First Global 'Camera Trap' Study Reveals Threatened Mammal Species' Lives, Damaged Habitats

With over 50, 000 photos (and counting) capturing over 100 mammal species from seven protected areas across Africa, Asia and the Americas…a global ‘hidden camera” research project is giving conservation biologists a rare glimpse into the ordinary lives of many endangered or threatened mammal species.The camera study, conducted by The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM), is helping to confirm what smaller, isolated studies have indicated: that habitat destruction is jeopardizing the biological integrity and diversity of many of the world’s mammals.

Lonesome Whale of the Pacific, 'Alice', May Be One of A Kind

Following some strange migratory pattern of its own design, and emitting a plaintive call-song that is never answered, a solitary whale roams the depths of the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The call-song has been tracked through NOAA’s underwater, sound surveillance system since 1989, when a research team out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute noticed “whale-like” sounds occurring in the 51.75 Hertz band of the radio spectrum. Amongst the scientists who have faithfully tracked the song since, the mystery whale is known as ’52 Hertz’, but popularly, “she” is known as Alice.

Climate Change and Weed Biology

There are so many ramifications of climate change, many of which we’re probably not even aware of yet. Over on one of our sister sites, ecoscraps, Heather Carr recently wrote about one such ramification: Weed biology and climate change is a hot topic among plant scientists. The potential effects of increasing carbon dioxide on plants

New Stem Cell Technique is "Major Advance"

The development of stem cell science and the cultivation of embryonic stem (ES) cells has been marked by controversy due to the required destruction of the embryos from which the cells derived. Embryonic stem cells are valued because they are undifferentiated cells that, given the right biological prompts, can develop into almost any other type

"Super' Bacteria Defy Normal Aging

In a recent paper entitled ‘Robust growth of Escherichia coli’, published in the journal Current Biology, researchers discovered that E. coli bacteria are able to maintain a “steady state” growth rate despite the accumulation of genetic errors.

Growing Acid in our Oceans: A Looming Threat to Sea Life

[social_buttons] This picture is a picture of the beautiful Monterey, California coastline. This is where I grew up. It is famous for it’s beautiful sea life. Sea otters, jelly fish, sea lions, kelp forests all populate the Monterey coast.  The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. Yet, with all that mass of

Global Warming Means Shorter Lives for Cold-Blooded Animals

Cold-blooded animals have a lifespan which is exponentially related to the temperature of their environment, a new study finds. That means that as temperatures increase due to global warming, cold-blooded animals around the world will begin dying younger. Given that the vast majority of animals on Earth are cold-blooded, including the likes of amphibians, mollusks,

100-200 New Amphibians Discovered in Madagascar

A recent study documented the discovery of 100-200 new amphibian species in Madagascar. [social_buttons] One of the researchers, Dr. Miguel Vences, stated: “People think that we know which plant and animal species live on this planet. But the century of discoveries has only just begun – the majority of life forms on Earth is still

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