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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.

Like Shazam, but for Fish
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A new device uses infrared waves to rapidly identify species and fight fish fraud.

Captains of Industry
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Five seamen who sold the world (cigarettes, rum, and spinach).

NASA Is Getting the “Before” Picture of the World’s Threatened Reefs
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The CORAL mission, launching this month, is getting the big picture view of the Pacific’s coral reefs. 

Scientists Discover a Likely Hammerhead Shark Nursery
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Endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks are thriving in Fiji’s Rewa River.

Northern California’s Farmers Want to Drop the Bass
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Chinook salmon and striped bass are the focus of a proxy war over California water rights.   

Hawai‘i’s War on the Weeds
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Researchers are conducting an air raid on one of the world’s most invasive plants.

Banned From Some Indonesian Waters, Shark Fishers Simply Move Elsewhere
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Without a clear path to alternate sources of income, shark fishers are displaced, not dissuaded.

Surf and Turd
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Sheltered beaches with weak waves stagnate and accumulate bacteria. 

Human-Grizzly Conflict Is Fueled by Desperation
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Research shows that limited marine food supply drives bears into conflict with humans in British Columbia.

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