Vampire finches: how little birds in the Galápagos evolved to drink blood

Finches have evolved to feed off blood from red-footed and Nazca boobies – and we've seen it first-hand.

Jaime Chaves, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, San Francisco State University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Vampire finches: how little birds in the Galápagos got a taste for big bird blood

Finches have evolved to feed off blood from red-footed and Nazca boobies – and we've seen it first-hand.

Jaime Chaves, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolution, San Francisco State University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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W.E.B. Du Bois embraced science to fight racism as editor of NAACP's magazine The Crisis

As editor of the magazine for 24 years, Du Bois featured articles about biology, evolution, archaeology in Africa and more to refute the rampant scientific racism of the early 20th century.

Jordan Besek, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University at Buffalo • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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