$10M in Prize Money for Mapping Rainforest Biodiversity

Efforts to catalog the fast-declining biodiversity of tropical rainforests just got a $10 million boost via a new competition from XPRIZE, an organization that has more than a dozen competitions on topics ranging from spaceflight to oil cleanup over the past 25 years. Last week, XPRIZE formally unveiled the $10 million Rainforest XPRIZE to catalyze development of “technology capable of identifying […]

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Genetic resistance to devastating ash tree disease discovered – and it could help save the species

Scientists have discovered a genetic basis to resistance against ash tree dieback, a devastating fungal infection that is predicted to kill over half of the ash trees in the region, and it could open up new possibilities to save the species. The invasive fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus has spread throughout Europe’s ash populations but is especially dire in […]

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One small-brained Kenyan bird creates complex societies, and it can teach us about our own

Big brains aren’t required to form complex communities, finds a new study of vulturine guineafowls in Kenya. The prevailing consensus up to now was that only animals with large brains such as humans, primates, elephants, porpoises, and giraffes, can form complex, multilevel societies. However, new research shows that this isn’t the case. The study reports […]

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