jungers; illustrations de Velizar Simeonovski. Antananarivo, Madagascar: Association Vahatra, 2013. HOLLIS# 014173585
QE720.2.M28 G66 2013

Atlas des amphibiens et reptiles de France.
Jean Lescure & Jean-Christophe de Massary, coordinateurs; ouvrage collectif de la Société herpétologique de France. Mèze: Biotope; Paris: Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, 2012. HOLLIS# 014151420
QL658.F7 S63 2012

The birds of London.
By Andrew Self. London; New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2014. HOLLIS# 014173590
QL690.G7 S45 2014

The breeding birds of the London area: the distribution and changing status of London’s breeding birds in the closing years of the 20th century.
Editor, Jan Hewlett; survey co-ordinator, K.F. Betton; maps, M.J. Earp; editorial advisory group, P.F.S. Cornelius … [et al.]. London: London Natural History Society, 2002. HOLLIS# 014173595
QL690.G7 B74 2002

Catalogue of the Masao Oita insect collection, the University Museum, the University of Tokyo.
By Masaya Yago [and 7 others]. Tōkyō-to Bunkyō-ku: Tōkyō Daigaku Sōgō Kenkyū Hakubutsukan, 2014. HOLLIS# 014212639
QL556.J3 T65 2014

Daichi no megumi to sono miryoku: dai 29-kai tokubetsu kikakuten = Presentation of geoheritage: 29th special exhibition.
Toyohashi-shi Shizenshi Hakubutsukan; [henshū, Satō Chisako]. [Toyohashi]: Toyohashi-shi Shizenshi Hakubutsukan, 2014. HOLLIS# 014152386
QE304.D34 2014

The Evolutionary Feedback between Genetic Conflict and Genome Architecture.
By Adrian Young. Thesis, Ph.D. Harvard University, 2014. HOLLIS# 014101158
QH447.Y68 2014

Handbook of the mammals of the world. Volume 4: sea mammals.
Chief editors, Don E. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier; associate editors, Sue Ruff, Albert Martínez-Vilalta; authors, Paolo Cavallini … [et al.]. Barcelona: Lynx, c2009-. HOLLIS# 012111668
Ref. QL701.2.H25 2009 v. 4

Kamele sind anders – Trampeltiere in MitteleuropaSozialverhalten – Haltungsproblematik – Reiten und Therapie.
By Gabriele Heidicke mit einem Beitr. von Pamela Holzlöhner1. Aufl. Hohenwarsleben Westarp-Wiss. 2011. HOLLIS# 014173655
QL737.C433 H44 2011

A message from Martha: the extinction of the passenger pigeon and its relevance today.
By Mark Avery. London; New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. HOLLIS# 014203698
QL696.CC63 A87 2014

Modern phylogenetic comparative methods and their application in evolutionary biology: concepts and practice.
László Zsolt Garamszegi, editor. Heidelberg; New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014208961
QH367.5.M63 2014

Narwhal tusk discoveries.
By Martin T. Nweeia. [place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], [2014]. HOLLIS# 014208706
QL737.C433 N84 2014

The passenger pigeon.
By Errol Fuller. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 014203704
QL696.C63 F85 2014

Die Säugetiere Schleswig-Holsteins.
[By] Peter Borkenhagen; herausgegeben von der Faunistisch-Ökologischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schleswig-Holstein. Husum: Husum Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft, 2011. HOLLIS# 014174575
QL728.G3 B67 2011

A taxonomic study on the family formicidae from Hubei Province (Insecta.Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
By Wang Rei. Wuhan: Zhongguo di zhi da xue chu ban she, 2009. HOLLIS# 014202558
QL568.F7 W36 2009

Türkiye kuşları cep kitabı = The pocket book for birds of Türkiye.
Prof. Dr. İlhami Kiziroğlu. 2. baskı. Ankara: Geoturka, 2009. HOLLIS# 013734005
QL691.T9 K59 2009

The walking whales: from land to water in eight million years.
By J.G.M. Thewissen; with illustrations by Jacqueline Dillard. Berkeley: University of California Press, [2015]. HOLLIS# 014135019
QE882.C5 T484 2015

Categories: General

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Nature - Wed, 2014-10-22 13:45

The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit

Nature 514, 7523 (2014). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/514422a

Author: Ewen Callaway

In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation. Here, the scientists behind the find tell its story.

Categories: General, Nature

Human evolution: Small remains still pose big problems

Nature - Wed, 2014-10-22 13:45

Human evolution: Small remains still pose big problems

Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514427a

Author: Chris Stringer

Ten years after the publication of a remarkable find, Chris Stringer explains why the discovery of Homo floresiensis is still so challenging.

Categories: General, Nature

Emergency planning: Be prepared

Nature - Wed, 2014-10-22 13:45

Emergency planning: Be prepared

Nature 514, 7523 (2014). doi:10.1038/514430a

Authors: Jennifer K. Pullium, Gordon S. Roble & Mark A. Raymond

Scenario-based training for disasters is better than just drawing up a paper plan, say Jennifer K. Pullium and colleagues.

Categories: General, Nature

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

Biology News - Tue, 2014-10-21 18:19

Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated.

Categories: Biology News, General

Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates

Biology News - Tue, 2014-10-21 18:19

The way in which male moths locate females flying hundreds of meters away has long been a mystery to scientists.

Categories: Biology News, General
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