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Blue-Footed Boobies’ Survival Threatened

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Blue-footed boobies are on the decline in the Galápagos because of a low sardine diet.

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More, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western U.S.

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Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.

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Hunting Our History

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Fossil dinosaurs, animals and plants being found in southern Utah that are distinct from those found farther north in rocks of the same age are telling a new story about the end of the age of dinosaurs in Utah. That is the topic for “Dino Hunters” – a feature article in the current issue of National Geographic Magazine.

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Gut Capacity Limits Wildlife’s Ability to Adapt to Rapid Climate Change

A URI ornithologist has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate. And he believes that most other animals are also limited in a similar way.

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'Condor Watch' Enlists Citizen Scientists to Help an Endangered Species

Biologists studying the endangered California condor have launched a new web site to enlist the help of citizen scientists in research aimed at reducing lead poisoning, the primary threat to condors in the wild.

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Dead Wood Alive with Management Information in Old-Growth Iranian Forest

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Dead wood, such as old stumps and logs, is often overlooked when examining forest’s vitality; however, new research from old-growth forests in Iran point out the importance of this often-overlooked forest feature.

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New Way to Make Biodiesel Creates Less Waste From Alligator, and Likely Other Animal Fats

Animal fat from chicken, pork, beef and even alligators could give an economical, ecofriendly boost to the biofuel industry, according to researchers who reported a new method for biofuel production here today. The report, following up on their earlier study on the potential use of gator fat as a source of biodiesel fuel, was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Shale Could Be Long-Term Home for Problematic Nuclear Waste

Shale, the source of the United States’ current natural gas boom, could help solve another energy problem: what to do with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The unique properties of the sedimentary rock and related clay-rich rocks make it ideal for storing the potentially dangerous spent fuel for millennia, according to a geologist studying possible storage sites. He presented his research today at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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More to Biological Diversity Than Meets the Eye

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A University of Iowa researcher and colleague found greater diversity among insects in a rainforest in Peru than theory would predict.

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Preserving Large Carnivores in the Ecosystem Requires Multifaceted Approach

Social species, such as the African wild dog, require strict participation from group members to be successful. This strategy can enhance fitness benefits for the group, but also a higher critical threshold for extinction. Awareness of life history needs to guide management strategy.

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