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Opinion: Exploring a Little-Known Planet

By | October 1, 2011

Cataloging the staggering richness of Earth’s species will have multiple payoffs.

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Biodiversity

By | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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86 Percent of Eukaryotes Undiscovered

By | August 24, 2011

A new estimate of eukaryotic diversity suggests a total of 8.7 million species. So far, scientists have discovered only 1.2 million of them.

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Love and Crickets

By | August 12, 2011

A new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia celebrates the work of an artist who is also the world’s authority on grasshoppers and crickets.

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From the Ground Up

By | August 1, 2011

As the planet warms plant growth will likely increase—locking up some of that extra carbon dioxide by converting it into vegetative biomass—but that’s not the whole story. 

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The Root of the Problem

By | August 1, 2011

New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.

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Opinion: Diversity for Conservationists and Biota

By | July 27, 2011

Conservation biologists must reflect on the nation’s changing demographics to save the organisms they strive to protect.

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Most Wanted Toad Found

By | July 15, 2011

A colorful toad that has been missing for 87 years is discovered in Malaysia.

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Lessons from the marine census

By | May 19, 2011

Now that the ten-year effort to take stock of the diversity of life in the oceans came to a triumphant end late last year, researchers involved in the Census for Marine Life are reflecting on the project's shortcomings.

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