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Conservation Biology, Tropical Forest Reforestation, forest fragments, Birds, Habitat Fragmentation

Targeted Forest Regeneration: A Blueprint for Conserving Tropical Biological Diversity?

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A new University of Utah-led study shows that targeted forest regeneration among the largest and closest forest fragments in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil can dramatically reduce extinction rates of bird species over time.

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Johns Hopkins Materials Scientists Probe a Protein’s Role in Speeding Ebola’s Spread

Scientists have pinpointed how a tiny protein seems to make the deadly Ebola virus particularly contagious.

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Once Invincible Superbug Squashed by ‘Superteam’ of Antibiotics

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University at Buffalo researchers have assembled a team of three antibiotics that, together, are capable of eradicating E. coli carrying mcr-1 and ndm-5 — genes that make the bacterium immune to last-resort antibiotics.

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Biofuels From Bacteria

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Can a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels? Laboratory results indicate that they can. Sandia National Laboratories is helping Bay Area-based HelioBioSys understand whether these cyanobacteria can be grown large scale.

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New Flying Squirrel Species Discovered Along North America’s Pacific Coast

Scientists always assumed it was a northern flying squirrel gliding through the canopies of Pacific coastal forests.

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Comprehensive Genomic Analysis Offers Insights into Causes of Wilms Tumor Development

Mutations involving a large number of genes converge on two pathways during early kidney development that lead to Wilms tumor

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University of Vienna, holodeck, Virtual Reality, Biology, Brain Function, Virtual Worlds, experimental designs, Behavior experiments, lab animals, natural conditions, University of Freiburg, Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), MPI for Ornithology in Konstanz, FreemoVR, Nature Methods, Kristin Tessmar-Raible

When Fish Swim in the Holodeck

Behavior experiments are useful tools to study brain function. Standard experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals such as fish, flies or mice however only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and brain function is thus limited. Virtual Reality (VR) helps in generating a more natural experimental environment but requires immobilization of the animal, disrupting sensorimotor experience and causing altered neuronal and behavioral responses. Researchers at the University of Freiburg, and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, in collaboration with groups at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and the MPI for Ornithology in Konstanz, have now developed a VR system for freely moving animals – FreemoVR – to overcome most of these limitations. Their findings are now published in Nature Methods.

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Scientists Create ‘Diamond Rain’ That Forms in the Interior of Icy Giant Planets

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In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists were able to observe “diamond rain” for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior.

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loon conservation, Translocation, LOON, Common Loon, Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Biodiversity Research Institute

BRI Announces Findings of Common Loon Translocation Study

Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has confirmed today that the translocation of loon chicks from Maine to Massachusetts has resulted in at least one loon returning to its release lake. In its fifth year of a five-year initiative funded by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Restore the Call is the largest Common Loon conservation study ever conducted. Research efforts have focused in three key U.S. breeding population areas from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.







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