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2012-01-04 09:05:41

Increase in content partnerships, growing Spanish-language text, conservation content, and images boost Encyclopedia of Life's value to scientists and general public The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL, www.eol.org) continues to expand at a record pace with the addition of new content and partners. At the start of 2012, EOL provides data on nearly half of all described species, with new content in Spanish, rich information about conservation issues from the International Union for the...

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2010-06-15 07:48:18

Will Help Determine Places with Habitat to Support Wildlife The most detailed national vegetation U.S. land-cover map to date was released yesterday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The map will enable conservation professionals to identify places in the country with sufficient habitat to support wildlife. The map, produced by the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP), can be viewed online and downloaded for free. "These data are critical for determining the status of biodiversity, as...

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2005-06-22 09:20:00

QUITO, Ecuador -- Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe. More recently, epibatidine -- the chemical which paralyzed and killed the Indians' enemies -- has been isolated to produce a pain killer 200 times more powerful than morphine, but without that drug's addictive and toxic side effects....

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2005-01-12 06:58:54

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Urban sprawl is gobbling up open spaces in fast-growing metropolitan areas so quickly that it could spell extinction for nearly 1,200 species of plants and animals, environmental groups say. The National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America and NatureServe projected that over the next 25 years, more than 22,000 acres of natural resources and habitat will be lost to development in 35 of the largest and most rapidly growing metropolitan areas. According to the groups,...