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Birds maintain rare plant species, study finds

Outside of human influences, why do rare plant species persist instead of dwindling away to extinction? It's a question that has plagued ecologists for centuries. Now, for the first time, scientists at Penn State and Universidad ...

dateNov 03, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Study highlights a new threat to bees worldwide

A recent study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports highlights a newly identified virus—named Moku after the Hawaiian Island from which it was isolated—in the invasive wasp, Vespula pensylvanica. The research ...

dateNov 02, 2016 in Ecology
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Ten months in the air without landing

Common swifts are known for their impressive aerial abilities, capturing food and nest material while in flight. Now, by attaching data loggers to the birds, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology ...

dateOct 27, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Humanity decimating planetary wildlife

Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone—fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals—have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

dateOct 27, 2016 in Ecology
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