An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

Europe’s breeding bird populations have shifted on average 1 kilometer north every year for the past three decades, likely driven by the climate crisis, according to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects on biodiversity.

Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback

Endangered Vancouver Island Marmots Are Making a Comeback

Researchers looking to conserve Canada’s most endangered mammal take advantage of the creature’s seven-month hibernation season to mine footage and field data for more insights that will help the animals survive, said Adam Taylor, executive director of the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Illustration: Samuel Velasco/Quanta Magazine, Virgo/Frank Elavsky, Aaron Geller/NorthwesternAlas, the flirtation with primordial black holes soured in 2017, after a paper by Yacine Ali-Haïmoud, an astrophysicist at New York University who had previously been on the optimistic Kamionkowski team, examined how this type of black hole should affect LIGO’s detection rate.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

It’s not that I don’t like trivia (I love it!)Most odontocetes feed on fish and squid, but some, including orcas, prey on marine mammals.© Jakob de Zwart/TNC Photo Contest 2019 What’s the largest species of whale, and how big are they?

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

NIWA hazards analyst Ryan Paulik, who led the assessment, says overall 430,000 people – or nine per cent of the population – live in the zones of which 170,000 are in red and orange zones.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.Philip Trathan, also at BAS, said: “The new breeding sites are all in locations where recent model projections suggest emperor penguins will decline.

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

In the Delaware Bay especially, where spawning takes place every May and June, you can’t talk about horseshoe crab breeding – and it is a spectacle – without also talking about the migratory shorebirds, like red knots and ruddy turnstones that depend on the eggs laid by the millions every year.

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

This means that the herd immunity threshold will also be higher than 60 percent in some places and lower in others.“I think the range of R0 consistent with data for Covid-19 is larger than most people give credit to,” said Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, who has been advising health officials in Massachusetts and abroad.

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

A clip featuring a group of inmates explaining how they made a bootleg phone charger has been viewed more than 10 million times on the platform.

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

“It also means my patient population is at the bottom of the list for access to the technology that’s needed to effectively do telemedicine.”.“When you need telemedicine everywhere, you see a vulnerable population that doesn’t have the means to use it,” Harwell says.

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

And on the flip side, New Orleans, with a population density of 431 people per square kilometer, reports 1,718 cases per 10,000.Or here’s another way to look at it: According to data assembled by the Financial Times, New York City has experienced a 408 percent increase in deaths from all causes since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

Plagues don't come explicitly for one tribe or another; they don't smite a population because it's gone astray; they're neither divine punishment nor a sign of the Rapture.

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Due to extra security measures put in place during the global outbreak of Covid-19, she will have to wait a further 14 days before she can travel from prison to a post-correctional treatment facility, just in case she has been exposed to coronavirus while incarcerated.

Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard

Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard

The reason why Italy is suffering so badly, write University of Oxford researchers in a new paper in the journal Demographic Science, may be twofold: The country has the second-oldest population on earth, and its young tend to mingle more often with the elderly, like their grandparents.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

In the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area Hall and partners, including the Arizona Fish and Game Department, Bureau of Land Management, Cienega Watershed Partnership and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have built a robust Chiricahua leopard frog “metapopulation” — i.e., a group of populations separated by space.

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

The bunnies, and the digital files that described them, remained identical over many months.“This is a very initial foray into one of the more promising applications of DNA data storage: ubiquitous storage,” says Sriram Kosuri, a biochemist at UCLA who was not involved in the work.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Even so, I believe we’ll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other important resources.

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Fish and wildlife recovery can be unpopular, especially when it inconveniences the public.Great white shark predation on seal off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge at the elbow of Cape Cod. Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Is the recolonization of gray seals helping with white shark recovery?

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers will be stationed at boat ramps in the region at various times for the next five months where they will approach recreational fishers and ask them to participate in a research survey about their catch and effort when targeting rock lobsters.

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

© Jim Harding Especially galling to wood-turtle managers is that after they’ve painstakingly restored habitat and rebuilt populations, these strongholds become prime targets for poachers.

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

A Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) © Island Conservation Human introductions of pigs, goats, burros, black rats, Norway rats, house mice and house cats to the Galápagos Islands left the unique biodiversity of this World Heritage site in shambles.

The Chernobyl Disaster Might Have Also Built a Paradise

The Chernobyl Disaster Might Have Also Built a Paradise

“If you go to the most contaminated areas, like some sites in the Red Forest, on a spring day you can barely hear a single bird singing,” says Anders Møller, an ecologist at the University of Paris-Sud who has been studying Chernobyl since 1991.

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

Scientists reach new understanding of main threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins

The 18-month scientific study has discovered: The dolphins can breed earlier, live longer and are capable of faster population growth than previously thought, which makes them more resilient to human threats Scientists can accurately predict where they live using satellite data on seawater turbidity (cloudiness) and the distribution of their main prey The importance of non-fishery threats had been underestimated, including the parasite causing toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cats.

Humans Made This Planet Hell. Hopefully We Can Help Some Species Adapt

Humans Made This Planet Hell. Hopefully We Can Help Some Species Adapt

Theoretically, this genetic diversity would make the bats more resilient to climate change, because a population that’s more adapted to arid conditions can interbreed with a population that’s less so, in essence “gifting” the cold-adapted population the genes necessary to survive a warmer world.

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face. Last year, on the sidelines of FOSS4G and Understanding Risk Tanzania, a mural challenge brought together young Tanzanian artists to communicate visually about risk and resilience.

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

On Wednesday, Pew Research released a report that compares Twitter users to the rest of the US population. Pew surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,791 adult Twitter users about everything from their income and education to their thoughts on issues like race and immigration.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

The Conservation Story of the Kenya Black Leopard

The Conservation Story of the Kenya Black Leopard

The melanistic leopards were filmed in Lorok, Laikipia County, Kenya on remote cameras that were set up as part of a large-scale study aimed at understanding the population dynamics of leopards in Mpala and Loisaba Conservancies .