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December 2016 Health and Wellness Tips

Health and wellness tips about preventing blood shortages, cardiorespiratory fitness check-up, and avoid holiday heart syndrome.

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Insectivorous Long-Fingered Bats May Also Be Capable of Catching Fish, Should the Opportunity Arise

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Experience and learning may help bats improve their instinctive fishing technique

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Climate Change Is Already Causing Widespread Local Extinction in Plant and Animal Species

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Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research, publishing on December 8th in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studied.

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Zahavi’s handicap principle, Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, Evolution, Biology, ornamentation

Study Explains Evolution Phenomenon That Puzzled Darwin

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Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments -- think deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on beetles -- that can be a liability to survival? Northwestern University researchers have a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution.

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Templeton, Parus Major, Pacific University, Pacific University (Ore.), Songbird, Great Tits, Traffic, Noise Pollution, Vehicle

Songbirds Sound the Alarm About Traffic Noise

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A new study led by Pacific University biologist Chris Templeton demonstrates that the alarm calls of songbirds are dramatically impaired by road traffic noise. Research by Templeton and colleagues has shown that signals critical for the survival of animals are compromised when birds live near even moderately busy roads.

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Moths, Trees, Defoliation, Caterpillars, plant protection

Emergence of winter moths has URI scientist worried about another spring of defoliation

Winter moths are creating a nuisance and laying eggs that may lead to another spring of defoliated and dying trees.

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Ocean Acidification Study Offers Warnings for Marine Life, Habitats

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Acidification of the world’s oceans could drive a cascading loss of biodiversity in some marine habitats, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change.

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REI Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant for Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Supporting the intersection of children’s health and the outdoors, the REI Foundation is awarding a $200,000 grant to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for Nature and Health (CNH). CNH develops clinical programs, conducts original research, and seeks to address health inequities by promoting access to nature as part patients’ care and overall well-being.

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EPA, Lake Champlain, algae bloom, Computer Modeling, UVM, Vermont, Phosphorus

Study: Climate Change Could Outpace EPA Lake Protections

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New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood—and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms and water quality problems as the region gets hotter and wetter.

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Snakes, illegal trade, invasive animals, Biodiversity, Reptiles, Introduced Species

Snake Black Market Poses Risk to Humans and Wildlife

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The illegal reptile trade, including venomous snakes, could put wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found.







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