Monthly Archives: November 2015

Albatross enclosures and the Large Hadron Collider

In my last post on the value and possible non-existence of “mesocosms,” I closed with a quote from Stommel’s 1963 paper on scale in physical oceanography.  Stommel’s point, which I echoed, is that certain natural processes take place on space … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as a mesocosm

I don’t know about those experiments.  They were all done in mesocosms…or as I call them, “bags.” –Anonymous limnologist Last week, the eminent population ecologist Charley Krebs, channeling the sentiment expressed in the quote above, wrote a blog post on something … Continue reading

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Research in the National Interest

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved legislation today that would require the National Science Foundation to explain, for every research grant it awards, how that grant is “in the national interest.” This is a new chapter in … Continue reading

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