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Same-sex partner preference in adult male zebra finch offspring raised in the absence of maternal care

Same-sex partner preference in adult male zebra finch offspring raised in the absence of maternal care | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
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A critical number of workers in a honeybee colony triggers investment in reproduction - Online First - Springer

A critical number of workers in a honeybee colony triggers investment in reproduction - Online First - Springer | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
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Social career management: Social media and employability skills gap

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When death goes viral: mourning celebrities on social media

When death goes viral: mourning celebrities on social media | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
Reaction to the untimely death of Robin Williams underlines the role social media now plays in the expression of public mourning
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Let's go beyond taxonomy in diet description: testing a trait-based approach to prey–predator relationships - Spitz - 2014 - Journal of Animal Ecology - Wiley Online Library

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Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
Modern strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the Americas are closely related to those from Europe, supporting the assumption that human tuberculosis was introduced post-contact. This notion, however, is incompatible with archaeological evidence of pre-contact tuberculosis in the New World. Comparative genomics of modern isolates suggests that M. tuberculosis attained its worldwide distribution following human dispersals out of Africa during the Pleistocene epoch, although this has yet to be confirmed with ancient calibration points. Here we present three 1,000-year-old mycobacterial genomes from Peruvian human skeletons, revealing that a member of the M. tuberculosis complex caused human disease before contact. The ancient strains are distinct from known human-adapted forms and are most closely related to those adapted to seals and sea lions. Two independent dating approaches suggest a most recent common ancestor for the M. tuberculosis complex less than 6,000 years ago, which supports a Holocene dispersal of the disease. Our results implicate sea mammals as having played a role in transmitting the disease to humans across the ocean.
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Nature's Calendar | Nature's calendar | Recording trees and nature | Learn | The Woodland Trust

Nature's Calendar | Nature's calendar | Recording trees and nature | Learn | The Woodland Trust | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
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The Fall and Rise of the Amphibian Empire

The Fall and Rise of the Amphibian Empire | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
In 1970, a group of experts on frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians noticed that populations of the Yosemite Park Toad in California had suddenly crashed. The habitat was suitable, there seeme...
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New way of measuring biodiversity could help protect Earth's most vulnerable species (Science Alert)

New way of measuring biodiversity could help protect Earth's most vulnerable species (Science Alert) | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers has come up with a more effective way to measure biodiversity and identify areas that are in most desperate nee
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Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
Samples from a lake hidden under 800 metres of ice contain thousands of microbes and hint at vast ecosystems yet to be discovered.
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Global Climate Deal May Fail to Restrain Global Warming

Global Climate Deal May Fail to Restrain Global Warming | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
The pending Paris climate deal may not keep the world from warming by 2 degrees Celsius—does that mean it would be a failure?
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Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge

Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
Badger Trust applies for judicial review against environment department over lack of independent oversight panel
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'Clean coal' advert banned by UK watchdog

'Clean coal' advert banned by UK watchdog | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
NEWS: The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advert promoting "clean coal" as a solution to energy poverty
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Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
Peter Moseley: If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech
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Paper delivers clear policy to safeguard world’s primary forests

Paper delivers clear policy to safeguard world’s primary forests | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
New global research reveals extreme vulnerability of primary forests.
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Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills

Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their gills, according to a new study. When microplastics are drawn in through this method they take over six times longer to leave the body compared with standard digestion.
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Discarded cell phones to help fight rainforest poachers, loggers in real-time

Discarded cell phones to help fight rainforest poachers, loggers in real-time | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
A technology that uses discarded mobile phones to create a real-time alert system against logging and poaching will soon be deployed in the endangered rainforests of Central Africa. Rainforest Connection (RFCx), a San Francisco-based non-profit startup, is partnering with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to install its real-time anti-deforestation technology at sites in Cameroon. 30 RFCx devices — recycled from old Android handsets — will monitor 10,000 hectares or nearly 40 square miles of rainforest, listening for audio signals associated with logging and poaching.
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Poaching Crisis in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem - National Geographic

Poaching Crisis in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem - National Geographic | Ecology and Conservation | Scoop.it
National Geographic Poaching Crisis in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem National Geographic Last week I went on patrol with Leuser Conservation Forum Rangers and Aceh forestry staff trekking 60 to 70 kilometers into the Soraya district of the Leuser...
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