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September 2014

RBI Highlights Conservation Needs - September 30, 2014
Get in and get out! It works for the Navy Seals. So why not do the same with a crack team of scientists? Recently, Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History did just that. They assembled a group of thirteen scientists to do what's...

Autumn Colors Fading - September 29, 2014
Changing seasons in New England is well, second nature. But a change in the look of the season is a change that has folks concerned. Each autumn, millions of tourists trek to the state to witness the brilliant displays of reds, oranges and yello...

Nature Provides Clues for Survival - September 26, 2014
Believe it or not, sometimes, it's a good idea to be "as cold as ice." Take, for example, the arctic ground squirrel. He's a creature that knows a thing or two about the cold. The soil it lives in is permanently frozen. And, as biologist Bria...

Drinking Ocean Water - September 25, 2014
Experts say that as population and water use rise, the world's fresh water supplies are shrinking. Then why don't we desalinate more sea water and, you know, drink the ocean? We can, for a price. One of the primary desalination methods...

Natural Security - September 24, 2014
Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve that can teach us a thing or two about national security. Raphael Sagarin, editor of "Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World" says, millions of organisms reveal how our society ...

The Bugs Have Ears - September 23, 2014
Not to bug you with extra noise, but ... a rainforest katydid is like you and me in one way. It's the one bug we know of that hears with a mammal-like, three-stage sound-sensing system. Researchers at the University of Bristol in England say a spec...

Rice Growers Go Dry - September 22, 2014
Did you know rice doesn't need to grow in water? In fact, the main reason for rice paddies is to prevent weeds. And with water supplies scarce in many countries, the World Wildlife Foundation is promoting an alternative method of cultivation, call...

Up a Tree With CO2 - September 19, 2014
If you're looking for nature to somehow save us from global warming, don't bank on trees. They're doing the best that they can. In a unique, carbon enrichment experiment conducted by Duke University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory, grove...

Where the Buffalo Roam - September 18, 2014
Home, home on the range only covers 20 percent of what it used to. That's worldwide, according to a new study from the World Wildlife Fund. Human encroachment has pushed elk, buffalo, tigers and other large migratory mammals to the fringes of lands t...

Citizen Scientists Watch Birds - September 17, 2014
Bird watching can be pretty intense. Some birdwatchers travel deep into the Amazon to spy the exquisite Quetzal, or battle surf off the coast of the Aleutien Islands to glimpse rare shorebirds. But wait, you say, I live in the city. We have pigeon...

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