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Citizen Science Project Abuzz Over Bees, Wasps

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More than 600 people around the world helped UF/IFAS scientists by collecting valid data from nesting habitats they built for bees and wasps. Scientists hail this as another victory for "citizen science."

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Texas Tech Biologist Leads Group That Mapped Crocodilian Genomes

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Understanding these reptiles’ genome can help scientists better understand birds.

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WCS Documents a Major Comeback for Sea Turtles

A WCS team in Nicaragua reported today a dramatic increase in nesting of critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles including the highest nest counts since a conservation project began there in 2000.

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Breakthrough Solves Centuries-Old Animal Evolution Mystery

Researchers have developed a method for spying on the activity of every gene within a cell at once. The breakthrough allows them to determine the order in which the three layers of cells in animal embryos evolved. Other applications include cancer research.

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Consider the Invader: Minor Differences May Have Major Impact

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Despite many similarities between Dreissena species, quagga mussels infested native unionids less severely than zebra mussels. The study suggests that minor differences between closely related invasive species can have major differences in environmental impacts on the native communities.

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Two-Headed Salamander Tadpole Discovered in the Community Ecology Lab of the University of Haifa

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In the Community Ecology Lab, headed by Prof. Leon Blaustein, researchers have found a salamander tadpole which has two heads. Researchers at the lab, Dr Ori Segev and Antonina Plavikov, noted that while they had observed an incidence of deformity, especially among the limbs of salamanders, in the past such cases of two heads were more rare. The reason for this deformity is unknown, but the chief theories are pollution of water sources, changes in radiation and the influence of a small population.

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'Family' Matters When Predicting Ecosystems' Reaction to Global Change

A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study shows that just as our family histories dictate what we look like and how we act, plant evolutionary history shapes community responses to interacting agents of global change.

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South Sudan War Threatens Existence of Elephants, Giraffes, and Other Wildlife

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News and images from South Sudan where WCS continues conservation work under extremely challenging conditions.

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Electric Eels Deliver Taser-Like Shocks

A Vanderbilt biologist has determined that electric eels possess an electroshock system uncannily similar to a Taser.

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Arabian Sea Humpback Whales Isolated for 70,000 Years

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Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Environment Society of Oman, and other organizations have made a fascinating discovery in the northern Indian Ocean: humpback whales inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales in the world and may be the most isolated whale population on earth. The results suggest they have remained separate from other humpback whale populations for perhaps 70,000 years, extremely unusual in a species famed for long distance migrations.

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