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  1. Collecting genetic samples for small mammals can be tricky, but scientists found a noninvasive way to do it for San Francisco's endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. View the full article
  2. Scientists have discovered three new cryptozoic (living underground) snakes hidden under graveyards and churches in remote towns in the Andes of Ecuador. The new snakes, which are small, cylindrical, and rather archaic-looking, were named in honor of institutions or people supporting the exploration and conservation of remote cloud forests in the tropics. View the full article
  3. Biologists have found that it's not just the size of its head and body that puts almost everything on a Burmese python's menu. They evolved super-stretchy skin between their lower jaws that allows them to consume prey up to six times larger than similar-sized snakes. View the full article
  4. A team of researchers came across a new-to-science species of octopus from Dongshan island in China's Fujian Province. At less than 40 g in its adult stage, Callistoctopus xiaohongxu is considered a small to moderate-sized octopus. The species, known to locals but long mistaken for a different species, has smooth skin and reddish-brown color. View the full article
  5. In the cultivation of organic cacao, many factors determine the yield. An international research team has now identified important players and their combined effects. View the full article
  6. Scientists reveal the diets of endangered Indiana bats and threatened northern long-eared bats, providing clues to effectively manage both species and their habitats. View the full article
  7. Over a six-year period in southcentral Pennsylvania, measures of biodiversity among wild bee communities declined and one-third of species experienced decreases in abundance, according to a team of researchers. View the full article
  8. Soil microbes can have a great impact on the spread of harmful invasive species as they can either hinder or facilitate the plant's growth. Researchers studied the role of soil microbiota in the success of garden lupine, which is an invasive species in the Finnish nature. View the full article
  9. A growing number of Native American households in Nevada have no access to indoor plumbing, a condition known as 'plumbing poverty,' according to a new study. View the full article
  10. An event that occurs only once every 120 years, the large-scale flowering, seeding, and dying of dwarf bamboo (Sasa borealis), has been found to provide ideal breeding conditions for Japanese field mice. View the full article
  11. Old-growth forests and managed forests with old-growth characteristics can provide relief from climate change for some bird species, research suggests. View the full article
  12. A research group has found that sudden changes in the development of a nighttime cold-air pool over a small mountain basin in Japan are related to leaf expansion and leaf fall in mountain forests. The researchers concluded that leaf area index influences seasonal changes in cold-air pool formation. Future studies will likely assess the effects of seasonal forest changes in mountain areas on nocturnal climates of inland areas. View the full article
  13. New research has mapped the DNA from more than 150 species of native rodents from across Australia, New Guinea and Melanesian islands, painting a clearer picture of how they're related and how they ended up spreading across the Pacific. View the full article
  14. A study more than 30 years in the making finds reintroducing bison would double plant biodiversity in a tallgrass prairie. View the full article
  15. Hydropower developments should avoid flooding forests to minimize biodiversity loss and disruptions to ecosystems in Amazonian forest islands, new research finds. Deforestation, habitat loss and fragmentation are linked and are driving the ongoing biodiversity crisis, with hydropower to blame for much of this degradation. View the full article
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