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2 February 2017

Ant choosiness reveals they all have different personalities [New Scientist]

The power to imagine a better world has helped transform human societies, and it seems it may be doing so on a smaller scale to ant societies, too.
Individual ants have now been shown to have differences in behaviour − something almost akin to having a personality − that affect colony decisions. And some ants are so different in their personal preferences that they may act as the imagination of the colony, driving it on to a better future.

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2 February 2017

Gene Drives Thwarted by Emergence of Resistant Organisms [Nature/News]

Until this obstacle is overcome, the technology is unlikely to succeed in the wild.

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1 February 2017

Nourri de maïs, le hamster d’Europe devient fou et dévore ses propres petits [Sciences et Avenir - Animaux]

Espèce sauvage, le Grand hamster d’Alsace (Critecus critecus) voit son alimentation se standardiser à cause de la montée en puissance de la monoculture du maïs. Un régime qui provoque chez le rongeur des crises de démence aboutissant au cannibalisme de sa progéniture.

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1 February 2017

New analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers [Phys]

In the global effort to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, all options are on the table—including help from nature. Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are particularly good at drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it for hundreds to thousands of years.

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1 February 2017

Un virus de l’aile déformée, nouvelle menace pour les abeilles [Lapresse.ca]

Un virus qui déforme les ailes des abeilles sauvages mellifères réduit la durée de vie de ces insectes, déjà confrontés à de nombreuses menaces pour leur survie, indique une étude mercredi.

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