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What’s in the water at tropical beaches? Scientists spot a huge shift

But biodiversity “restructuring,” rather than species richness, is a more accurate way to describe changes over time, the researchers say. When a species dies out and is replaced by another, that change isn’t reflected by looking at the number of species in an area — yet it can shake up …

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Scientists Implant False Memories in Birds to Teach Them Songs They’ve Never Heard

UT Southwestern Scientists have been able to teach birds simple songs they’ve never heard before by selectively activating specific neurons in their brains – effectively implanting false memories. Using the process of optogenetics, where light is used to control living tissue, the team was able to activate certain neuron circuits …

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The vanishing of great white sharks is ‘tragic’ for Cape Town tourism

National tension Spotters, who began monitoring the city’s beaches 14 years ago after a series of fatal attacks, haven’t seen a great white in 2019 after averaging 205 sightings between 2010 and 2016. Sightings fell to 50 last year. A number of whale carcasses that washed ashore had no shark …

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Scientists discover worm with three sexes in California lake

Credit: Caltech Eight more species of worms discovered around the area Caltech scientists have discovered a new species of worm in Mono Lake, California. Temporarily named Auanema, the worm has three sexes, can ingest arsenic and carries its young inside its body like marsupials. Mono Lake is highly alkaline and …

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Seychelles president makes underwater plea to protect world’s oceans from climate change

In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean‘s surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet.” President Danny Faure’s call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, came from one of the …

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Can the gene editing technology CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?

It’s been an alarming year for the world’s outlook on biodiversity. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) put the world on notice that around 1 million species are facing extinction (PDF). A study published in August concluded that it would take New Zealand 50 million years …

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Urgent Science

Citizen science, education, and crucial research come together along the Rhode River at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. By Marty LeGrand The band on Sally Lechner’s floppy, broad-brimmed hat has sweated through. Her twin neckerchiefs barely absorb the effects of an afternoon in the mid-90s. But as she wipes her …

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Is it time to use CRISPR to save biodiversity?

September 13, 2019 — It’s been an alarming year for the world’s outlook on biodiversity. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) put the world on notice that around 1 million species are facing extinction. A study published in August concluded that it would take New Zealand …

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A ‘Brown Tide’ of Seaweed is Choking the Caribbean and Worrying Scientists – D-brief

Dead seaweed chokes beaches across the Caribbean every year. (Credit: Playa del Carmen/Shutterstock) (Inside Science) — In the summer of 2018, thousands of tons of a prolific seaweed called sargassum invaded the pristine beaches of the Caribbean. In Mexico, the turquoise waters and clear, smooth sand of the touristy Mayan …

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