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2010-10-27 08:55:00

Nearly one out of every five vertebrates in the world are currently threatened with extinction--and things would be worse were it not for the efforts of conservationists across the globe--a new study set to be published in the journal Science has discovered. The research, carried out by a team of 174 international scientists, analyzed data from some 25,000 species currently listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species to discover the...

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2010-09-22 07:25:00

Researchers may have discovered a new species of the giant elephant shrew in a remote Kenyan forest. The scientists said on Tuesday that they captured images of the shrew on camera-traps in the Boni-Dodori forest along Kenya's northeastern coast while they were researching biodiversity.  "It is believed to be a new species of giant sengi, otherwise known as an elephant shrew (Macroscelidea)," the conservationists from the Zoological Society of London and the Kenya Wildlife Services...

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2010-08-26 12:40:00

The evolutionary history of the Thaumoctopus mimicus lineage reveals the steps it took to become a master of disguise Paul the Octopus"”the eight-legged oracle who made international headlines with his amazingly accurate football forecasting"”isn't the only talented cephalopod in the sea. The Indonesian mimic octopus, which can impersonate flatfish and sea snakes to dupe potential predators, may well give Paul a run for his money when it comes to "see-worthy" skills. By creatively...

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2010-08-12 06:10:00

Fossilized bones from two ancient animals in Ethiopia show signs of human butchering, pushing back the earliest known evidence for the use of stone tools by nearly a million years, according to researchers.  The bones appear to have been butchered about 3.4 million years ago, and are the first evidence of the use of stone tools for meat consumption by Australopithecus afarensis, the species best known for the fossil called "Lucy," Zeresenay Alemseged, Curator of Anthropology at the...

2009-12-23 16:58:56

New study finds that the average ecosystem will need to shift about a quarter mile per year to keep pace with global climate change From beetles to barnacles, pikas to pine warblers, many species are already on the move in response to shifting climate regimes. But how fast will they - and their habitats - have to move to keep pace with global climate change over the next century? In a new study, a team of scientists including Dr. Healy Hamilton from the California Academy of Sciences have...

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2009-12-15 09:02:14

Ranging from mosses to eels, spanning four continents and two oceans, these discoveries add to the family tree of life on Earth In 2009, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 94 new relatives to our family tree. The new species include 65 arthropods, 14 plants, eight fishes, five sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal. They were described by two dozen Academy scientists along with several dozen international collaborators. Proving that there are still plenty of places...

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2009-11-13 07:55:00

Breeding program offers new opportunities to understand a little-studied species, and introduce the public to these fascinating creatures Anchored to an algae-covered rock in a 120-gallon tank at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium, a cluster of inky-colored cuttlefish eggs is beginning to swell"”evidence of success for the Academy's new captive breeding program for dwarf cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis. The program, pioneered by Academy biologist Richard Ross, is the...

2009-11-12 16:45:00

HOUSTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U.S. Concrete, Inc., (Nasdaq: RMIX) announced today that it has won the 2009 GreenSite Award in the Institutional category for outstanding sustainability practices in concrete construction, an award bestowed by The Concrete Producer, a Hanley Wood Business Media Company. The award was for the production of environmentally-friendly concrete in the construction of The California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco, California....

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2009-09-22 09:15:00

Ancient and bizarre fish named by California Academy of Sciences researchers New species are not just discovered in exotic locales"”even places as urban as California still yield discoveries of new plants and animals. Academy scientists recently named a new species of chimaera, an ancient and bizarre group of fishes distantly related to sharks, from the coast of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico. The new species, the Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus...

2009-06-15 14:35:00

Dr. Robert Drewes calls the naming of Phallus drewesii, discovered on the African island of Sao Tome, a 'wonderful honor' It's two inches long, grows on wood, and is shaped like a phallus. A new species of stinkhorn mushroom, Phallus drewesii, has been discovered on the African island of Sao Tome and graces the upcoming cover of the journal Mycologia. The mushroom is named after Robert Drewes, Curator of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences, and is described in the...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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