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Green Sidewalk is Electrifying

Utilizing innovative technology to transform physical impact into electricity, PaveGen is literally, as the company tagline describes, “Generating Energy from footsteps.”

by |October 14, 2011

Ecological and Urban Resilience

Resilience science has been evolving over the past decade, expanding beyond ecology to reflect systems of thinking in fields such as economics and political science. And, as more and more people move into densely populated cities, using massive amounts of water, energy, and other resources, the need to combine these disciplines to consider the resilience of urban ecosystems and cities is of paramount importance.

by |October 12, 2011

Cycle of Abuse Among Nazca Boobies

Researchers studying Nazca boobies of the Galápagos Islands found high correlations between degree of aggressive behavior among adults and the amount of abuse they endured as nestlings. The findings have implications for those who study human psychology and behavior, as some social scientists argue that abused children are statistically more likely to become abusers later in life.

by |October 11, 2011

Polyandrous Mouse Lemurs – The Larger the Better

Researchers report that larger female mouse lemurs mate with more male partners at once than smaller females. The findings have implications for polyandry and other mating systems.

by |October 10, 2011

Critter Corner: News Roundup on Biodiversity – Week of 10/3

Read more about how humans are just modified fish, the discovery of a rare seahorse, the relationship between climate change, elk, and aspen, and the the structure of ambrosia beetle colonies in this week’s edition of The Critter Corner.

by |October 7, 2011

This Year in Conservation – FREE Panel Discussion

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is hosting a free evening program on Wednesday, October 12.

by |October 7, 2011

Wasteland Transformed into Magnificent Freshkills Park

Odors of putrid garbage and mismanaged waste are being replaced by fragrant grass and flowers at Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, once the world’s biggest landfill.

by |October 5, 2011

Humans Continue to Evolve

Modern day human evolution is a contentious topic, but an array of recent studies indicate that our species is still evolving.

by |October 4, 2011

Reintroduction Boot Camp for Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

Animal keepers at the National Zoo’s conservation center recently sent 26 black-footed ferrets to a critter boot camp to help the endangered species learn the necessary skills to survive in the wild.

by |October 3, 2011

Evolution Battles – Parent and Offspring Rivalry

From an evolutionary perspective, kin are worth assisting in direct relationship to their blood relatedness, or the probability that two individuals share genes. Though it can be difficult at first to think in these mathematically terms, inclusive fitness, parent-offspring conflict and sibling-sibling conflict radically transform our understanding of animal behavior and evolution.

by |September 30, 2011