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Article ID: 710060

Ecosexuality expert available for Earth Day stories

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Sociologist Jennifer Reed — a UNLV instructor and Ph.D. candidate who has been studying ecosexuality for nearly a decade — is available for interviews about the movement, which merges ecology and sexology.

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21-Mar-2019 4:40 PM EDT

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Article ID: 709880

Nature hits rewind

McMaster University

The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. Instead, new research by McMaster behavioural scientists shows that in certain cases evolution works in the opposite direction, reversing individual improvements to benefit related members of the same group.

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19-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709750

Can an Antifreeze Protein Also Promote Ice Formation?

Weizmann Institute of Science

Antifreeze proteins occur in nature; in fact, that’s how life survives in cold environments. However, at extremely cold temperatures, the same proteins do the opposite and promote ice formation. Now, thanks to a device invented by the Weizmann Institute's Prof. Yinon Rudich, scientists have been able to study these proteins for the first time.

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18-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709423

Fighting leaf and mandible

University of Utah

What is the primary driver in tropical forest diversity–competition for resources, or herbivore pests? For the first time, biologists compared the two mechanisms in a single study, analyzing how neighboring trees influence the growth and survival of species of the tree genus Inga in the Panama rainforest.

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11-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709619

Why Fly the Coop? With Shortage of Mates, Some Birds Choose to Help Others Raise Offspring

Florida State University

After a five-year experiment, researchers from Florida State University and the Tallahassee-based Tall Timbers Research Station found that when fewer mates were available for brown-headed nuthatches, these small pine-forest birds opted to stay home and help their parents or other adults raise their offspring.

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14-Mar-2019 9:40 AM EDT
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Article ID: 709110

Mapping the Effects of Guns, Snares and Bulldozers on Biodiversity

PLOS

New research publishing March 12 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology reveals that human threats – like hunting and land clearing – are extensive across thousands of species’ habitats, severely limiting the area they can survive in.

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5-Mar-2019 10:40 AM EST
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Article ID: 709400

New Study Shows Global Map of Wildlife “Cool-Spots” Where Wildlife Thrives, and “Hot-Spots” Where Species are Imperiled

Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study maps the last vestiges of wild places where the world’s threatened species can take refuge from the ravages of unregulated hunting, land clearing, and other industrial activities.

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11-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 709311

Nature’s Own Biorefinery

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows how the long-horned passalid beetle has a hardy digestive tract with microbes to thank for turning its woody diet into energy, food for its young, and nutrients for forest growth. These insights into how the beetle and its distinct microbiome have co-evolved provide a roadmap for the production of affordable, nature-derived fuels and bioproducts.

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7-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EST

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