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Global Wildlife Decline

By | October 1, 2014

Vertebrate populations have fallen by half during the last 40 years, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund.

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The Ocular Microbiome

By | October 1, 2014

Researchers are beginning to study in depth the largely uncharted territory of the eye’s microbial composition.

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Soil Microbiome of Central Park

By | September 30, 2014

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

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Obama Protects Huge Swath of Pacific Ocean

By | September 26, 2014

The president exercises his authority to expand an existing marine reserve, making it the largest in the world.

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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity

By | September 23, 2014

Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.

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Stopping Invasive Insects With Sex Appeal

By | September 17, 2014

Researchers find a way to zap emerald ash borers using female decoys.

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Small Molecule Superstore

By | September 15, 2014

An analysis of bacterial sequences from the Human Microbiome Project has uncovered thousands of biosynthetic gene clusters.

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Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms

By | September 11, 2014

Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.

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Bye Bye, Birdies?

By | September 9, 2014

A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of US bird species are under threat of displacement or extinction in the face of climate change.

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Subglacial Ecosystem

By | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.

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