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Seabird Feathers Reveal Less-Resilient Ocean

By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less-resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 15, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Old Trees Are Ecosystem Gold

David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University College of Science in Canberra says that older trees play outsize roles in maintaining landscapes and ecosystems.

February 12, 2018 — Mariette Dichristina and Steve Mirsky

Life on the Rocks

Scientists are probing deep beneath the ocean’s surface to learn how life on Earth began

February 12, 2018 — James Nestor and bioGraphic
Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

Damselfish had trouble learning to avoid predators, when that lesson was accompanied by a soundtrack of buzzing boat engines. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 11, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Woodpeckers Drum to Their Own Tunes

The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart—which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 7, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata
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Confronting Common Wisdom