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  • Scientists discover new penguin colonies from space
    on August 5, 2020 at 12:08 am

    A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than was previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for monitoring the impact of environmental change on the population of this iconic bird.

  • Strong relationships in adulthood won't 'fix' effects of early childhood adversity
    on August 3, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Harsh conditions in early life are a fundamental cause of adult stress, and according to new research on wild baboons, this effect is not explained by a lack of social support in adulthood.

  • Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies
    on August 3, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Older male rhesus monkeys sire fewer offspring, even though they appear to be mating as much as younger monkeys with similarly high social status. Sperm quality or quantity, or the survival of infants, may decline with the age of the would-be father, the new study suggests. A new study has implications for understanding some age-related aspects of male reproductive health in primates, including humans.

  • Strategy for sustainable aquaculture, the world's fastest growing food sector
    on August 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity's appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg consumed annually by every person on the planet.

  • New studies show how to save parasites and why it's important
    on August 1, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are likely to be complex, and that a changing world probably will see both outbreaks of some parasites and a total loss of other parasite species.

  • Remote islands: Stepping stones to understanding evolution
    on July 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Researchers have investigated evolutionary and ecological changes in ants in the South Pacific archipelago of Fiji to examine a controversial theory for how evolution occurs on islands.

  • Underwater robots reveal daily habits of endangered whales
    on July 30, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Research has revealed the daily habits of the endangered Mediterranean sperm whale. The recordings confirmed the whales' widespread presence in the north-western Mediterranean Sea and identified a possible hotspot for sperm whale habitat in the Gulf of Lion, as well as different foraging strategies between different areas.

  • Studying interactions between ground-nesting bees and soils
    on July 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Research gives possible answers to increase pollinator populations on farms.

  • Indigenous people vital for understanding environmental change
    on July 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Grassroots knowledge from indigenous people can help to map and monitor ecological changes and improve scientific studies, according to new research. The study shows the importance of indigenous and local knowledge for monitoring ecosystem changes and managing ecosystems. The team collected more than 300 indicators developed by indigenous people to monitor ecosystem change, and most revealed negative trends, such as increased invasive species or changes in the health of wild animals.

  • Smaller habitats worse than expected for biodiversity
    on July 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Biodiversity's ongoing global decline has prompted policies to protect and restore habitats to minimize animal and plant extinctions. However, biodiversity forecasts used to inform these policies are usually based on assumptions of a simple theoretical model describing how the number of species changes with the amount of habitat. A new study shows that the application of this theoretical model underestimates how many species go locally extinct when habitats are lost.

  • Decline of bees, other pollinators threatens US crop yields
    on July 29, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by a lack of pollinators, according to new research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. Most of the world's crops depend on honeybees and wild bees for pollination, so declines in both managed and wild bee populations raise concerns about food security, notes the study.

  • Combating a pandemic is 500 times more expensive than preventing one, research suggests
    on July 28, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    The failure to protect tropical rain forests has cost trillions of dollars stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked economic havoc and caused historic levels of unemployment in the United States and around the world, experts argue in a new article.

  • Artificial Intelligence to identify individual birds of same species
    on July 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Humans have a hard time identifying individual birds just by looking at the patterns on their plumage. An international study has now shown how computers can learn to differentiate individual birds of a same species.

  • Cycad plants provide an important 'ecosystem service'
    on July 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    A new study shows that cycads, which are in decline and among the world's most threatened group of plants, provide an important service to their neighboring organisms. The study found that at least two cycad species share nitrogen and carbon through the soil, thereby creating habitable environments for other organisms.

  • How the zebrafish got its stripes
    on July 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Animal patterns are a source of endless fascination, and now researchers have worked out how zebrafish develop their stripes.

  • Livestock expansion is a factor in global pandemics
    on July 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    A new study looks at the growth of global livestock farming and the threat to biodiversity, and the health risks to both humans and domesticated animals.

  • Young dolphins pick their friends wisely
    on July 23, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Strategic networking is key to career success, and not just for humans. A study of bottlenose dolphins reveals that in early life, dolphins devote more time to building connections that could give them an edge later on. Analyzing nearly 30 years of records for some 1700 dolphins in Australia, researchers find that dolphins under age 10 seek out peers and activities that could help them forge bonds and build skills they'll need in adulthood.

  • New native Hawaiian land snail species discovered, first in 60 years
    on July 23, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Auriculella gagneorum, a small candy-striped snail from Oahu's Waianae Mountains, represents the first new species of a living Hawaiian land snail described in 60 years.

  • Genome-mapping reveals 'supermutation' resulting in cryptic coloration in stick insects
    on July 23, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Biologists discuss findings from an investigation of genetic mutations in seven species of North American stick insects (Timema) resulting in cryptic coloration.

  • African vulture poisoning has global disease and biodiversity implications
    on July 23, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Researchers have produced recommendations for vulture poisoning control in Southern Africa. Vultures act as nature's most critical scavengers, working as ecosystem garbage disposals and disinfectors to maintain animal, environmental, and human health. Findings highlight the issue from a conservation and criminology perspective, recommending a more coordinated and holistic approach to regulation, education, and enforcement.

 

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