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Undersea Recordings Reveal a Whale's Tale

By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 19, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

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

Better Beef

Can a remade cattle industry save the Amazon rainforest?

February 15, 2018 — Christina Selby and bioGraphic

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
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
Homebodies Economize on Energy Use

Homebodies Economize on Energy Use

Today’s work-from-home, on-demand culture means more days at home—and translates into greater energy savings, too. Karen Hopkin reports.

February 6, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Confronting Common Wisdom