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Termites: Asexual Succession Strategy

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A study led by the Laboratory Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the Université libre de Bruxelles published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that the humivorous French Guianan termite Cavitermes tuberosus routinely practice asexual queen succession (parthenogenesis).

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Kodiak Bears Track Salmon Runs in Alaska

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A University of Montana graduate student's research on Alaskan brown bears and red salmon is the May cover story of the high-profile journal Ecology.

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Evolution Painted Onto Butterfly Wings

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Using a reverse paint-by-numbers approach, scientists have located another gene that controls the brilliant patterning of Heliconius butterfly wings. Led by former Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) fellow Nicole Nadeau, the researchers identified variations in the gene that correspond to wing color and pattern variation in three different Heliconius species.

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Mother Nature and the Spiritual Side: Can Lovely Weather and Scenery Make a Difference?

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June is national Great Outdoors Month, and that may have religious implications as people spend more time outside — in particular if they live in or visit an area with beautiful weather and scenery. U.S. counties with more pleasant weather and such attractions as mountains and waterfronts also have lower rates of affiliation with religious organizations, according to a Baylor University study.

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Ecologists Advise an Increase in Prescribed Grassland Burning to Maintain Ecosystem, Livelihood

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At least 50 percent of the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills is burned every three to four years or less frequently and is susceptible to becoming shrubland if fire frequencies are not increased.

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Remains of Bizarre Group of Extinct Snail-Eating Australian Marsupials Discovered

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Fossil remains of a previously unknown family of carnivorous Australian marsupials that lived 15 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in north-western Queensland by a UNSW Australia-led team of researchers.

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Climate Change, Climate Model, Wasatch, UTAH, Precipitation, SKI, Water Resources

Spring Snow a No-Go?

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Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study.

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Is Aging Inevitable? Not Necessarily for Sea Urchins

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Study shows that sea urchins defy aging, regardless of lifespan.

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New Research Confirms Continued, Unabated and Large-Scale Amphibian Declines

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New U.S. Geological Survey-led research suggests that even though amphibians are severely declining worldwide, there is no smoking gun - and thus no simple solution - to halting or reversing these declines.

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Call to Minimise Drone Impact on Wildlife

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University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a ‘code of best practice’ in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.

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Squids on the Rise as Oceans Change

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Unlike the declining populations of many fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world’s oceans over the past 60 years, a University of Adelaide study has found.

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ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2016

A hominin in the same genus as humans and an ape nicknamed “Laia” are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Top 10 New Species for 2016. Also on the list are a giant Galapagos tortoise, a seadragon, an anglerfish, three invertebrates, a carnivorous sundew and a small tree.

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Man-Eating Monster Crocodile May Be Florida’s Newest Invasive Species

Spotting native alligators and crocodiles in Florida is common, but anyone who sees a large reptile may want to take a second look -- man-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found in the Sunshine State.

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Plant Cell Wall Development Revealed in Space and Time for the First Time

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Scientists have mapped changes in composition of plant cell walls over space and time, providing new insights into the development and growth of all plants.

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University Of Louisville, City of Louisville, Kentucky, university-school partnerships, Air Pollution, Sustainability, Environment, Greening, Green Belt

University Turns School Into ‘Urban Laboratory’ to Combat Pollution

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A school has joined a landmark health research project at the University of Louisville designed to use nature to tackle the health impact of busy city streets

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How Do Trees Go to Sleep?

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Scientists from Austria, Finland and Hungary are using laser scanners to study the day-night rhythm of trees. As it turns out, trees go to sleep too.

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Wildlife, Photography, Citizen Science, Ecology, Wisconsin

Snapshot Wisconsin: Trail Cams to Document State’s Wildlife

With the help of between 4,000 and 5,000 strategically deployed trail cameras, a suite of remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment. May 17 marks the official start of Snapshot Wisconsin, an unprecedented effort to capture in space and time the deer, bears, elk, coyotes, bobcats, badgers and any other wild animal that lumbers, hops, lopes or slithers across the Badger state.

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Maize Genome ‘Dark Matter’ Discovery a Boon for Breeders

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In a landmark finding, Cornell University and Florida State University researchers report they have identified 1 to 2 percent of the maize genome that turns genes on and off, so they may now focus their attention on these areas for more efficient plant breeding.

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Protecting Sea Turtles, Juvenile Sea Stars, Wildfires to Increase in Alaska, and more in the Environment News Source

Protecting Sea Turtles, Juvenile Sea Stars, Wildfires to Increase in Alaska, and more in the Environment News Source







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