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Crested Ibises and Little Egrets: Mixed-Species Flocks Are Beneficial

27 Mar

Crested ibises and little egrets: Mixed-species flocks benefit both birds.

The crested ibis is an endangered bird local to China, and was thought extinct until seven of them were discovered in 1981. Since then, they have made something of a comeback, but they still face many challenges. According to a recent study by researchers at the Beijing Forestry University, part of the way they deal […]

Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Potential Ebola Vaccine for Wild Apes Might Not Come to Be

22 Mar

Although an oral vaccine has been developed to treat Ebola in wild chimpanzees and other apes, it may be impossible to do any further research on it.

Unbeknownst to many, Ebola is running rampant among chimpanzees and gorillas. One third of the world’s gorilla population has been lost to Ebola over the last 30 years. Coupled with poaching and habitat loss, diseases like Ebola and anthrax pose a serious threat to the survival of these species, which is why the news of a […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]

Wild Bee Populations are Dropping, but Pollination Demand is Rising

6 Mar

Populations of wild bees are declining, but the demand for pollination is increasing.

Wild bees are responsible for pollinating a lot of crops in the United States, some of which rely on the bees, while others simply benefit from their actions. But a study from the University of Vermont has found a “worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand” around the country. They […]

Southeast Coast Shark Populations are Starting to Recover

3 Mar

After a decades-long decline, shark populations along the southeastern U.S. coast are starting to recover.

A new study from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that shark populations along the East Coast are starting to recover after a decades-long decline. According to the researchers, the gains are coming as a result of enactment of new fishing regulations in the early 1990s. Those regulations, designed to curb the fishing of […]

New Computer Model Predicts Location of Ocean Garbage Patches

24 Feb

ocean garbage patches

Garbage patches form in the world’s oceans when debris starts collecting in one area. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve known about for some time, but are only just starting to understand it. Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School have developed a computer model which can help to explain how debris gets pulled into […]

Drones Don’t Bother Whales, but What About Birds?

22 Feb

Research has shown that drones don't bother marine mammals, but the jury is still out on whether and how much they might harm other mammals.

Drones are increasingly common tools for scientists who study wildlife, allowing them to get to places that might otherwise be physically or financially impossible to reach. But drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) don’t always go unnoticed by animals, and there is growing concern that drone flights might be disrupting the animals they’re being used […]

The Cloud Is Pushing Data Centers Toward Energy Efficiency

17 Feb

The cloud is pushing data centers toward energy efficiency.

Cloud-based software services have transformed lives and business workflows all across the world. Although the impact on individuals is easily seen by the sheer number of people who use file sharing services and cloud-based software applications, the impacts on data centers and other businesses can be less obvious. But for those in the know, such […]

New Shrimp Species Discovered In Mariana Trench

15 Feb

The stylodactylid shrimp was recently captured live on video deep within the Mariana Trench.

The Mariana Trench is one of the deepest parts of the ocean. As such, it is extremely difficult to explore. However, researchers have taken on the challenge of enabling exploration through the use of remote-operated vehicles such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Discoverer. Some of their discoveries include a vast array […]