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Monkey medicine revisited - YouTube

Our latest Wellcome Trust funded research at Edinburgh Zoo and University of St. Andrews' Living Links Research Centre attempts to work out why capuchin monk...
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Notes from the Ethnoground: Mashco-Piros on the Verge: Missionaries, human safaris, head-ball and a tale of two contacts

Notes from the Ethnoground: Mashco-Piros on the Verge: Missionaries, human safaris, head-ball and a tale of two contacts | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Amazon Headwaters Under Siege: 19 dams slated for Napo watershed

Amazon Headwaters Under Siege: 19 dams slated for Napo watershed | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Napo River watershed is immense. Fed by snow from the glaciated volcanic peaks of the Andes Mountains, and by rainwater falling on steamy lowland Ecuadorian rainforests, this vast stretch of Amazonia supports diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, with significant unstudied flora and fauna.
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Frog Mass Extinction on the Horizon

Frog Mass Extinction on the Horizon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The deadly chytrid fungus is blamed for most of the 200 recent amphibian disappearances, with more to come
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In 2014 a group of students from the Derryfield school in New Hampshire traveled with their teacher and Marcy Sieggreen from the Detroit Zoo to investigate chytrid fungus in the Amazon.  It was a lesson in the challenges of field work - and its importance in understanding our world. 

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Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname

Amazon Gold Rush: Gold Mining in Suriname | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Suriname's vast and ancient rainforests remain one of the world's best kept secrests, but the global thirst for an age-old mineral threatens to destroy them.
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De-Wilding: Top 10 Symptoms of Jungle Field Research Withdrawal

De-Wilding: Top 10 Symptoms of Jungle Field Research Withdrawal | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
By Ben Lybarger Above Photo: Madre De Dios River (Peru) by Ben Lybarger. For researchers and students returning from the field, there is often a short period of readjustment to “normal”…
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Using art and technology to save the Amazon

Using art and technology to save the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservation strategist Lucy Dablin shares her experiences in the Amazon and her thoughts on how to preserve it.
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Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru

Cacao plantation ramping up forest clearing in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation continues as United Cacao aims to build the world’s largest cacao plantation.
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Epic Amazonian Arthropod Hunt - Finding Bugs in Peruvian Homes - YouTube

Do Amazonian houses have more bugs that houses in the US? That is one of the core questions we've come to answer. Michelle, Misha, Keith, Haley and I are all...
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Ancient but Strong: The Yagua Indians’ Traditional Ways

Ancient but Strong: The Yagua Indians’ Traditional Ways | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Amazon Workshops Student Field Reporter Project:  We’ve enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature t...
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Sharing Hands and Building Bridges: A Day of Community Service in an Amazonian Village

Sharing Hands and Building Bridges:  A Day of Community Service in an Amazonian Village | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Student Field Reporter Project:  We’ve enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature their posts, photo...
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2015 Sandy Spring Friends School - Intersession in the Amazon!

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A great little video highlighting the 2015 Sandy Spring Friends School Amazon Intercession group and their adventures in the Amazon!  

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Canopy crusade: world’s highest network of camera traps keeps an eye on animals impacted by gas project

Canopy crusade: world’s highest network of camera traps keeps an eye on animals impacted by gas project | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Oil, gas, timber, gold: the Amazon rainforest is rich in resources, and their exploitation is booming. As resource extraction increases, so does the development of access roads and pipelines. These carve their way through previously intact forest, thereby interrupting the myriad pathways of the species that live there. For species that depend on the rainforest canopy, this can be particularly problematic.
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Entomologist Phil Torres Makes a Child's Wish Come True

Entomologist Phil Torres Makes a Child's Wish Come True | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, there was a special visitor: Bradon Coy, a nine-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition known as Duchenne muscular...
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Awesomeness Alert!  Seriously cool entomologist!  

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An Isolated Tribe Is Emerging From Peru’s Amazonian Wilderness

An Isolated Tribe Is Emerging From Peru’s Amazonian Wilderness | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
After years of sporadic, sometimes deadly interactions with people along the Alto Madre de Dios River, a Mashco-Piro clan has suddenly stepped up contact.
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The Amazon | Ocean Futures Society

The Amazon | Ocean Futures Society | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Amazon: The most powerful of the world’s river systems, its rapid transformation will alter the global climate. Emptying into the great Atlantic Ocean, it flows through the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the vast, natural theater where evolution has gone wild, creating the greatest biodiversity of any area on the planet.

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Vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests

Vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests' capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, slow tropical forest tree growth and may even cause premature tree death. Lianas reduced aboveground carbon uptake by more than three-quarters, threatening the forests' ability to buffer climate change.
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Exclusive: Journey to Ecuador's Secret Oil Road - reported.ly - YouTube

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Why We Should All Care About The Amazon's Disappearing Tribes

Why We Should All Care About The Amazon's Disappearing Tribes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"Western medicine is the most sophisticated system of healing ever devised, but it's still got a lot of holes in it."
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"Do What You're Passionate About"

“Meet Rebecca, who'll give you a bit of inspiration... Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/untamedbiodiversity ↓ More info and sources below ↓ This trip ...”
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Tropical Forests for Climate and Development - YouTube

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Miracle Spheres and Paths Come Full Circle: Lessons Learned in the Amazon Rainforest

Miracle Spheres and Paths Come Full Circle:  Lessons Learned in the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Amazon Workshops Student Field Reporter Project:  We’ve enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature t...
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The Sake of Wonder Research and Peace on the Roof of the Rainforest

The Sake of Wonder Research and Peace on the Roof of the Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Amazon Workshops Student Field Reporter Project:  We’ve enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature t...
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In the Land of the Living River: Arrival in Peru

In the Land of the Living River: Arrival in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Student Field Reporter Project:  We've enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature their posts, photo...
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Saving species experts from extinction | Natural History Museum

Saving species experts from extinction | Natural History Museum | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Species identification experts are a rare and critical, but the Museum has a plan to train new specialists for the future.
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