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November 25, 2015

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November 25, 2015

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

Flowers That Point to the Sky May Attract More Moth Pollinators

Nov. 16, 2015 — Plants that have flowers that point towards the sky may be better at attracting moth pollinators than plants that have 'shy' flowers that point ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Whether you’re territorial, a girlfriend stealer, or a cross dresser, when it comes to finding a partner, scientists have discovered that for some birds it’s all in the ... read more

Bird Decline Shows That Climate Change Is More Than Just Hot Air

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than ... read more

Parasitic Fungi and the Battle Against Coffee Rust Disease

Nov. 13, 2015 — Coffee rust has ravaged Latin American plantations for several years, leading to reductions in annual coffee production of up to 30 percent in some countries and threatening the livelihoods of ... read more

Invasive Freshwater Species in Europe’s Lakes and Rivers: How Do They Come In?

Nov. 13, 2015 — A new article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European ... read more

Long-Snouted Amazonian Catfishes Including Three New Species to Form a New Genus

Nov. 12, 2015 — Being close relatives within the same genus, eight catfishes showed enough external differences, such as characteristic elongated mouths, hinting to their separate origin. Following a thorough ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — The sensitivity of marine communities to ocean warming rather than rising ocean temperatures will have strong short-term impacts on biodiversity changes associated with global warming, according to ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Cacao trees evolved around 10 million years ago, earlier than previously believed, new research shows. Considerable genetic variation might remain to be discovered among wild cacao populations, which ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Spreading its wings over the sandhills and scrub of peninsular Florida, a moth species with immaculately white wings has remained unnoticed by science until a scientist set it apart from a very ... read more

Black Mouse-Eared Bat Goes Green: First Case of a Fruit-Eating Bat in the Largest Genus

Nov. 10, 2015 — Out of more than 110 allegedly well-studied mouse-eared bat species, there is one that has been keeping its diet a mystery. Belonging to the largest group of bats, known to be feeding on insects ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Accustomed to parasitising the eggs of spiders, a worldwide genus of wasps is represented by as few as 24 known representatives from India. Biologists have discovered five new species of them. ... read more

Lakes Resist the Introduction of New Fish

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new method of establishing how freshwater fish can defend themselves against an invasion of a new fish species. The method takes into account that resident species in a ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — Millennia ago, glaciers scraped all life from a large island in the United States. Subsequently, life has returned to the island. Which species returned and how they got there are questions two ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — Ocean acidification may well be helping invasive species of algae, jellyfish, crabs and shellfish to move to new areas of the planet with damaging consequences, according to the findings of a new ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — The first animals to have complex skeletons existed about 550 million years ago, fossils of a tiny marine creature unearthed in Namibia suggest. The find is the first to suggest the earliest complex ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — When it comes to spreading viruses, bats are thought to be among the worst. Now a new study of nearly 900 nonhuman primates in Bangladesh and Cambodia shows that macaques harbor more diverse ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — The vital ecosystem of bacteria in the human gut operates like a jungle, with competition between microbes helping maintain the stability necessary to keep us ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — A new species of whirligig beetle is the first to be described in the United States since 1991. Whirligig beetles belong to the family Gyrinidae and are well known for their whirling swimming ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Several new species of amphibians and a reptile that lived in what's now Brazil from 278 million years ago have just been discovered and described by a team of scientists from around the world, ... read more

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