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Chimps and Bonobos Prove that Moral Behavior is a Product of Evolution

Book Review: The Bonobo and the Atheist

Dr. Frans de Waal doesn’t want to change your religion. He does, however, want to change some misconceptions about our human ethical and moral values; values he feels are very much a part of our evolutionary heritage. He finds his evidence in…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – January 17, 2014

Take My Advice

Letters to a Young Scientist
By Edward O. Wilson
Liveright, 2013, 256 pages

“Charming” is not a word one would normally associate with a book about how to be a scientist. But Edward O. Wilson’s new book, Letters to a Young Scientist, is indeed charming, as well as by turns inspirational and practical. To cut to the chase: If you have children who are interested in a career in science, or if you know young people already launched on that pathway, buy them this book.…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Autumn 2013

Feds Deny Georgia Aquarium Permit to Import 18 Beluga Whales

Lucrative US captive marine mammal market barred to the beluga hunters for now

Yesterday, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) denied Georgia Aquarium’s request for a permit to import 18 beluga whales caught in the wild in Russia citing “requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).” The whales were destined for several aquariums…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – August 7, 2013

New US Fisheries Rule Will Help Resolve Dolphin Safe Label Dispute with Mexico

Regulation extends current protections for dolphins to tuna-fishing operations across the world

The United States issued a new federal fisheries rule on Tuesday that extends current protections for dolphins to other tuna fisheries around the world. The new rule will improve reporting on the safety of dolphins and at the same time resolve a…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – July 11, 2013

International Marine Mammal Project

Saving Whales and Dolphins around the World The International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been hard at work these past few months, trying to protect dolphins, whales, and their ocean habitats around the globe. photo Steve SnodgrassIMMP is campaigning to stop SeaWorld from importing wild beluga whales from Russia. In Taiji, Japan, another bloody dolphin hunt season came to an end in February, and IMMP’s volunteer Cove Monitors, with crucial help from…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Summer 2013

Under a Microscope

In Review: The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct

There are few spectacles of nature as fascinating as a long line of leafcutter arts marching along a well-beaten trail, each of them carrying a piece of a leaf many times their own size, making a tight and well ordered column of…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – May 24, 2013

US Fisheries Service to Expand Dolphin Safe Tuna Certification Requirements

Proposed rule seeks better verification of dolphin safety during tuna fishing, addresses WTO’s concerns about uniform standards

The US National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a new rule last Friday that would extend current protections for dolphins to tuna fisheries around the world. By doing so, the rule would improve reporting on dolphin safety and help resolve a bitter World Trade…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – April 9, 2013

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