Ecology

The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged regrowth of a Costa Rican forest

Sixteen years after a controversial biodegradation plan allowed 1,000 truckloads of orange peels to be unloaded onto a barren, deforested area of …

Life Sciences

Found: A Fluffy Monkey Scientists Last Observed in the 1930s

A team on a houseboat found the Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in a Brazilian forest.<p>The Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki was last observed in the wild by …

Animal Behavior

Can we save our lakes from global warming?

Lakes have been heating up around the world. Protecting streams, reducing pollution and creating sanctuaries for sensitive species could go a long …

Climate Change

Zooculus rift — lab animals get their own virtual reality system

Why it matters to you<p>This lab animal VR platform allows scientists to study animal behavior in more controlled and dynamic environments.<p>Lab animals …

Animal Behavior

Can Wildlife Corridors Heal Fragmented Landscapes?

The rugged Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana are an island of wild country with a population of fewer than 30 grizzly bears, their existence …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural assets critical to health of Indian cities, author says

Harini Nagendra, a professor at India's Azim Premji University, says that lakes, trees, and other natural resources are vital to maintaining health …

Life Sciences

Photo Competition Highlights Splendor of Earth’s Ecosystems

A lone, tiny ant stands guard over a bright green leaf. A sleepy sea lion rests its head on the sandy coast of a Galapagos island. Two icy towers jut …

Photography

Maryland’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps Begins Another Year

<b>BALTIMORE (WJZ) —</b> Much of Maryland’s beauty is more fragile than it looks. The delicate balance between land and water takes work to preserve, and in …

Life Sciences

Researchers discover how fish recognise toxic prey

Predator animals have long been known to avoid devouring brightly coloured and patterned prey, and now an international study has revealed more about …

Biology

Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to …

Life Sciences

New biological identity of inhaled nanoparticles revealed

Nano-enabled consumer products surround people every day, from personal care, cosmetics, clothing and electronics, to food and beverage.<p>The …

ExxonMobil 'double speak' on climate laid bare

"Using social science methods, we found a gaping, systematic discrepancy between what Exxon said about climate change in private and academic …

Climate

Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago

Excavations of architecture and associated deposits left by hunter-gatherers in the Black Desert in eastern Jordan have revealed bones from wild …

Life Sciences

Help Name This Rare White Baby Koala

The youngster was born in January, but just emerged from her mother’s pouch for the first time.<p>At Queensland’s Australia Zoo, “joey season” is always …

Animal Behavior

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. …

Life Sciences

Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds

In the 1980s, an ecologist named Thomas Lovejoy conducted an unusual experiment in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. As loggers moved in with chain saws to clear trees for cattle pasture north of Manaus, he asked them to leave untouched several small “islands” of forest to see how the animals within …

Life Sciences

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

Chile on Monday rejected plans for a $2.5 billion iron-mining project in order to protect thousands of endangered penguins.<p>Local firm Andes Iron …

Life Sciences

Taxonomic bias in biodiversity data and societal preferences

Article |<p>Open<p>Julien Troudet,<br>• Philippe Grandcolas,<br>• Amandine Blin,<br>• Régine Vignes-Lebbe &<br>• Frédéric Legendre ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5900-8048<p><i>Scientific</i> …

Data Science

Newest solar cells underperform in cloudy countries

To determine how efficient new solar cells convert sunlight into electricity, small sample cells are tested under ideal conditions. However, the …

Clean Energy

NAFTA chapter on Indigenous rights crucial, AFN national chief says

Perry Bellegarde says Canada can be viewed as a strong leader through its full inclusion of Indigenous peoples in trade talks<p>OTTAWA – The push for an …

Canada

Photo Essay: Bauxite Mining a Curse for Adivasis in Odisha’s Baphlimali

Mining in Baphilmali has caused destruction to the climate and environment, and has wrecked the lifestyle of thousands of adivasis.<p>Over the last 20 …

Environment

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients - potentially changing how carbon is stored in …

Biology

Tony Tooke Is New Forest Service Chief

Posted by Jeff on Aug 22, 2017 @ 11:57 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last modified: August 21, 2017<p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue …

Backpacking

What's the annual value of trees? $500 million per megacity, study says

In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year …

Life Sciences

Scientists find soil bacteria require two-layer security, just like digital world

Those people at Google think they're sooooo smart. So, too, the Apple and Microsoft wunderkinds.<p>Their software (and many others) use two-factor …

Biology

'Coffee-ring effect' harnessed to provide rapid, low-cost analysis of tap water

"What's in your water?" has become an increasingly fraught question for many people in the U.S. and around the world. Getting the answer isn't always …

Tap Water

Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry

The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of …

Life Sciences

Evolutionary arms 'chase'

In nature, plants engage in a never-ending battle to avoid being eaten. Unable to run away, plant species have evolved defenses to deter herbivores; …

Life Sciences

Where's the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a …

Oceans

Captive lemurs get a genetic health checkup

Careful matchmaking can restore genetic diversity for endangered lemurs in captivity, researchers report.<p>Ring-tailed lemurs born at the Duke Lemur …

Life Sciences