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Spiders: Survival of the Fittest Group

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Researchers have uncovered the first-ever field-based evidence for a biological mechanism called 'group selection' contributing to local adaptation in natural populations. Evolutionary theorists have been debating the existence and power of group selection for decades. Now two scientists have observed it in the wild -- as they report in the journal Nature.

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Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly Revealed

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Sequencing the genomes of monarch butterflies from around the world, scientists have made surprising insights into the insect’s genetics. They identified a single gene that appears central to migration – a behavior generally regarded as complex – and another that controls pigmentation, as well as shed light on the evolutionary origins of the monarch.

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Major Bust of Indonesia Manta Ray Dealer

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The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today the first-ever series of enforcement actions against a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia.

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Mountain Pine Beetles Get a Bad Rap for Wildfires, Study Says

New research led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources provides some of the first rigorous field data to test whether fires that burn in areas impacted by mountain pine beetles are more ecologically severe than in those not attacked by the native bug. In a study published this week, UW-Madison zoology professor Monica Turner and her graduate student, Brian Harvey, show pine beetle outbreaks contributed little to the severity of six wildfires in 2011.

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Water Research Tackles Growing Grassland Threat: Trees

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Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests.

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Fossil of Ancient Multicellular Life Sets Evolutionary Timeline Back 60 Million Years

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Virginia Tech geobiologist Shuhai Xiao and collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences shed new light on multicellular fossils from a time 60 million years before a vast growth spurt of life known as the Cambrian Explosion occurred on Earth.

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Flying Doctor Bees to Prevent Cherry Disease

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University of Adelaide researchers are introducing a method to use bees to deliver disease control to cherry blossom, preventing brown rot in cherries.

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Why Do Leaves Change Color in the Fall? (Video)

It’s the first day of autumn, and the telltale signs are here: crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? We’ll tell you all about the chemistry behind this seasonal spectacle in the latest Reactions episode.

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WCS President on Role of Zoos in Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristian Samper highlighted in the keynote speech at the AZA 2014 Annual Conference the vital role zoos and aquariums are playing in conservation.

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Entomologist Says Expect More Spiders Inside as Weather Turns Cooler

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A Kansas State University entomologist answers the most asked question this time of year and explains why you shouldn't be scared of the brown recluse.

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