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Thirty Years Of Unique Data Reveal What’s Really Killing Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are considered one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet and are dying at alarming rates around the world. Scientists attribute coral bleaching and ultimately massive coral death to a number of environmental stressors, in particular, warming water temperatures due to climate change. A study published in the international journal Marine Biology, […]

Why Are So Many Farmed Salmon Partially Deaf?

Researchers have found out the reason that so many farm-raised salmon are partially deaf, pointing to a deformity in their ears caused by accelerated growth in aquaculture. The findings raise significant welfare issues and may also explain the poor survival of farmed hatchlings in conservation programs. University of Melbourne scientists looked at salmon farmed in […]

Ability To Rewrite Their Own RNA May Be Behind Octopus Intelligence

Octopuses are alien life among us. They are able to use tools, have three hearts, their arms contain 2/3 of the neurons in an octopuses body and almost have minds of their own, their blood is based on copper rather than iron, and is blue, and are thought to be the most intelligent invertebrates and […]

Temperate Broadleaf Forests More Susceptible To Heat Stress

Temperate broadleaf forests, such as the stands of red oak common in New England, absorb more carbon than expected along their edges, but are more susceptible to heat stress. Over centuries, as humans have cleared fields for farms, built roads and highways, and expanded cities, we’ve been cutting down trees. Since 1850, we’ve reduced global […]

90% Of Illegal Ivory Comes From Recently Killed Elephants

Over 90 percent of ivory in large, seized shipments is from elephants that died less than three years before, research shows. Scientists arrived at the conclusion by mixing a new approach to radiocarbon dating for ivory samples with genetic analysis tools that gave conservationists a picture of when and where poachers are killing elephants. Lesley […]