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Locals helped researchers find the extremely rare boa.


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Birders Break North American Record

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.

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Extreme Birding

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Oregonian Noah Strycker broke the world Big Year birding record when he saw his 4,342nd species of the calendar year in 2015.

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Butterflies in Peril

By Bob Grant | August 12, 2015

Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.


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Bats Make a Comeback

By Molly Sharlach | December 22, 2014

Citizen-scientist data obtained through the U.K.’s National Bat Monitoring Programme show that populations of 10 bat species have stabilized or are growing.


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Extra Eyeballs on the Eye

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 6, 2014

A legion of citizen-scientist gamers helps a team of researchers explain a long-standing riddle of how the retina processes motion.

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Gamers Solve RNA Structures

By Abby Olena | January 28, 2014

An online competition gives citizen scientists a chance to design RNA molecules to generate a target structure.


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Waiting in the Wings

By Erin Weeks | December 1, 2013

A century’s worth of collected butterflies shed light on how climate change threatens the survival of early-emerging species.

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Don’t Fear DIYbio

By Jef Akst | November 19, 2013

Biological tinkerers are not the risk that some have made them out to be, according to a new report.


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Research Behind Bars

By Dan Cossins | July 1, 2013

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni advances forest conservation and science advocacy by enlisting the help of prisoners.


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