Ecosystems

  1. greater prairie chicken
    Animals

    In the animal kingdom, what does it mean to be promiscuous?

    A review of hundreds of scientific studies finds that the label “promiscuous” is applied to a surprisingly wide range of mating behaviors in animals.

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  2. king penguins taken in 1982
    Animals

    With one island’s losses, the king penguin species shrinks by a third

    Once home to the largest known colony of king penguins, Île aux Cochons has lost most of its birds for unknown reason.

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  3. beaver
    Animals

    Got an environmental problem? Beavers could be the solution

    A new book shows how important beavers have been in the past — and how they could improve the landscape of the future.

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  4. Larsen C
    Earth

    The giant iceberg that broke from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf is stuck

    A year ago, an iceberg calved off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The hunk of ice hasn’t moved much since, and that has scientists keeping an eye on it.

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  5. shallow reef
    Oceans

    Shallow reef species may not find refuge in deeper water habitats

    Coral reefs in deep-water ecosystems may not make good homes for species from damaged shallow reefs.

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  6. booby chick
    Ecosystems

    Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

    Eradicating invasive rats from islands may help boost numbers of seabirds, whose droppings provide nutrients to nearby coral reefs.

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  7. monarch butterfly on tropical milkweed
    Climate

    Bloodflowers’ risk to monarchs could multiply as climate changes

    High atmospheric carbon dioxide levels can weaken the medicinal value of a milkweed that caterpillars eat, and high temperatures may make the plant toxic.

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  8. a bee on a flower
    Animals

    Why humans, and Big Macs, depend on bees

    Thor Hanson, the author of Buzz, explains the vital role bees play in our world.

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  9. a painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) resting on vegetation
    Animals

    Each year painted lady butterflies cross the Sahara — and then go back again

    Painted ladies migrate the farthest of any butterfly.

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  10. Asian common toad
    Ecosystems

    Madagascar’s predators are probably vulnerable to toxic toads

    The Asian common toad, an invasive species in Madagascar, produces a toxin in its skin that’s probably toxic to most of the island’s predators.

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  11. amber
    Paleontology

    These newfound frogs have been trapped in amber for 99 million years

    Trapped in amber, 99-million-year-old frog fossils reveal the amphibians lived in a wet, tropical climate.

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  12. two northern quolls
    Animals

    In a conservation catch-22, efforts to save quolls might endanger them

    After 13 generations isolated from predators, the endangered northern quoll lost its fear of them.

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