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The wonders of the natural world, nature and health, and why we must be stewards of nature and our natural resources.
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How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.
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Dog Helps Sad Baby Elephant See The Brighter Side Of Life

Dog Helps Sad Baby Elephant See The Brighter Side Of Life | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
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Touching story about how a dog is helping a baby elephant survive abandonment by his herd, while the Rhino rescue group helps him recover from medical challenges.

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Hawkmoths slow their brains to see in the dark - Futurity

Hawkmoths slow their brains to see in the dark - Futurity | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Scientists used 3D-printed robotic flowers to show how hawkmoths see in the dark. The discovery could help next-generation flying robots operate better.
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Scientists who are refining the technology behind flying robotics study insects to better understand how to operate in 3D space under variety of lighting conditions.

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One Of North America's Rarest Mammals Spotted In Yosemite

One Of North America's Rarest Mammals Spotted In Yosemite | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
One of the rarest mammals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, was recently caught on camera twice inside Yosemite National Park.

The two sightings on remote wildlife cameras, on Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 4 of this year, mark the first time ...
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In Times of Drought: Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States

In Times of Drought: Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
This Hamilton Project policy memo presents nine economic facts about water in the United States, and underscores three topics: the occurrence of drought in the U.S., the importance of water to the U.S. economy, and barriers to efficient uses of water.
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The $1.5 Million Project To Promote Organic Seed In The Face Of Remorseless Uniformity

The $1.5 Million Project To Promote Organic Seed In The Face Of Remorseless Uniformity | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
We can feed the world and save seed diversity without GMOs, says Seed Matters founder Matthew Dillon.
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The Day A Dozen Parents And Children Killed A Baby Shark For A Selfie.

The Day A Dozen Parents And Children Killed A Baby Shark For A Selfie. | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
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The Tennessee Williams play--Suddenly  Last Summer--comes to mind.

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African elephant numbers collapsing

African elephant numbers collapsing | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Long-awaited study suggests that many of the continent's elephant populations could be wiped out in ten years.
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The Health Benefits of Trees

The Health Benefits of Trees | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—not to mention their psychological effects. New research says the closer you can live to trees, the better off you are.
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Bats Use Polarized Light As a Nighttime Compass

Bats Use Polarized Light As a Nighttime Compass | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Generally, polarized light is something you wear sunglasses to avoid, but for bats, the glare is actually useful.
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Elephant Cries After He Is Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse

Elephant Cries After He Is Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists. All that changed when he was rescued last weekend by wildlife conservationists who said the animal cried when he was final...
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Whales are the main engineers of ocean’s ecosystems, says experts

Whales are the main engineers of ocean’s ecosystems, says experts | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Whales have an influential and positive impact on the capacity of oceans, worldwide carbon stockpiling, and the strength of business fisheries, another study proposes. Roman and a team of researcher, ...
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Google Launches Global Forest Watch Website With Real-Time Deforestation Data - The Almagest

Google Launches Global Forest Watch Website With Real-Time Deforestation Data - The Almagest | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Google has come up with a new website to help keep a watch and also to track deforestation in real time and across the world. It is named as Global Forest Watch and is leveraged with the data of deforestation. It contains curated maps along with in-depth reporting of the current scenario of any region. …
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This tool will be a huge help in tracking the destruction of forests in Alabama and MIssissippi as #oilsands development gets underway. Unless we can stop the destruction before it begins.

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E.O. Wilson, on Alabama as the center of American biodiversity and becoming a scientific rock star

E.O. Wilson, on Alabama as the center of American biodiversity and becoming a scientific rock star | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
When you are growing up as a boy, especially a boy in Alabama, although it might be true elsewhere, you get in with a bunch of boys of that age, and the first thing you have to do is have a fistfight... So we broke the code of the ants. I was able to talk to ants. I was able to lead ants where I wanted them to go. Alarm them, calm them down. That was very exciting.
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Richard Branson: Bush Is Our Teddy Roosevelt

Richard Branson: Bush Is Our Teddy Roosevelt | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
In a talk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the Clinton Global Initiative, entrepreneur Richard Branson said George W. Bush will be remembered for his conservation, not for Iraq.
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Ants divide knowledge to protect the 'network' - Futurity

Ants divide knowledge to protect the 'network' - Futurity | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Email servers would be harder to hack if they borrowed a simple security protocol from ants, new research suggests.
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Amazing animals: Bats use sonar jamming to steal food

Amazing animals: Bats use sonar jamming to steal food | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
In case you didn’t already think that bats’ ability to navigate with their ears instead of their eyes wasn’t cool enough, get this: Mexican free-tailed bats can actually use biological sonar to jam the signals of other bats and steal their food.
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This Dog's Final Day Proves We Should Live Every Day Like It's Our Last

This Dog's Final Day Proves We Should Live Every Day Like It's Our Last | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
The Roberts family knew they had to put their beloved dog, Duke, to sleep after the cancer began to take over his body. So, they decided to make his final day on Earth his most special.

Duke, a black Labrador living in Houston, was diagnosed with...
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Beautiful. I wrote a similar series of posts saying goodbye to my black Lab, Bama, in August 2011. I used video, instead of still photos. And Bama couldn't walk, so we didn't spend our last day together on a fun frolic, but she left in peace, knowing she was loved.

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The Day A Dozen Parents and Children Killed a Shark for a Selfie

The Day A Dozen Parents and Children Killed a Shark for a Selfie | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
This is a generation that experiences animals, nature and the great wonders of our world behind the safety of four-inch screens instead of understanding how to live among them in reality....
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The Tennessee Williams play Suddenly, Last Summer comes to mind, because of the death of an innocent in a beach context. 

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Bear Saves Drowning Crow -- And Doesn't Eat It

Bear Saves Drowning Crow -- And Doesn't Eat It | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
You're a hungry bear, surrounded by apples and carrots, when a crow wanders into your enclosure and gets stuck in the water.

Dinnertime, right?

Not so fast. Check out what this bear did, in a video that was recorded at the Budapest Zoo last m...
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Photosynthesis photographed for the first time

Photosynthesis photographed for the first time | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Researchers at ASU capture a 'molecular movie' of water splitting into oxygen, protons and electrons.
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Whales are engineers of ocean ecosystems: Experts - The Times of India

Whales are engineers of ocean ecosystems: Experts - The Times of India | Why Nature Matters | Scoop.it
Whales have a powerful and positive influence on the function of oceans, global carbon storage, and the health of commercial fisheries, a new study suggests.
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Better article because it includes the name of the journal where research was published.

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Bumblebee in spider's web rescued by other bumblebee - YouTube

UPDATE: an expert disappoints (don't blame the messenger) http://theconversation.com/no-thats-not-a-video-of-a-bee-rescuing-its-friend-from-a-spider-28020 A ...
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