Fences have big effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured

Millions of miles of fences crisscross the Earth's surface. They divide ecosystems and affect wild species in ways that often are harmful, but are virtually unstudied.

Wenjing Xu, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~10 min

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Why do tigers have stripes?

How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret's in their stripes!

Andrew Cushing, Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Why do tigers have different stripe patterns?

How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret's in their stripes!

Andrew Cushing, Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Watch droplets chase each other like predator and prey

Scientists have found a way to make droplets chase each other like predator and prey. It hasn't been done before in a synthetic system.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Bats use squeaks to ‘see’ prey’s future

Bats use echolocation to find out where their prey is, but also where it's headed, researchers report. And the predictions are really impressive.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Light pollution may skew mule deer and cougar dynamic

Light pollution in what is home to some of the darkest night skies in the continental US may change the dynamics between mule deer and cougars.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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Will Colorado bring back wolves? It's up to voters

For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they've been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.

Kevin Crooks, Professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology , Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~11 min

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Fish might stop swimming in schools

For millions of years, fish have formed schools as a means of survival. Mass capture fishing technologies may put an end to that.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Fish might stop swimming in schools

For millions of years, fish have formed schools as a means of survival. Mass capture fishing technologies may put an end to that.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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Live fast, die small: how global heating is simplifying the world's ecosystems

We studied a rocky shore to see how global changes are playing out within habitats.

Miguel Lurgi, Lecturer in Biosciences, Swansea University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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