Sunday Links

  • Bug Girl writes about the unintended consequences of introducing an insect as a biocontrol of an invasive plant. The insects did indeed eat the invasive plant, but the local native mice also ate the insects. Soon there were so many mice that they ate all the native plants, too, leaving more space for the invasive plant that they were trying to control in the first place. Ooops.

“… after hours of carving, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to destroy my handiwork. After all, who wants to squash a sweet potato that’s been lovingly crafted to look like Admiral Akbar? Or demolish a Daikon radish in the form of cult hero Boba Fett? Not me, that’s for sure. But what if I could create a Star Wars figure that I wanted to destroy? Surely then I’d be able to slice into it without remorse. Choosing a character did not turn out to be difficult.”

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