Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

Blue whale hearts pump as slowly as 2 beats per minute

Blue whale hearts work at extremes—from just 2 beats per minute when diving up to a maximum of 37 beats per minute at the ocean surface.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Nov. 26, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology conservation hearts oceans size whales

4 ways to keep your lights from harming insects

Light pollution negatively affects thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps, and other insects. Here's how to minimize the harm from your bulbs.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation insects light pollution sustainability

This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology communication conservation frogs mating-call predators

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation dna dogs lizards reptiles

Ankle bracelets for hippos could keep them safe

"If you don't know where a hippo goes, how in the world can you design a thoughtful management plan?"

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation hippos rivers

Earth has lots of wild spaces, but they’re fragile

There's still an opportunity to protect vast, relatively wild spaces for the benefit of people and other living species, research finds.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation land

South Atlantic humpback whales make a comeback

After a near miss with extinction, a population of South Atlantic humpback whales is on the rise.

U. Washington | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation extinction oceans whales

Right whales ‘whisper’ to their kids to avoid predators

To steer clear of predators like orcas, right whales tone down their vocalizations, which "can be thought of almost like a human whisper."

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured science-and-technology communication conservation endangered-species mothers oceans predators whales

Hiding spots and predators benefit reef fish

New research finds that reef fish populations depend on two things: good hiding spots and a resident predator.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs ecosystem fish predators

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