Ideas

Taking a Buyout from the Beach
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A market-based initiative could help people escape from deteriorating beaches.

Even Scientists Are Biased Toward Cute Animals
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In the conservation science literature, some animals get way more attention than others. 

Don’t Fear the Jellygeddon
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Reports of the pending jellyfish apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.

Sizing Up the Tsunami Threat
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Scientists are surveying the East Coast for signs of tsunami-generating submarine landslides.

The Little Man Who Soared
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On Haida Gwaii, indigenous artists carved portraits of the strange newcomers who landed on their shores.

Are We Overvaluing Reef Sharks?
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Most sharks are not apex predators—so why do we keep talking as if they are?

Killer Whales Are Bullies, and Humpbacks Are Bouncers
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Humpback whales seem to protect other species from killer whale attacks.

The Plan to Ship Oil Through the “Graveyard of the Pacific”
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The largest oil-by-rail terminal in the US would double oil shipments through the Columbia River.

Closing the Port to Illegal Fishers
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A new international agreement should help strip illegal fishers’ access to the market.

The Evolutionary Trick that Lets Bowhead Whales Grow So Big
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Young bowhead whales may deconstruct their own bones to help fuel the growth of their huge baleen. 

The Climate Anxiety Doctor Is “In”
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A Providence poet is taking to the park to counsel residents about their climate woes.

Shrinking the Keystone
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New research is weakening the rule of the original keystone species and, in the process, complicating an iconic idea in ecological science.

Pulling at the Heartstrings Loosens the Purse Strings
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New research shows ecotourists are more likely to contribute to conservation efforts if they feel connected to the cause and talk about it. 

It’s a Bird, It’s a Mask, It’s Puffin Man!
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The past and future are in full flower on Kodiak Island as an indigenous culture reclaims its artistic roots.

This Scientist Is Making Batteries Out of Recycled Crab Shells
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Shellfish chitin is a starting material ripe for chemical modification.

The Hangover of Coral Bleaching
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Even if a reef recovers from bleaching, the damage is already done to future generations.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Filipino Fishers Recount the Region’s Disappearing Species
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Interviews with fishers reveal a long-term record of species change. 

The Seed for Disease Is Blowing in the Wind
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Saharan dust plumes link ecosystems across the globe, but these connections can be deadly.

Sperm Whales Have an “Eve”
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New research reveals that every sperm whale in the world can be traced to a single female.

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
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New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

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