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12 January 2017

Crazy Ants Make the Right Moves [CNRS News]

A previously unidentified type of ant trail has recently come to light: the longhorn crazy ant’s unique scent marks that help crews of coworkers carry a bulky load across obstacle-strewn territory. A combined feat of collaboration, coordination… and chance.

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12 January 2017

Climate science: The resilience of Amazonian forests [Nature - News & Views]

Isotope evidence suggests that, during dry periods associated with the most recent ice age, the Amazonian forest survived in a region that is sensitive to rainfall changes — settling a debate about Amazonian aridity.

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11 January 2017

Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss [The Guardian]

Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better.

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10 January 2017

Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish [Phys]

Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River led to a 70 per cent drop in fish that have both male and female characteristics within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

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10 January 2017

Warming world harming insects’ reproduction, says study [BBC]

A warming world harms insects’ ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn.

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