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Endangered Corals Get Their Own Sperm Bank

December 8, 2013
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Faced with an alarming loss of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists in Queensland are building a coral sperm bank to protect as many species as possible against extinction. A 2012 study estimates the reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985, and the researchers fear that if the trend is not reversed, the sperm bank may be the Reef's last hope. Sharon Reich reports.

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Fish 'N Fashion Stars of Red Sea Photo Contest

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Reuters (Oct. 29, 2013) — Dozens of underwater photographers film fish, corals and fashion models in the Eilat Red Sea competition. Sharon Reich reports.
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Animal Sperm Bank Could Help Populate Other Planets

Animal Sperm Bank Could Help Populate Other Planets

Buzz60 (Aug. 30, 2013) — Japanese scientists say they've developed a technique to freeze animal sperm so they can unfreeze it years later. It could be a way to help bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction, or possibly even populate a new planet with animals. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) reports.
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Queen's Favorite Dog Breed Almost Endangered

Queen's Favorite Dog Breed Almost Endangered

AP (Dec. 23, 2013) — Britain's Kennel Club says that the Queen's favorite breed of dog is at risk of becoming endangered. A breed is considered endangered when it has fewer than 300 puppy registrations annually and this year the Pembroke Welsh Corgi had 301. (Dec. 23)
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Ecologists Using Drones in Fight Against Illegal Loggers

Ecologists Using Drones in Fight Against Illegal Loggers

Reuters (May 21, 2012) — A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film.
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