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7 October 2016

La "Théorie de l’Esprit" aurait été démontrée chez les grands singes [Sciences et Avenir - Animaux]

Des chercheurs affirment avoir démontré la "Théorie de l’Esprit" chez trois espèces de grands singes. Une petite révolution dans le monde de l’éthologie.

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7 October 2016

The ecology and economics of autumn leaves [PLOS/Blogs]

Beyond pumpkin flavored everything, autumn is big business in some parts of the United States. And the main draw are the leaves themselves. In New England alone, tourists venturing to witness the change-in-color, a hobby known colloquially as “leaf peeping,” spend upwards of $3 billion US dollars annually. There are even great debates about where the best places to go “leaf peeping” are—a personal nod for me towards the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. And while we are amazed at the natural tapestry autumn brings us, the underlying ecology is equally fascinating.

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7 October 2016

Les lichens, de précieux alliés pour évaluer le changement climatique Les lichens, de précieux alliés pour évaluer le changement climatique [Défi Ecologique]

Peu connus, les lichens n’intéressent que quelques centaines de naturalistes en France. Pourtant, leur mode de vie et leur écologie très particulière en font d’excellents indicateurs pour mesurer les perturbations que subit notre environnement. Réputés pour être de bons indicateurs de la qualité de l’air, on sait moins que les lichens sont également de précieux alliés pour évaluer les impacts du changement climatique…

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6 October 2016

Flower hijacks the fragrance of attacked bees to imprison flies [New Scientist]

Stop and smell the dying bees. The scent of a South African plant mimics the chemicals honeybees release when they’re under attack.
Scavenging flies on the lookout for a meal are then tricked into pollinating the plant’s flowers.(...)

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6 October 2016

Unhoppy News: Long-term decline in common toads [PLOS Research News]

Rare and endangered species are often the focus of conservation efforts, but common species that are in decline may nonetheless have a significant impact on ecosystems. Despite the ongoing global decline in amphibians, monitoring data on the abundance of widespread and common amphibians remains scarce.

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