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Element of the week: dubnium

This week, we meet the element, dubnium, which has the atomic symbol, <b>Db</b> and the atomic number, <b>105</b>. It was named in honour of where it was first synthesised, Dubna, which lies north of Moscow in the former Soviet Union. Although it was first synthesised in the 1967, it wasn't formally named until …

Singing mice protect their turf with high-pitched tunes

“Most people are puzzled by the existence of singing mice, but in reality many rodents produce complex vocalizations, including mice, rats and even …

How ‘greening’ disease could wipe out US citrus

Scientists have figured out how a devastating disease affects citrus trees before they even begin to show signs of infection.<p>Huonglongbing, or citrus …

Forestry

How Does Listening To Nature Teach Us About Changing Habitats?

<i>Part 3 in the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> "Everything Is Connected."<p><b>About Bernie Krause's TEDTalk</b><p>Bernie Krause has been recording the wild — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds — for 45 years. He has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be …

Why Are Bees Disappearing?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> "Everything Is Connected."<p><b>About Marla Spivak's TEDTalk</b><p>Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years. So why have certain colonies started dying in droves in recent decades? Researcher Marla Spivak reveals four reasons with tragic consequences.<p><b>About Marla …

Can 'Rewilding' Restore Vanishing Ecosystems?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> "Everything Is Connected."<p><b>About George Monbiot's TEDTalk</b><p>Wolves were native to the Yellowstone National Park until hunting wiped them out. In 1995, when the wolves began to come back, something interesting happened: The rest of the park began to find a new, more …

Mars Curiosity rover finds water in scoop of soil sample

The first scoop of soil analyzed in the belly of the Curiosity rover on Mars reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several …

Global Partnership Formed to Save Elephants in Key Protected Areas

Leading conservation organizations joined six African countries today in a commitment to protect wild elephants in their last strongholds, reduce wildlife trafficking, and dampen consumer demand for ivory. The commitment is supported with a U.S.$80-million action plan to strengthen security for …