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  • 201609FebTue

    Morbid attraction to leopard urine in Toxoplasma-infected chimpanzees

    | News evolution

    Researchers from the Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology) have shown that chimpanzees infected with toxoplasmosis are attracted by the urine of...
  • 201629JanFri

    Animals with larger brains are the best problem solvers, say researchers

    | News zoos

    Why did some species, such as humans and dolphins, evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies? Why did others, such as blue whales and hippos, evolve to have brains that, compared to the...
  • 201627JanWed

    Zebra stripes are not for camouflage, new study finds

    | News evolution

    If you’ve always thought of a zebra’s stripes as offering some type of camouflaging protection against predators, it’s time to think again, suggest scientists at the University of Calgary and Universi...
  • 201624JanSun

    Biodiversity proves critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems

    | News biodiversity

    Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species. Using new scientific techniques, U.S....
  • 201622JanFri

    Evolutionary clock ticks for snowshoe hares facing climate change

    | News evolution

    Snowshoe hares that camouflage themselves by changing their coats from brown in summer to white in winter face serious threats from climate change, and it’s uncertain whether hare populations will be...
  • 201617JanSun

    Progress needed in combating wildlife and forest crime – but how?

    | News biodiversity

    CITES Standing Committee will review progress made in preparing and implementing National Ivory Action Plans, domestic legislation, and additional measures to protect Asiatic big cats, cheetahs, Afric...
  • 201616JanSat

    Man's best friend is also Bear's best friend

    | News biodiversity

    A recently released study from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) details a new method using “detection dogs,” genetic analysis, and scientific models to assess habitat suitability for bears in an ar...
  • 201611JanMon

    Banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good

    | News biodiversity

    Trophy hunting shouldn’t be banned but instead it should be better regulated to ensure funds generated from permits are invested back into local conservation efforts, according to a new paper co-autho...
  • 201610JanSun

    Oregon Zoo staff contracted tuberculosis from the Zoo's elephants in 2013

    | News zoos

    Seven employees of the Oregon Zoo in Portland have contracted a latent form of tuberculosis in 2013 from three of the Zoo's elephants. This information was published by the Centers for Disease Control...
  • 201609JanSat

    Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings

    | News evolution

    Chameleons are known for sticking their tongues out at the world fast and far, but until a new study by Brown University biologist Christopher Anderson, the true extent of this awesome capability had...
  • 201609JanSat

    Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

    | News biodiversity

    Transmissible cancers – cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells – are believed to arise extremely rarely in nature. One of the few known transmissible cance...
  • 201521DecMon

    Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse

    | News biodiversity

    New research reveals that a decline in fruit-eating animals such as large primates, tapirs and toucans could have a knock-on effect for tree species and subsequently for forests' carbon storage capabi...


    Nasa's State of Flux shows our ever changing world


    In celebration of this year's Earth Day on April 22, NASA's Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website, http://climate.nasa.gov , has unveiled a new version of its popular image gallery, "State of Flux."

    The gallery, which can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/sof , presents stunning images, mostly from space, of our ever-changing planet, chronicling changes taking place over time periods ranging from days to centuries.

    Each image pair in the continuously updated gallery highlights before-and-after impacts of change, including the destruction wrought by extreme events such as wildfires and floods, the retreat of glaciers caused by climate change, and the expanding footprint of urban areas due to population growth.

    It underscores how fragile and interconnected our planet is, and how it is constantly changing. With this new version of the gallery, we want people to be better able to immerse themselves in the images, and gain that sense of perspective

    The redesigned gallery, which currently features more than 160 comparison views, is now organized and sortable by categories, including ice, human impact, water, land cover and extreme events. A selection of some of the Global Climate Change website team's favorite images is highlighted in a new "Top Picks" category.

    Another new feature is a map view, which places each image into its geographical context. Guests can zoom in to specific locations on the map, or select by region, and see where particular changes are taking place around the globe. They can also share links to each image set and download high-resolution versions of the images.

    "Seeing our planet from space gives us a global view that we can't get elsewhere," said Amber Jenkins, editor of the Global Climate Change website, who established the gallery in 2009.

    NASA's Global Climate Change website is devoted to improving the public's understanding of Earth's changing climate, providing easy-to-understand information about the causes and effects of climate change and how NASA studies it. For more on NASA's Earth Science activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/index.html.


    The above news item is reprinted from materials available at ScienceDaily. Original text may be edited for content and length.

    (Source: Sciencedaily, 20.04.2012)

    UN Biodiversity decade

    Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

    Tiger range countries map


    "Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.


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