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July 17, 2017

The breeding season at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center usually begins in the middle of March and continues until August. This is the most rewarding time of the year for our staff and interns, who work...

July 12, 2017

Headlamps are the greatest invention of humankind, better than sliced bread. And by headlamps I mean small portable battery powered flashlights that come with an elastic band so that you can strap it to your...

July 12, 2017

 

It is early morning and the sun is rising over the lower Madre de Dios river. My Peruvian field assistants, Panchito and Juan, and I, step off our project boat, the Chavaropana (meaning ‘giant otter’ in...

July 11, 2017

Angel Rojas Valles met us with a warm, welcoming smile and an outstretched hand. In his other hand, he carried a plastic bag containing documents he would need to record our visit. Dressed in shorts, singlet,...

July 10, 2017

What can the friends of your friends (your friends’ friends), whom you’ve never met, say about you?  It turns out a lot.  Studies using network models to better understand “connectivity” between people or places...

July 06, 2017

DNA encodes a gold mine of information about macroorganisms and microorganisms. It is a blueprint to life that many scientists worldwide are working to unravel.

There are numerous examples of sudden...

July 06, 2017

Have you ever wondered why something is the way it is or have a theory that explains it? Why are there sudden traffic congestions with no apparent reason? Questions and hypotheses are what drive science. But...

July 05, 2017

There are some aspects of running the Andean bear conservation research program that I’d rather not share with anyone I like. Sitting by the side of the road for 24 hours waiting for the transportation to arrive...

June 30, 2017

All living things are infected with viruses.

As humans, we have viruses living in us and on us, some of which we get infected with as children and keep for life. These “persistent”...

June 30, 2017

It’s hard to see where I’m going, and I slip on a wet branch. Despite the drizzly, cool weather, I’m a little bit warm. My tail gets in the way when I try to sit down.

Why?

Because I’m wearing a...

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