Biology

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Radioactive Refuges
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A heavily-exploited Japanese fish found sanctuary after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. 

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
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Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

The Last Trial of the Codfather
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Since his release from prison in the 1980s, Carlos Rafael has ruthlessly run his Massachusetts seafood business with little regard for the law....

The Surprising Side Effect of Anti-Anxiety Medication—on Salmon
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Salmon exposed to oxazepam migrate nearly twice as fast as their unmedicated counterparts. 

Fingerprinting a Spotted Eagle Ray
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New research confirms that spotted eagle rays’ prints are unique.

Book Review: Venomous
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Sea creatures of our nightmares come alive in a biologist’s exploration of the power of their poison.

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
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First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

Florida’s White Ibises May Be Spreading Disease
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The increasingly urban birds are carrying salmonella. 

How High Schoolers’ Hacks Fixed a Whale Snot-Collecting Drone
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SnotBot got a boost from teen roboticists. 

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
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These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Five Fishy Cases of Seafood Fraud
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Fancy some fake caviar, imaginary fish, and sushi made from an endangered species?

“Ghost Forests” Are, Surprisingly, a Sign of Resilience
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Nature is fighting sea level rise in its own way.

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef
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Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

Making a More Perfect Penguin
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A long-term study shows the subtle hand of natural selection on Argentina’s Magellanic penguins.

Pilot Whales Join the Babysitters’ Club
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Off the coast of Nova Scotia, pilot whales look out for each other.

Terminator Redux: Lionfish Edition
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A new fish trap uses artificial intelligence to target lionfish. 

Glow-in-the-Dark, Inflatable Sharks Can Also Reproduce Asexually
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Because three superpowers are better than one.

Europe’s Race to Save Its Rice
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Biologists are trying to breed a salt- and snail-resistant line of European rice.

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