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9 March 2018

Study says Mekong River dams could disrupt lives, environment [Phys]

The Mekong River, one of the world’s largest, traverses six Southeast Asian countries and supports the livelihoods of millions of people. New efforts to provide hydroelectric power to a growing and modernizing population include more than eight proposed main-stem dams and 60 or more existing tributary dams in the lower Mekong basin. A new article from University of Illinois and Iowa State University scientists lays out what dam construction could mean for residents and the environment in the region.

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9 March 2018

Study sheds light on the genetic origins of the two sexes [Phys]

A new study published in the journal Communications Biology has shed light on the earliest stages in the evolution of male-female differentiation and sex chromosomes—and found the genetic origins of the two sexes to be unexpectedly modest.

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7 March 2018

Almost half of Madagascar’s freshwater species threatened – IUCN report [IUCN]

Forty-three percent of Madagascar’s freshwater species are threatened with extinction, including many endemic species important to local livelihoods, a new IUCN led study has found.

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7 March 2018

Comprendre l’évolution des vers parasites grâce à leurs spermatozoïdes [The Conversation]

Pour certains animaux, il a été très difficile de comprendre l’évolution à partir des observations. Cela a été en particulier le cas des vers parasites appartenant à l’embranchement des Plathelminthes (ou vers plats).

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7 March 2018

Termites sacrifice their elderly in ant wars: study [Phys]

In life-or-death battles with ants that invade their nests and eat their friends, termite fighters have adopted a military strategy very unlike that of humans, researchers wrote in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters.

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