World Migratory Bird Day: A closer look into the movements of the Egyptian Vulture — Europe’s only long-distance migratory vulture

On this World Migratory Bird Day, we will take a closer look into the migratory journeys of Egyptian Vultures originating from different regions and countries, and of different backgrounds — some are captive-bred, some wild-hatched and others spent their first years in rehabilitation. Egyptian Vulture migration Every year, during the end of summer and start […]

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Ants quickly adapt to danger, build sand structures to access food and avoid drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers. Credit: Dr. Aiming Zhou and Dr. Jian Chen. Black imported fire ants (Solenopsis richteri), or simply BIFA, have a water-repelling cuticle that allows them to float on the water’s surface. So, typically these ants face minimal risks of drowning when […]

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A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

More of us than ever are stuck indoors, whether we are working at home, self-isolating, or socially distancing from other households. Long periods of isolation are already impacting many people’s mental health and will continue to do so. On the other hand, people have reported discovering outdoor spaces on their doorstep as they are forced […]

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Tasmanian devils return to mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years

Around 3,000 years ago, Tasmanian devils were driven out from mainland Australia by dingoes introduced by Sulawesi hunter-gatherers. Fortunately, dingoes never made it to the island of Tasmania, the namesake of the devils, which helped the aggressive scavengers avoid extinction. But recent challenges such as habitat loss and the spread of one of the only […]

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Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a new material that is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that can replace many single-use plastics and leathers. Newlight has been exploring ways to make use of greenhouse […]

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