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September 2, 2015

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September 2, 2015

Large Parks Key to City Success, Research Shows

Sep. 1, 2015 — Cities should feature compact development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximize benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, research has ... read more

Study in Bats and Rodents Offers Insights on How Viruses Spread Across Species

Aug. 25, 2015 — Bats are natural reservoirs of several important emerging viruses, and because cross-species transmission appears to be quite common among bats, it's important to study bats in a community ... read more

Lucky Four-Leaf Clovers in the Sub-Arctic Could Prove Valuable to Future Plant Breeding

Aug. 24, 2015 — The lucky discovery of four-leaf clovers in the sub-arctic could prove valuable to future plant breeding ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence that deforestation causes drastic loss of tropical forest ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — A new model presents a common mathematical structure that underlies the full range of feeding strategies of plants and animals: from familiar parasites, predators, and scavengers to more obscure ... read more

Bats Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Aug. 19, 2015 — Intensive agriculture is taking a toll on bats in the Western Ghats of India, one of the world's most biodiverse regions, but shade-grown coffee, remnant rainforest patches and riverine ... read more

Aug. 19, 2015 — Biologists have long believed that hummingbirds pick up floral nectar in the same way fluid rises in a capillary tube. However, researchers have now demonstrated that this long-held theory is wrong. ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Stronger winds forecast as a result of climate change could impact on populations of wild animals, by affecting how well they can feed, a study of seabirds ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Paleobotanists in Europe have identified a 125 million- to 130 million-year-old freshwater plant as one of earliest flowering plants on ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Researchers are developing models for predicting carbon levels in Central African forests based on measuring only 5% of all trees. In addition to being a lot more effective, their work is also ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — Even optimistic estimates for what might be achieved at December's Climate Change Conference in Paris will not be enough to save the world's coral reefs, according to ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Humans and animals are never alone. Everyone is host to over two thousand different species of microbes, of which most colonize our bodies only after we are born. One would assume that the ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Current efforts to reduce lionfish populations aren't enough - much more must be done, experts report. Their computer models combine ocean currents and biological traits of lionfish to predict ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — Feral animals and pest plants threaten many Australian species in the Lake Eyre Basin, the world's largest internally draining lake system in central Australia. A three-year study has ... read more

Bringing the Tasmanian Devil Back to Mainland Australia Would Restore Ecosystem Health

Aug. 11, 2015 — Australian researchers have conducted the first study assessing the ecological impact of returning Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia, as a way to replace culled dingoes as apex ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Shade may limit the presence of invasive plants along streams and rivers, based on a study conducted using stream condition data collected by means of the Natural Resources Conservation Service ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae has been documented by researchers in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon ... read more

Severe Droughts Could Lead to Widespread Losses of Butterflies by 2050

Aug. 10, 2015 — Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050 according to a new study. However, the authors conclude that substantial greenhouse gas emission ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — New analyses of vertebrate groups performed by an evolutionary biologist suggest that land animals proliferate more rapidly than their aquatic counterparts. The findings may help explain biodiversity ... read more

Scientists Move a Step Closer to Understanding Species Distributions in the Face of Climate Change

Aug. 7, 2015 — Scientists move a step closer to understanding species distributions in the face of climate ... read more

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