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We Finally Rid An Island of 300,000 Rats and Mice – Now Everything is Blooming

One of the biggest conservation success stories in the 21st century has been exterminating invasive species from vulnerable islands. Now, Lord Howe Island in Australia has finished eradicating the entirety of their invasive rat and mouse populations, and the recovery of the endemic-Australian ecosystem has been near-immediate. A UNESCO-listed island in the East Tasman Sea, […]

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New Tool Shows You the Weekly Local Mosquito Forecast

What’s on the to-do list for a late-spring barbecue? Go shopping, sweep the deck, clean the grill, and check the mosquito forecast… That’s right, Google Earth Engine and SC Johnson are using weather and climate data to provide Americans with a mosquito-forecast to help better plan yard parties and camping trips, by mapping the mosquito’s […]

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Chinook Salmon Introduced to Mountain Streams Not Inhabited for 100 Years

The historic reintroduction of Chinook salmon into a California creek this spring will help secure another generation of this iconic species. State and federal biologists have been busy moving endangered adult winter-run Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of Battle Creek and threatened spring-run Chinook salmon to Clear Creek in Northern California, where colder water temperatures […]

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Little Boy Finds Massive Ancient Shark Tooth Millions of Years Old

A six-year old sifting for shark teeth on a British beach found the four-inch long tooth of a megalodon, buried for at least three million years. Sammy Shelton found the tooth with his dad Peter on Bawdsey Beach, at Gorleston-on-Sea in Suffolk; it’s a spot where many people come to look for different shells, sharks’ […]

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Lucky Rescue for 5 Sheep Stuck on English Rooftop

It was a case of ‘all’s wool that ends wool’ for five sheep who found themselves on the rooftop of a house in Yorkshire—and were successfully rescued by local firemen. While goats are famous for appearing on all fours in places that boggle the mind, these five farm sheep had apparently leapt from a nearby […]

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There’s a ‘Man in the Moon’: Why Our Brains See Faces Everywhere – And Monkeys Do Too

It’s so commonplace we barely give it a second thought, but human brains seem hardwired to see human faces where there are none—in objects as varied as the moon, toys, plastic bottles, tree trunks, and vacuum cleaners. Some have even seen an imagined Jesus in cheese on toast. Until now scientists haven’t understood exactly what […]

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Secrets of Humpback Whales: Scientists Record 600 Different Calls at Sea Including Some Never Heard Before

Sounds made by humpback whales—including a previously unknown call—have given researchers a glimpse of their lives in the high seas. Scientists recorded the sounds hundreds of miles west of South Africa at the Vema Seamount in the Atlantic Ocean. The “whup” and “grumble” calls captured suggest this location could be an important stop on the […]

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One-eyed Cat Missing For 5 Years Shows Up on Offshore Oil Rig Baffling Owners

A five-year odyssey for a cat named Dexter seems to have finally come to an end, after a long, covert stay at a prison was interrupted by his arrival onboard an offshore oil rig, which finally resulted in a call to animal services. The cat was a regular “well-loved” hangabout at Her Majesty’s Prison Grampian […]

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John Kerry’s Global Ocean Conference Raises 400+ Commitments Worth $16 Billion to Protect Ocean Health

The seventh annual Our Ocean Conference concluded recently with the announcement a grand tally of 410 commitments to protect the the oceans and the living beings surrounding them—pledges worth $16.35 Billion. The conference, co-hosted by the Republic of Palau and the United States, was the first to be held in a small island developing state. […]

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