A Centenary for the Last Passenger Pigeon (Op-Ed)
Passenger pigeon painting by naturalist and artist John James Audubon
August 30th, 2014
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the last passenger pigeon's death, reflections on the loss of darkened skies.
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Tree Infesting Insects Love the City Heat (Op-Ed)
gloomy scales, beetle
August 29th, 2014
We can start watching urban ecosystems for problem insects and using that information to stand forewarned about future ecological changes in natural areas.
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Yawning Is Contagious in Wolves (Just Like Humans)
Yawning wolves
August 27th, 2014
Just as with humans, when wolves see one of their fellow creatures yawn, they do it too, a new study suggests. And the contagious yawning could be a sign that these animals have the capacity for empathy, the researchers say.
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No Picnic Safe: Smart Bears Use Tools
Grizzly bear tool use
August 28th, 2014
A new study may upend some assumptions about bear smarts.
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Unusual Fish that 'Walks' Holds Clues to Animal Evolution
A bichir fish walks along land.
August 27th, 2014
An unusual type of fish that can walk and breathe air develops quite differently when it is raised on land, rather than in water. The study holds clues to a pivotal moment in animal evolution, when the first creatures moved out of the water and onto land.
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Spider Personalities Shine Among Friends
The social desert spider, Stegodyphus dumicola
August 26th, 2014
Yes, spiders can have personalities. And new research finds that these personalities assert themselves when spiders find their niches in social groups. The study suggests an evolutionary reason for the development of personality.
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3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Arachnids That Live on Your Face
Demodex folliculorum, arachnids, human face
August 29th, 2014
Demodex mites are microscopic arachnids (relatives of spiders and ticks) that live in and on the skin of mammals – including humans.
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Turtle and Tortoise Travails and Triumphs (Op-Ed)
Kemp's ridley sea turtle, turtles, tortoises
August 26th, 2014
Turtles across the United States need help.
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