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August 2, 2020

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Whale Airway Mucus Reveals Likely Poor Health During Migration

Researchers have linked the burden of humpback whales' annual migration to depleted microbial diversity in their airways - an indicator of overall ...

New Native Hawaiian Land Snail Species Discovered, First in 60 Years

Auriculella gagneorum, a small candy-striped snail from Oahu's Waianae Mountains, represents the first new species of a living Hawaiian land snail described in 60 ...

Coral Reefs Show Resilience to Rising Temperatures

Rising ocean temperatures have devastated coral reefs all over the world, but a recent study has found that reefs in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region may prove to be an ...
A massive global study of the world's reefs has found sharks are 'functionally extinct' on nearly one in five of the ...
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Glacial Stream Insect May Tolerate Warmer Waters

An endangered aquatic insect that lives in icy streams fed by glaciers might not mind if the water grows warmer due to climate. A new study found that mountain stoneflies can tolerate warmer water ...

Uplifting of Columbia River Basalts Opens Window on How Region Was Sculpted

Information drawn from analyses of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes of materials from exposed Columbia River basalts has provided insights about how magma from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago ...

Genetics Could Help Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

The research provides more evidence that genetic-sequencing can reveal evolutionary differences in reef-building corals that one day could help scientists identify which strains could adapt to warmer ...

Fish Reef Domes a Boon for Environment, Recreational Fishing

Humanmade reefs can be used in conjunction with the restoration or protection of natural habitat to increase fish abundance in estuaries, researchers have ...

Revealing Winners and Losers in Projected Future Climates

Evolutionary biologists have shown that resilience or vulnerability to future climates is influenced by the thermal conditions of the climatic regions where species ...

Evolution After Chicxulub Asteroid Impact: Rapid Response of Life to End-Cretaceous Mass

The impact event that formed the Chicxulub crater (Yucatán Peninsula, México) caused the extinction of 75% of species on Earth 66 million years ago, including non-avian dinosaurs. One place that ...

Study Reveals Scale of Habitat Loss for Endangered Birds

A new study warns that the last remaining habitat for several endangered bird species in Europe could reduce by up to 50 per cent in the next century as farmers convert land to more profitable crops ...

Sea Surface Temperature Has a Big Impact on Coral Outplant Survival

A new study has shown that coral outplant survival is likely to drop below 50% if sea surface temperatures exceed 30.5 degrees Celsius and that survival rates can also be predicted by considering ...

Two Climate Patterns Predict Coral Bleaching Months Earlier

A new study may help researchers predict coral bleaching months earlier than current tools, and, for the first time, may help predict invasion events of coral-eating crown-of-thorns ...

Making a List of All Creatures, Great and Small

A new article outlines a roadmap for creating, for the first time, an agreed list of all the world's species, from mammals and birds to plants, fungi and ...

Plant Study Challenges Tropics' Reputation as Site of Modern Evolutionary Innovation

In a surprise twist, a major group of flowering plants is evolving twice as quickly in temperate zones as the ...

Coconut Confusion Reveals Consumer Conundrum

Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers ...

Palm Trees Most Abundant in American Rainforests

Characteristics of palm trees differ from those of other tropical trees in many ways. In a major new study ecologists have surveyed the actual numbers of palms in tropical rainforests around the ...

Climate Change Threat to Tropical Plants

Half of the world's tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new study ...

New Species Described in 2020

It is estimated that 15 million different species live on our planet, but only 2 million of them are currently known to science. Discovering new species is important as it helps to protect them. ...

Microscope Allows Gentle, Continuous Imaging of Light-Sensitive Corals

Many corals are sensitive to bright light, so capturing their dynamics with traditional microscopes is a challenge. To work around their photosensitivity, researchers developed a custom light-sheet ...

Native Bees' Exotic Origins Reveal Cross-Pollination

Ancestors of a distinctive pollinating bee found across Australia probably originated in tropical Asian countries, islands in the south-west Pacific or greater Oceania region, ecology researchers ...

Researchers Look for Answers as to Why Western Bumblebees Are Declining

The decline of the Western bumblebee is likely not limited to one culprit but, instead, due to several factors that interact such as pesticides, pathogens, climate change and habitat ...

Modelling of the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years ago shows it created a world largely unsuitable for dinosaurs to live ...

Bleaching Affects Aquarium Corals, Too

A world-first study examines the temperature thresholds of Australian aquarium corals and finds they are at risk under climate ...

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