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Nov. 30, 2015 — Fruit flies studies on mating compatibility have been examined to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in sexual behavior research within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — In bats, Toll-like receptors, the first-line defense mechanism against invading pathogens, are different from other mammals. This suggests that the way bats recognize certain pathogens may be ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, a new study has ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new Lower Paleolithic elephant butchering site has been discovered in Megalopolis, Greece. The site has yielded stratified stone artifacts in association with a nearly complete skeleton of Elephas ... read more

Lidar Scanning Can Help Identify Structurally Heterogeneous Forest Areas

Nov. 25, 2015 — The inequality of tree sizes in a forest is an important factor affecting its structure and ecology. Forest management practices favoring natural regeneration can result in greater heterogeneity and ... read more

Angler Education Can Benefit Sharks

Nov. 25, 2015 — Fisher education can help protect vulnerable shark populations, a new study has found. The research showed that recreational anglers were more supportive of shark management and conservation if they ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — To limit climate change, experts say that we need to reach carbon neutrality by the end of this century at the latest. To achieve that goal, our dependence on fossil fuels must be reversed. But what ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in Earth's early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — The Persian dwarf snake is wrongly classified as one species, scientists say. New research shows it is composed of six different species, a finding which might be important for the conservation of ... read more

Bivalve Family Tree Offers Evolutionary Clues

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have compiled the most complete look to date of the evolutionary family tree of cardiid bivalves. Bivavles include clams, oysters, cockles, mussels, scallops and numerous other organisms ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests in coming decades, a study suggests. Over a 13-year period, researchers carried out fieldwork to assess the impact of drought on ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Management of the world’s marine habitats needs to look beyond only Marine Protected Areas and put achieving ecosystem resilience at the top of the agenda, according to new ... read more

Bird Poaching Continues to Result in Victims

Nov. 23, 2015 — Illegal hunting continues to be a challenge for biodiversity conservation in addition to posing a serious threat to some migratory species. The province of Gipuzkoa in northern Spain, a transit area ... read more

Beavers Restore Dead Wood in Boreal Forests

Nov. 23, 2015 — Beavers create significant amounts of dead wood into the lowland shore forests of boreal wetlands, research shows. Particularly snags and deciduous dead wood are formed through the beavers' ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Harvesting wood pellets in the US and exporting them to the EU was more environmentally friendly than burning coal in the EU to generate ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Deleting the genes for sugar-adding enzymes from the flowering mustard plant Arabidopsis and the moss Physcomitrella resulted in similar defects in both species, which are widely separated in ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Scientists report that more than half the tree species in the Amazonian rainforest may be globally threatened. However, the study also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves, and indigenous ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North. This is indicated by data from long-term observations in the ... read more

To Feed or Not to Feed: Researchers Engage Citizen Scientists in Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

Nov. 19, 2015 — Getting in touch with nature in an urbanized world can be as simple as putting a bird feeder in your backyard. However, what are the potential consequences of this act? Bird-window collisions are one ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or ... read more

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