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New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:08:00 EST

California Academy of Sciences team joins Malaysian colleagues to survey region’s rich biodiversity; data to support UNESCO nomination.(image)



Study Finds Variation Within Species is a Critical Aspect of Biodiversity

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:12:00 EST

Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences.(image)



Replicating Peregrine Falcon Attack Strategies Could Help Down Rogue Drones

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:02:00 EST

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.(image)



Study of Darwin's finches reveals that new species can develop in as little as two generations

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:31:00 EST

The arrival 36 years ago of a strange bird to a remote island in the Galápagos archipelago has provided direct genetic evidence of a novel way in which new species arise.On Nov. 23 in the journal Science, researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden report that the newcomer belonging to one species mated with a member of another species resident on the island, giving rise to a new species that today consists of roughly 30 individuals.(image)



When to fish: Timing matters for fish that migrate to reproduce

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:35:00 EST

It’s no secret that human activities affect fish, particularly those that must migrate to reproduce. Years of building dams and polluting rivers in some regions have left fish such as salmon struggling to return to their home streams and give birth to the next generation.(image)



Higher Plant Species Richness May Not Be Enough To Protect Ecosystems From The Worst Impacts Of Climate Extremes

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:24:00 EST

Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking. (image)



Where Corn Is King, the Stirrings of a Renaissance in Small Grains

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:11:00 EST

To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.(image)