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22 June 2018

En Nouvelle-Zélande, des moutons émettent 10 % de méthane en moins [Futura Planète]

Grâce à des croisements, une équipe de chercheurs néozélandais a créé une race de mouton émettant 10 % de méthane en moins. Une avancée loin d’être anecdotique, tant ce gaz à effet de serre menace le climat.

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22 June 2018

Prehistoric platypus-like fish reconstructed by Australian scientists [The Guardian]

Palaeontologists have reconstructed an ancient Australian fish that swam on the sea floor like a stingray and had the long bill of a platypus.

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22 June 2018

Une araignée-crabe joue les météorologues avant son envol [Futura Planète]

Comment les araignées peuvent-elles voler, emportées par de longs fils de soie ? Cette technique, connue de plusieurs espèces, recèle encore des mystères que tente de percer une équipe de chercheurs allemands. Le décollage de l’araignée-crabe, observée sur un site historique, a montré une stratégie sophistiquée.

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22 June 2018

Cocaine in the water makes eels hyperactive and damages muscles [New Scientist]

Rivers and other water bodies often contain low levels of drugs, including both medicines and illegal drugs such as cocaine. These chemicals can make their way into drinking water and there is evidence that they affect wildlife.

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22 June 2018

Light pollution a reason for insect decline [Phys]

Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) have now discovered that regions that have experienced a sharp decline in flying insects also have high levels of light pollution. Many studies have suggested that artificial light at night has negative impacts on insects, and scientists should pay greater attention to this factor when exploring the causes of insect population declines in the future.

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