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Secondary Tropical Forests Absorb Carbon at Higher Rate Than Old-Growth Forests

Researchers find that regenerated tropical forests exhibit a high level of resilience and play a much larger role in sequestering carbon than previously thought.

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Motorboat Noise Makes Reef Fish Vulnerable to Predators

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Noise from motorboat traffic makes some fish more than two and a half times more likely to be eaten by predators, according to an international team of researchers including biologists from the University of Saskatchewan.

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UF/IFAS Encourages Floridians to Take Up Beekeeping, Hosting Annual Bee College March 4-5

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Florida hives are on the rise. According to statistics with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of Feb. 1, Florida has 3,957 registered beekeepers and more than 500,000 hives. That is a substantial increase from 10 years ago, when Florida reached an all-time low of only about 150,000 hives and just 650 registered beekeepers.

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Discovery: Many White-Tailed Deer Have Malaria

By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It’s the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.

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New Tarantula Named After Johnny Cash Among 14 Spider Species Found in the United States

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A new species of tarantula named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash is one of fourteen new spiders discovered in the southwestern United States. While these charismatic spiders have captured the attention of people around the world, and have been made famous by Hollywood, little was actually known about them.

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Motorboat Noise Gives Predators a Deadly Advantage

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The rate that fish are captured by predators can double when boats are motoring nearby, according to pioneering work led by a University of Exeter marine biologist.

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Man-Made Underwater Sound May Have Wider Ecosystem Effects Than Previously Thought

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Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research from the University of Southampton.

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Radar Reveals the Hidden Secrets of Wombat Warrens

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For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Adelaide have been able to non-invasively study the inner workings of wombat warrens, with a little help from ground-penetrating radar.

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Can Animals Thrive Without Oxygen?

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In 2010, a research team garnered attention when it published evidence of finding the first animals living in permanently anoxic conditions at the bottom of the sea. But a new study, led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), raises doubts.

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Bachelor’s Paradise: FSU Researcher Finds Female Turtles Outnumbering Males

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Rising global temperatures may skew gender imbalance among the marine turtle population, according to new Florida State University research.

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Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading University of Adelaide pathologist.

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Breakfast of Champions: Humans Played a Role in Extinction of Giant Australian Bird

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The menu for the earliest inhabitants of the Australian Outback some 50,000 years ago may have included some very big omelets.

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Gray Treefrogs Provide Clues to Climate Change

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Females’ interpretation of mating calls may not be affected by climate change, could help provide clues to ecosystem management

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Charisma Counts: Focus on Great Apes Creates Glaring Research Gaps in Tropical Africa and Asia

Large national parks that are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes are focal points for much of the field research conducted in tropical Africa and Asia, resulting in crucial knowledge gaps and a biased view of broader conservation needs in those regions

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Ship Noise Extends to Frequencies Used by Endangered Killer Whales

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When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies.

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Study: Shark with Lowest-Known Metabolism Is a Sluggish Success

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Laziness can help you succeed… if you’re a nurse shark. A new research paper from Mote Marine Laboratory reveals that nurse sharks have the lowest metabolic rate measured in any shark — new evidence of the sluggish lifestyle that has helped the species survive for millennia.

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Larger (Relative) Brains = Higher IQ

Why do humans and dolphins evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies while blue whales and hippos have brains that are relatively puny? While there has been much speculation regarding brain size and intelligence, a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms that species with brains that are large relative to their body are more intelligent.

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The Sound of Endangered Salmon Surviving

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With California in the fourth year of a historic drought, there is much controversy over how to supply cities, farms, and ecosystems with the water they need. Technology may help solve the puzzle.

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Greg Florant, @ColoradoStateU Groundhog Guy, Reporting for Duty

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Location, Location Location: Bat Survival Depends on It

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Bat body type, and the environmental conditions bats use in their hibernation sites, may explain species differences in bat mortality from white-nose syndrome, according to a Colorado State University-led study.