Monday, August 24, 2015

Robots, Super-Predators and Poop

Ah, another Monday. Mine starts with a cuppa tea, a glance at Facebook and a list of my publications from the previous week.

Speaking of which, here's that list, starting with two interesting "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

That's a tree kangaroo, in case you were wondering.
Poop Could Help Save Rare Tree Kangaroo from Extinction

The Cuckoo Reason Why These Bumblebees May Go Extinct

Next up, two important articles for TakePart:

U.S. Cracks Down on Mexican Seafood After Turtle Deaths

Meet the Super-Predator Wiping Out the World’s Wildlife

And finally, here's my latest technology careers feature for IEEE-USA InSight:

Career Focus: The Three *New* Laws of Roboticists

Well, I think pulling that list together earned me another cuppa tea. Have a great week!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Zombie Seals, Failed Amphibians and Dead Coyotes

Hey folks, welcome to my regular Monday morning link wrap-up. This week brings you a pretty wide mix of stories, all of which deserve your clicks.

Photo by Derek Mead
We'll start the list with my second feature for Vice magazine's Motherboard imprint, a heartwarming tale of an impending apocalypse:

The Sneeze That Could Wipe Out Hawaii’s Seals

Next up, three new wildlife articles for TakePart:

Poachers Aren’t Going to ‘Like’ These Tech Companies Teaming Up to Fight the Ivory Trade

U.S. to World: You’d Better Protect Whales and Dolphins If You Want Us to Eat Your Seafood

Activists Score Victory in Effort to Stop the Government Killing of Millions of Animals

Just one "Extinction Countdown" article for Scientific American this week, but it asks a pretty big question:

Are Zoos Failing Amphibians?

And finally, here's something completely different, for IEEE's The Institute. If you know any smart kids, point 'em in this direction:

Calling All Students: Create an Animation Focused on Smart Technologies

That's it in terms of articles that I wrote last week, but here's one more (about birding) that quotes me:

Change in slow motion

As always, thanks for reading! Join me here next week or follow me on the tweet machine for headlines as they happen.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blood Lions and Devil Trees

Hey folks! It's Monday again, following a really great writing week. This week's articles covered some pretty powerful topics and really seemed to grab my readers' attentions.

Case in point, this week's two "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American, both of which really struck a chord with people:

Devil Tree Threatens the World's Rarest Zebras

Ring-Tailed Lemurs Threatened by Illegal Pet Trade

In the wake of the death of Cecil the lion, all of my old articles on lions have been attracting tens of thousands of new readers. Well here's a new one for TakePart that also inspired a lot of angry feelings:

‘Blood Lions’: Conservationists Infiltrate Hunts of Captive Big Cats in South Africa

Sticking with the lion theme, I talked about Cecil, lion conservation and how the media can do a better job of cover endangered species on this week's episode of the CounterSpin radio show.

Finally this week, on a completely different note, here's my latest careers article for IEEE's The Institute. I learned a lot working on this one and it's a nice tonal shift from all of the stuff above:

Why Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Your Success

Well, that's it for this time around. Make sure to come back next Monday for more headlines, or follow me on Twitter for the latest links as they happen.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rhinos, Tigers and Sharks (Don't Cry)

This was a bad week for wildlife. Well, mostly. I wrote three new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American, all of which updated stories I have previously covered and only one of which could be considered semi-good news:

Another Northern White Rhino Dies--and Then There Were Four (this was also translated into Spanish)

Bangladesh Has 75 Percent Fewer Tigers Than Expected

Giant Squeaker Frog Gets Ready for Cries of Joy

The bad news continued at TakePart with this batch of climate and wildlife articles, although the last one actually is pretty cool and hopeful:

Drought Is Making Climate Change Even Worse

Sharks Are What's for Dinner, and That's a Big Problem

Waving the Flag for the Grizzly’s Return to California

That's it for this week. I should have a couple of new technology articles coming up in the next few weeks, along with a whole bunch of new wildlife articles, so follow me on Twitter for the headlines as they happen.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wildlife Trafficking, Cybersecurity & Turtle Sex

Hey folks! Happy Monday!

Last week saw the publication of two big new features, both of which I feel have already had a pretty big impact. I can't believe how many emails and tweets I got about them.

Here's the first, probably my longest article to date for TakePart, which managed to predict at least one thing that later came true:

Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End Poaching

And here's the second feature, my latest technology careers piece for IEEE-USA InSight:

Cybersecurity Professionals: The Government Wants You [Seriously, if you know any smart kids or young professionals, point 'em toward this career.]

Next up, my latest "Extinction Countdown" article for Scientific American, a follow-up to one of this year's most popular articles:

No Motherhood Yet for 100-Year-Old Turtle

Finally, here are two more wildlife-related news articles for TakePart:

Climate Change and Mosquitoes: A Deadly Combination for Hawaii's Rare Birds

Canine Cops Target Ivory Smugglers in Africa

That's it for this time around! Join me next Monday for more or follow me on Twitter for the latest links as they happen.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Own Private Shark Week (and other stories)

Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" programming may be over, but that didn't stop me from having my own shark week, with two new articles about Sharks for TakePart and Scientific American:

A Tech Billionaire’s Plan to Save Endangered Sharks and Coral Reefs

Three Angel Shark Species Proposed for Protection

I also wrote two other endangered species stories for SciAm and TakePart:

World's Biggest Bumblebee at Risk of Extinction

Groups Ask Obama Administration to Protect Critically Endangered Pangolins

My last of this week's headlines comes from IEEE's The Institute, where I once again profile the annual Presidents' Scholarship winner (one of my favorite gigs of the year):

High School Student Designs a ‘Wheelchair’ That Lets Users Stand Up

That's it for this week. Make sure to tune in next Monday for more links, or follow me on Twitter for headlines as they happen!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wolves, Monkeys and Apps Developers

Triskaidekaphobia is a thing. Don't judge me.
It's Monday the 13th and I should probably be superstitious but I have too many projects on my plate to be nervous. (Yes, I know Monday the 13th isn't a thing, but it should be.)

Anyway, last week saw several projects get off my plate and into the world. Here are the first two, my latest "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Wolves and Monkeys: Unusual Hunting Buddies

Endangered Antelope with Fur More Valuable Than Gold on Its Way to Recovery

Next up, two new wildlife/environment articles for TakePart:

Plastic Bags Are Killing Fish—but Not in the Way You Might Think

Will the Drought Topple California’s Towering Redwoods?

And finally this week, here's my latest for IEEE's The Institute:

IEEE/IBM Watson Student Contest Wants App Developers

Lots more in the days and weeks ahead -- assuming I make it through today, of course!