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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — The debate whether an asteroid impact or volcanic eruptions in India led to the mass extinction 66 million years ago is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as new dates for the eruptions show that the ... read more

Pan-European Species-Directories Infrastructure: Basis for Handling Big Taxonomic Data

Sep. 30, 2015 — Looked down on with scepticism by many taxonomists, handling big data efficiently is a challenge that can only be met with thorough and multi-layered efforts from scientists and technological ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Can owls and loggers get along? A recent study conducted in Primorye in the southern Russian Far East suggests it's not only possible, but essential for endangered Blakiston's fish owls to ... read more

Rare Early Jurassic Corals of North America

Sep. 29, 2015 — Mass extinction events punctuate the evolution of marine environments, and recovery biotas paved the way for major biotic changes. Understanding the responses of marine organisms in the ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have revealed how pigment can be detected in mammal fossils, a discovery that may end the guesswork in determining the colors of long extinct ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — The endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail, found only in one location alongside a Central New York waterfall, has achieved a step crucial to its recovery: captive breeding in a ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A 20-million-year-old flea, entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, provides what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer -- an ancient ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central ... read more

New Weapon Against the Reef Eaters

Sep. 22, 2015 — A breakthrough has been made in the war against a deadly enemy of the Great Barrier Reef. The Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) are breeding at epidemic levels and are one of the primary reasons for ... read more

Biodiversity and Carbon Co-Benefits to Improve Sustainable Palm Oil Production

Sep. 22, 2015 — Important new information has been revealed to help conserve biodiversity and facilitate more sustainable palm oil ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — The European mink is critically endangered throughout its range. Several reintroduction programs are in place to help assure the survival of the species. One of these is currently underway in ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — A new lineage of extinct plankton-feeding sharks, Pseudomegachasma, has been discovered by an international team of scientists. The sharks lived in warm oceans during the age of the dinosaurs nearly ... read more

Species Extinction Can Doom Parasites Important for Ecosystem Health

Sep. 21, 2015 — The effects of an animal population's extinction may echo beyond the original species, new research finds. Loss of a population could ultimately result in the extinction of parasites -- which ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — The Sumatran rhino -- one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet -- may have just received a lifeline. A new scientific publication applies an enhanced population survey technique to ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — Altered or new environmental conditions, such as those brought about by climate change, impose challenges on living organisms. This can drive species to extinction if they fail to adapt or adjust ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — A new report reveals an alarming decline in marine biodiversity over the last few decades. According to the report, populations of marine vertebrates have declined by 49% between 1970 and 2012, with ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Genetic diversity is essential for a species to be able to adapt to environmental change, and when a population is divided into small, isolated fragments, that can spell trouble. To determine whether ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — China has invested substantially in nature reserves to protect giant pandas in the wild. A new study finds that in addition to benefiting the charismatic pandas, the reserves also protect substantial ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers carried out an island-wide survey of the last wild population of Sumatran rhinoceros, and now recommend that wildlife conservation managers consolidate the small population, provide ... read more

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