Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin. Blogger at Scientific American. Photographer down in the dirt.

The chancellor Philip Hammond faces four daunting tasks in preparing his Autumn Statement: what is happening to the UK economy? How far should he abandon austerity? What should he do to boost the supply-side? What will Prime Minister Theresa May want? | C — Say your prayers for the chancellor of the exchequer. Most people think David Davis and Liam Fox have a tough enough job over the coming months, but Philip Hammond also faces a daunting challenge. Consider some of the questions in his in-tray: Question One: Is the UK economy slowing down?

Successful Science Photographers Have Access. Here’s How To Get It. — If you spend time reading online photography fora, which you do because you're here, you will already know the key to great photos is owning the Canikon Extended 15-1000mm F1.2 Stabilized Howitzer XL III. You probably can't afford the Canikon XL III.

A free market think tank has joined calls to scrap "inefficient" corporation tax — Margaret Thatcher's favourite think tank has joined calls to abolish corporation tax, blasting the failure of politicians to grasp the impact of the charge. The free market backing Institute of Economic Affairs said long overdue reform of the system has been held back by a "fiction" that the bill is foot by companies, instead of individuals.

The EU’s dangerous quest for tax harmonisation ignores that corporation tax itself is obsolete — Most governments would love to get their hands on an extra €13bn (£11.1bn) from a multinational company. But the Irish government will likely be wrangling in court for many years at what will surely be considerable expense in a somewhat unusual bid to avoid collecting tax.

Acromyrmex - Alex Wild Photography — Acromyrmex is the more diverse of the two leafcutting ant genera (the other is Atta). These distinctive spiny insects cut fresh vegetation to feed to a specialized fungus that grows only in ant nests. The fungus serves as the ants' food source and in return is cultivated and dispersed by the ants.

Insect Sex - Alex Wild Photography

How Ant Slaves Overthrow Their Masters — Every summer, a pitched battle of wills unfolds within the acorns and hollowed-out twigs of the Northeastern United States. A dark, bulbous-headed ant called Protomognathus americanus invades these tiny abodes and plucks the pearly brood of ants in the genus Temnothorax.

You are what you eat: IU biologists map genetic pathways of nutrition-based species traits — BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Biologists at Indiana University have significantly advanced understanding of the genetic pathways that control the appearance of different physical traits in the same species depending on nutritional conditions experienced during development. In many animals, nutrition -- not genetic differences -- controls the appearance of certain physical traits.

Nikon Announces Winners of 2011 Small World Competition — While science journalists' attention remains focused on the Nobel prizes, another set of awards- rather diminutive in scope- were also released this morning. Nikon has announced the 2011 winners of its prestigious Small World Photomicrography Competition. The contest, now in its 37th year, received over 2,000 entries.

Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies — Hymenoptera is a diverse order of insects that contains wasps, bees, and sawflies. Many species are parasitic on other insects and are important in biological control of pests. Several groups have evolved complex social behavior, particularly in the bees and ants.
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Sep 25, 2016

If I don't sleep, I'll have about one minute per #ICE2016 attendee to see all 7,000 of my ento friends.

Sep 24, 2016

Copyright issues in scientific publishing are rather different, though, as scientists aren't supported by sales of their works.

Sep 24, 2016

In case you haven't figured it out, I argue for copyright because I don't wish creative careers to be a privilege of the already wealthy.

Sep 24, 2016

@curiousreduvius though it's interesting the wishful thinking that goes into people not wanting to pay for other people's labor.

Sep 24, 2016

@curiousreduvius Eh, that's not true. Photographer still composes backdrop, sets up lighting, depth of field, and other parameters.

Sep 24, 2016

I love Twitter. I don't arrive to #ICE2016 until tomorrow, but am still able to follow what I'm missing! #ECN2016 #iussi2016

Sep 24, 2016

PSA: don't nap in proximity to a three year old with markers, or you'll end up all rainbowy.

Sep 24, 2016

RT @DrFriedenCDC: Aerial spraying -safe & effective when done properly- appears to have been driver in Florida’s success in interrupting sp…

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