What if there were a way to keep endangered species from going extinct? That's the rationale behind a new project at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Researchers at the institute are putting information about animals threatened by extinction in a "stud book" and chronicling their lives from birth. Show More Summary
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia successfully bred all four of their red panda pairs, who bore ten cubs in 2014. Of those 10 cubs, seven have survived. More than 100 Red Pandas have been born at SCBI, including this year's births, and 60 of the newborns survived. Show More Summary
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The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute celebrated several births recently. During the past several weeks, 31 new residents have been born, many of which were endangered species. A short-eared elephant shrew was born May 8 at the Zoo's Small Mammal House. Show More Summary
These baby red pandas are quite possibly the cutest things on the planet right now. They were born last week at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which has recently experienced a kind of endangered species baby boom. The...Show More Summary
The advent of efficient techniques for gene editing such as CRISPR is moving us into an era in which all sorts of beneficial enhancements to human biology become possible. The regulatory establishment is exceedingly conservative with...Show More Summary
Many years ago, when I was a young and stupid Masters student in Conservation Biology, I was given the opportunity...
ANN ARBOR—Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions. Those are the conclusions...Show More Summary
The Vinyl District is honored to have been chosen by the The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo to participate in the Endangered Song Project. “The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National ZooShow More Summary
University of Minnesota at Morris biology professor Dr. Paul Zachary Myers doesn't like young Republicans. In fact, he called them "aholes."
YouTube link. The video, from a helicopter company, shows imaging of UV discharges from power lines. Its relevance to the natural world is discussed at Slate: In a report published in Conservation Biology, the scientists wrote that animals’ avoidance of power cables is likely linked with their ability to detect ultraviolet light. Show More Summary
by Jonah Shepp Chris Mooney reviews John R. Hibbing, Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Alford’s Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences: As Hibbing et al. explain, the evidence suggests that around 40 percent of the variation in political beliefs is ultimately rooted in DNA. The studies that form the basis for this conclusion use a […]
Last month, the National Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed three new Dama gazelle calves. [ more › ]
Some conservation strategies assume that the evolutionary distances between species on a phylogenetic 'tree of life' (a branching diagram of species popularized by Charles Darwin) can be used to predict how diverse their biological features will be. Show More Summary
Do scientists work too hard? The answer to that question is a big fat "yes," at least if you believe the findings of a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. It showed that conservation biologists--and, by extension,...Show More Summary
Conservative congressman Louie Gohmert and Rep. Michelle Bachmannturned a question about recent federal court gay marriage rulings into a clinic on constitutional law Wednesday – as well as a grade-school lesson on human biology. Gohmert and Bachmann were speaking with Rep. Show More Summary
A new study shows that chimpanzees who share food develop strong bonds with each other. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society. An international study published Wednesday by a British biological science journal revealed...Show More Summary
DALLAS (Reuters) - A panel of experts has rejected concerns by religious conservatives in Texas that a high school biology textbook contained factual errors about evolution and a state board approved the book on Wednesday for use in public schools.
Just as investigations expand into neglect at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., news breaks of another endangered animal's death, this time a young Przewalski’s horse who broke his neck, at their Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia read more