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Gaps in data place thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk, say researchers

The fate of over 64,000 live wild animals officially reported to have been confiscated by enforcement agencies remains untraceable, according to a new report released by the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and World Animal Protection.

To produce biopharmaceuticals on demand, just add water

Researchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines.

Fate of turtles and tortoises affected more by habitat than temperature

Habitat degradation poses a greater risk to the survival of turtles and tortoises than rising global temperatures, according to new research.

Landmark map reveals the genetic wiring of cellular life

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre have created the first map that shows the global genetic interaction network of a cell. It begins to explain how thousands of genes coordinate with one another to orchestrate cellular life.

Scientists demonstrating future potential of new insect control traits in agriculture

DuPont Pioneer researchers have discovered a protein from a non-Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium source that exhibits promise as an alternative means for controlling corn rootworm in North America and Europe. Science published the finding this week.

Melatonin, biological clock keep singing fish on time

In the 1980s, people living on houseboats in the San Francisco Bay were puzzled by a droning hum of unknown origin that started abruptly in the late evening and stopped suddenly in the morning.

A first look at factors affecting aragonite compensation depth in the eastern Arabian Sea

Water column measurements suggest shoaling of aragonite saturation depths (ASD) throughout the world oceans, due to increase in greenhouse gas concentration. Past records of aragonite saturation state under different climatic conditions are required to assess the impact of climatic changes on shoaling/deepening of ASD. Show More Summary

Increased activity of lysozyme and complement system in Atlantic halibut exposed to elevated CO2 at six different temperatures

Ocean acidification and rising seawater temperature are environmental stressors resulting from the continuous increase of the atmospheric CO2 concentration due to anthropogenic activities. As a consequence, marine fish are expected to...Show More Summary

Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes

The biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant have spent four decades on a tiny island in the Galápagos. Their discoveries reveal how new animal species can emerge in just a few generations.

The 3rd Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences (XMAS), 9-11 January 2017, Xiamen, China

The ocean system is undergoing rapid and dramatic changes in response to global climatic and regional anthropogenic forcings. These drivers, including primarily temperature rise, intensified stratification, ocean acidification, eutrophication,...Show More Summary

Increased levels of carbon dioxide could drive fish crazy, study finds

High levels of carbon dioxide could impair the brain chemistry of fish, scientists found. Researchers from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found that increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the ocean alters the brain chemistry […]

Tropical coral reefs lose their zooplankton through ocean acidification

Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea. At these locations volcanic carbon dioxide escapes from the seabed, lowering the water’s acidity to […]

New York needs to act on ocean acidification

“The ocean acts like a sponge, absorbing most of the extra heat caused by our greenhouse gases. And it’s been growing warmer and more acidic for decades now. In other words, the very chemistry of our oceans is changing, which is risking marine life and rippling all the way up the food chain … This […]

Why Lobster Larvae Harpoon-Proof Their Poo

How do you eat a live jellyfish? Verrrrry carefully -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

In the Year Following Fire, a Mushroom Bonanza

Morels, odd yet delicious, are often hard to find—but not in western forests that just burned -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Sharks' Rep Hurt by Scary Theme Music

"Objective" documentaries may be unintentionally biasing viewers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newly Crowned Oldest Vertebrate May Live to 400

...and it doesn't reach sexual maturity until around 150 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

50-Million-Year-Old Insect Jumped Out of Skin to Escape Amber Tsunami

A mushroom, an insect skin and a mammal hair all walk into the same piece of amber... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

80 Percent of Open-Ocean Fish Make Light

Lighting up is the rule, not the exception, for marine fish -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

My First Radiolab Interview: From Tree to Shining Tree

What goes on under the forest floor may astound you -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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