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Common starfish cannot survive amplified marine heatwaves projected at the end of the century and experience lasting negative effects from current heatwaves, according to...

Sea star listed as critically endangered

The iconic sunflower sea star has been listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature following a groundbreaking population study.

Remote Hawaiian island harbors last land snails of their kind

The island of Nihoa, a slice of jagged rock that juts out of the Pacific Ocean, is the sole refuge for a rediscovered species...

Pilot whale study reveals copycat calls to outsmart predators

New research has found southern Australian long-finned pilot whales are able to mimic the calls of its natural predator and food rival - the...

Area burned by severe fire increased 8-fold in western US over past four decades

The number of wildfires and the amount of land they consume in the western US has substantially increased since the 1980s, a trend often...

A new species of rare phylum Loricifera discovered in the deep-sea surrounding Japan

The Loricifera is a microscopic, sediment-dwelling marine invertebrate, with a head covered in over 200 spines and an abdomen with a protective shell -...

Zebra finches amazing at unmasking the bird behind the song

Like humans who can instantly tell which friend or relative is calling by the timbre of the person's voice, zebra finches have a near-human...

First map of bee species around the globe

There are over 20,000 species of bee, but accurate data about how these species are spread across the globe are sparse. However, researchers have...

Deafening insects mask true biodiversity assessed via acoustic surveys in Japan

Ecologists have been using recordings of animal noises to assess biodiversity in sub-tropical Japan. The team assessed how effective these acoustic surveys were for...

Rats are capable of transmitting hantavirus

Researchers have confirmed Germany's first-ever case of animal-to-human transmission involving a specific species of virus known as the 'Seoul virus'. Researchers were able to...

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