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this seems like a lovely way of honouring ben barres
This seems like a lovely way of honouring Ben Barres
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heres approx 20 of all the remaining achatinella fulgens chilling out on a few leaves i just kept thinking ple
Here’s approx 20% of all the remaining Achatinella fulgens, chilling out on a few leaves. I just kept thinking “Please don’t drop your phone on them.”
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heres what the worlds population of achatinella fuscobasis looks like
Here’s what the world’s population of Achatinella fuscobasis looks like.
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here are some photos from my reporting trip first the cabinets described in the piece a sad ark hospice for 30
Here are some photos from my reporting trip. First, the cabinets described in the piece. A sad ark/hospice for 30+ species, most of which are either extinct in the wild or about to be.
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this is the piece
This is the piece:
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when people are caring for an animals last known representative extinctionan often abstract conceptbecomes pai
“When people are caring for an animal’s last known representative, extinction—an often abstract concept—becomes painfully concrete. It happens on their watch, in real time. It leaves behind a body.”
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theres a trailer in hawaii that houses the last survivors of 30 species of snail i wrote about the people who
There’s a trailer in Hawaii that houses the last survivors of 30+ species of snail. I wrote about the people who care for them, the incredible burden of witnessing extinction in real time, and the emotional cost of trying to avert it.
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lots of people release monarch butterflies that were bred in captivity by commercial suppliers or hand reared
Lots of people release monarch butterflies that were bred in captivity by commercial suppliers, or hand-reared at home, with the aim of bolstering wild populations. But a new study suggests that these butterflies won’t migrate
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for those of you who get the print edition of the atlantic i have a story in the front half that im proud of a
For those of you who get the print edition of the Atlantic, I have a story in the front half that I’m proud of and hope you’ll read. It’s about extinction, and how people cope with the burden of averting it. Everyone else can read it tomorrow when it goes up online.
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small study endurance boosting effect is small and in mice no sig differences in prevalence of the magic micr
- Small study
- Endurance-boosting effect is small, and in mice
- No sig differences in prevalence of the magic microbe between human marathoners & non-runners
- But sure, start a company

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when scientists say bears are going extinct i want people to realize what it looks like says photographer paul
"When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like," says photographer Paul Nicklen. "Bears are going to starve to death."
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hey remember that viral video of a baby bear climbing up a snowy cliff to its mother it s not a life affirming
Hey, remember that viral video of a baby bear climbing up a snowy cliff to its mother?

It's not a life-affirming tale of persistence. The bears were fleeing from the drone that was filming and harassing them.

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the mariana trench is the deepest part of the ocean 12 miles deeper than everest is tall the animals living at
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean, 1.2 miles deeper than Everest is tall.

The animals living at its bottom have plastic in their guts.

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inspired by hidden figures a team of researchers scoured the acknowledgements of old genetics papers amp uncov
Inspired by Hidden Figures, a team of researchers scoured the acknowledgements of old genetics papers & uncovered the names of many women programmers, who made important contributions but were never given authorship.
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i ve spent 2 years tracking the gender balance in my stories in that time i ve raised the proportion of women
I've spent 2 years tracking the gender balance in my stories. In that time, I've raised the proportion of women whom I quote from 25% to 50%. Here's why I did it, and what I learned on the way.
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never before in recorded history has a single disease burned down so much of the tree of life new estimates sh
Never before in recorded history has a single disease burned down so much of the tree of life. New estimates show that the doomsday fungus called Bd has caused the decline of over 500 species and the extinction of at least 90.
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now they ve done it they ve pissed off aquaman
Now they've done it. They've pissed off Aquaman
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our planetnetflixs answer to planet earthis a big budget wildlife documentary that finally forces viewers to a
Our Planet—Netflix’s answer to Planet Earth—is a big-budget wildlife documentary that *finally* forces viewers to acknowledge their complicity in the decline of nature, *throughout* each episode. It’s a hugely important shift.
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in the late 80s an inuit hunter killed a strange whale and kept its skull on his roof for years a new study fi
In the late 80s, an Inuit hunter killed a strange whale and kept its skull on his roof for years. A new study finally confirms that the animal was a narluga--a hybrid whale born to a beluga father and a narwhal mother.
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dnaerys
DNAerys
Total(1) => 0.87081789970398 f_f_QM(2) => 0.38834595680237 indS(2) => 0.09737491607666 indM(2) => 0.28381085395813 indM_1(2) => 0.20845508575439 indM_2(2) => 0.004805326461792 indM_4(2) => 0.0058200359344482 indM_5(2) => 0.029309034347534 indM_6(2) => 0.0032320022583008 indM_7(2) => 0.0061419010162354 indM_8(2) => 0.0042209625244141 indM_9(2) => 0.011809825897217 indM_10(2) => 0.009645938873291 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.47694706916809 f_f_dT(20) => 0.47666072845459