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22 February 2017

Blood ties fuel cooperation among species, not survival instinct [Phys]

Cooperative breeding, when adults in a group team up to care for offspring, is not a survival strategy for animals living in extreme environments. It is instead a natural result of monogamous relationships reinforcing stronger genetic bonds in family groups. Siblings with full biological ties are more likely than others to stay with their family and help day to day, a new Oxford University study has found.

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22 February 2017

Natura 2000: les Etats s’en balancent [Journal de l’environnement]

La Cour européenne des comptes publie un rapport très critique sur la gestion, le financement et le suivi de la pierre angulaire de l’Union en matière de sauvegarde de la biodiversité. Principaux responsables: les Etats et leur peu d’empressement à mener le processus à terme et à le financer.

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22 February 2017

Anthropocène : une nouvelle une « ère géologique » ? [The Conversation]

Certains voudraient en faire une ère géologique parce que l’influence de l’Homme est globale. Raison pour laquelle le nom est construit de la même façon que certaines autres subdivisions de l’échelle des temps (...)

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22 February 2017

Buttercups focus light to heat their flowers and attract insects [New Scientist]

Buttercups have a trick for warming their flowers that may be unique to this group of plants.

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22 February 2017

New study gives weight to Darwin’s theory of ’living fossils’ [Phys]

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol studying the ’living fossil’ Sphenodon - or tuatara - have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin’s theory of ’living fossils’.

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