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25 January 2018

Why beetles are the most important organisms on the planet [The Guardian]

From the minuscule to the mighty, tree-dwellers to pond-swimmers, millions of beetle species reveal a wealth of information about the world we live in.

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24 January 2018

Noise pollution forces Canadian songbirds to change their tunes [Phys]

Some Canadian songbirds have to change their tunes because noise pollution from things like oil and gas drilling equipment otherwise drowns out important parts of their songs, University of Manitoba researchers have found.
Birdsongs carry information, like how fit or "sexy" the singer is, the species, even the individual’s "name" and motivation. Miya Warrington and Nicola Koper from the U of M’s Natural Resources Institute looked at what parts of the birdsongs were changing to learn what aspects of their song are most under threat of being drowned out by noise.

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24 January 2018

IUCN contributes to a new paper which aims to help combat Invasive Alien Species [IUCN]

The IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group has made a major contribution to a paper published today in the journal Scientific Data, which provides a detailed description of the data behind The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS).

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24 January 2018

Ce mille-pattes géant tue des proies 15 fois plus grosses que lui [Futura-Sciences]

Grâce à une toxine que des chercheurs viennent de mettre en évidence, un mille-pattes géant (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans) peut paralyser des proies bien plus grosses que lui, comme des lézards. Son venin crée des dégâts dans les systèmes cardiovasculaire et nerveux des animaux.

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23 January 2018

Une étrange faune des abysses découverte au fond du golfe du Mexique [Futura-Sciences]

Une équipe d’océanographes américains explore depuis l’an dernier les grands fonds et les abysses depuis l’océan Pacifique jusqu’à l’Atlantique. L’Okeanos Explorer a traversé le canal de Panama en novembre dernier et multiplie les plongées dans le golfe du Mexique. Toujours méconnue, la faune des grands fonds ménage encore bien des surprises.

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