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By Rafe Sagarin / On October 8th, 2012

Everyone knows that sea otters are adorable, and larger numbers of people are learning that they play a key role in maintaining ecosystem diversity by preventing sea urchin populations from turning into kelp-forest mowing swarms that leave “urchin...

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By Charles C. Chester / On October 2nd, 2012

The US National Park Service protects National Seashores, National Battlefields, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Memorials, and even National Parks. In total, the agency manages 397 “units” across the country and its territories.

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By Michael Branch / On September 25th, 2012

In a 2006 article [PDF] in The American Naturalist, a small herd of perfectly respectable conservation biologists advocates a bold ecological restoration project they...

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By Admin / On September 11th, 2012

Emily Monosson chats with Karen Weintraub of the Boston Globe Karen Weintraub...

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By Admin / On September 7th, 2012

This excellent post at The Fisheries Blog  uses a vist to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's kelp forest to...

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By Admin / On September 6th, 2012

From the Harvard Gazette Life evolved in a toxic world long before humans began polluting it, according to a ...

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By Rafe Sagarin / On September 4th, 2012

I don’t often endorse late-summer-multiplex-popcorn-with-butter-like-topping fare, but Premium Rush is, for what it is, phenomenal.  It’s true, if you watch the...

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By Rafe Sagarin / On August 21st, 2012

“Big Data” is getting big coverage. For example, this recent column in the New York Times that captures...

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By Jason Leppig / On August 17th, 2012

This week's #forewordFriday comes from two authors that want to expand the methodological toolbox used by...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On August 16th, 2012

The July 26 editorial "Logging for spotted owls" dismisses decades of scientific research by touting one new study that suggests "heavy thinning" (aka, clear-...

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