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  • 24 Jul 1998

    The beetles boast more species than any other plant or animal group--330,000 in their order, Coleoptera.

  • 17 Jul 1998

    Chemical warfare is nothing new to insects--or the researchers who study them.

  • 15 Jul 1998

    Seeing a familiar bird in Hawaii may make someone from the mainland United States feel more at home. But such species that invade new habitats also can displace native species.

  • 7 Jul 1998

    The saplings that sprout up in denuded rainforest might seem to herald a recovery.

  • 25 Jun 1998

    ScienceNOW wishes a happy birthday to Thomas Eisner, 69, considered the founder of chemical ecology. An entomologist at Cornell University, Eisner has earned renown for discovering many of the intricate ways that insects court, communicate, and defend themselves with chemicals.

  • 18 Jun 1998

    Finicky females have long mystified both suitors and evolutionary biologists, particularly when the female tends to pick the most flamboyant male--even if he doesn't appear to have any other redeeming qualities.

  • 16 Jun 1998

    Scientists have assumed that some ant species are smart, while others are social--never both at the same time.

  • 2 Jun 1998

    David Western, the conservation biologist who has headed the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) since 1994, was ousted on 21 May and reinstated 6 days later for a 9-month term by Kenya President Daniel arap Moi.

  • 6 May 1998

    Scientists have measured remarkably high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the soil near dead trees on the flanks of California's Mammoth Mountain, a dormant volcano.

  • 6 May 1998

    Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt today proclaimed 29 species once on the brink of extinction--including the bald eagle, gray wolf, and peregrine falcon--healthy enough to be removed from the endangered species list.

  • 4 May 1998

    Cutting corners is a bad idea if you want to help rainforests grow. That's because square tropical forest fragments aren't hospitable to shade-loving seedlings, according to a report in the May issue of Conservation Biology.

  • 1 May 1998

    Nostalgia may be one good reason for restoring bison to the North American plains, but now there's a scientific incentive as well: Bison appear to help keep grassland ecosystems healthy.

  • 27 Apr 1998

    Naturalist John James Audubon, renowned for his intricate paintings of North American birds, was born on 26 April 1785 in what is now Haiti. Audubon grew up in France and emigrated to the United States in 1803.

  • 21 Apr 1998

    Reading the lay of the land can lead biologists to biodiversity hotspots. Landscapes with great variation in slope, soil, and other characteristics tend to shelter more species than do featureless areas, according to two studies appearing in the current issue of Conservation Biology.

  • 10 Apr 1998

    Scientists have solved the puzzle of a mysterious disease that 3 years ago wiped out a third of the coral at some reefs off the Florida Keys.

  • 6 Mar 1998

    The delicate balance between wolves and moose in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park has been a case study in ecology textbooks for years. Now that famous predator-prey relationship may be in jeopardy: Yesterday, biologists announced that half the island's wolves have died since last winter.

  • 19 Feb 1998

    Animals that chomp on young plants may actually be doing them a favor, according to a study in this week's Science.

  • 13 Feb 1998

    Ecologists have unraveled an intricate skein of interactions among forest species that may govern upsurges of Lyme disease and tree-ravaging gypsy moths.

  • 12 Feb 1998

    Long a symbol of life and fertility in Eastern cultures, the fig tree has now shown that its sexual prowess is tops in the plant kingdom, at least in one respect: It appears to hold the distance record for how far its pollen routinely travels to fertilize other fig trees.

  • 6 Feb 1998

    They aren't as cuddly as panda bears or as majestic as bald eagles, but leeches have found a champion. The pharmaceutical company Glaxo Wellcome has donated 54,000 pounds ($88,500) toward the well-being of the medicinal leech, a threatened species in the U.K.

  • 5 Feb 1998

    Faced with declining fish stocks, managers have been forced to limit commercial fishing strictly in some waters, including the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, to prevent total collapse.

  • 7 Jan 1998

    Harsh restrictions imposed on New England's fishing fleets over the last 2 years to save disappearing fish stocks are scientifically sound, according to a report released today by the National Research Council.

  • 5 Jan 1998

    BOSTON--A hot bath may be just the remedy for a cold or the flu, but for corals, at least, it could mean death.

  • 9 Dec 1997

    To protect commercially important fishes from being overharvested, regulators need better ways to count them, says a report to be released tomorrow by the National Research Council.

  • 18 Nov 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Corals in the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean are getting sick faster than ever, according to the latest field results from an extensive monitoring project.

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