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Note: Awe of Nature is under development (Sept 2016).  All inquiries about the project welcome!

Awe of Nature highlights news and research articles about discoveries in the natural world, with a focus on the new and the positive.
Many species are still being discovered.   New species large and small are still being found, in unexplored depths and wild lands, but also in populated and frequented locales.  One just has to look, and get to know the plants and animals
And species are evolving.  The mechanisms of evolution are being revealed as scientists can better observe and analyze the processes of speciation.   Many populations and species are changing because of man’s influence on the environment, the climate and their ecosystems, a phenomenon I refer to as climation. And not all species are suffering decline.  There are positive, hopeful stories to report about nature thriving, species doing well and recovering in numbers once thought improbable.  We are starting to put nature first, starting to see nature cope better, and learning how nature can do this.  Awe of Nature helps reveal these stories, and the research that is helping us better understand, and live within the natural world.  Awe of Nature is a website for citizen scientists as well as scholars of natural history, gathering much of the work of science journalists who can bring the awe of nature to every reader.
The website is also an experiment in indexing science journalism.  Traditionally, researching the science literature means using indexing and abstracting (I&A) databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, Zoological Record etc.   Abstracts and even full articles provide the data and some methods and conclusory remarks, but the articles do not tell the full story behind the research.  The scientific article is a record of experimentation and observation, but does not reveal the full story behind the data and discovery.  Stories about scientific inquiry is the domain of science journalism.  Complementing the scholarly article, interviews with the scientists, background, videos and other information associated the study can help reveal the most interesting part of the studies: why and how the data was acquired.
The website also acts then as a single source for updates and retroactive searching into the myriad of news and academic literature sources that may describe new species and other topics.  Social media provides easy ways to share selected stories and publications, limited for the most part to ‘new news’, always replacing what was new and interesting only moments, at most a week before.  Aweofnature helps overcome this problem by retaining selected articles into a topical index, to help readers delve into news and perspectives about topics over time.
New species news’ is an ongoing index of stories about new species discoveries, citing original articles but focusing on reports about these discoveries.  From blogs to mainstream news publishers, the articles help share the adventure and discovery behind the data, and what may be of popular interest beyond the data, such as celebrity naming of species, long seen but never described species, etc.  And the pictures shared via the journalism provide a much easier and interesting way to review the literature, compared to traditional I&A databases.

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