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Five federally funded optical and radio telescopes in the United States could be forced to shut down over the next 3...
A 2-year budget agreement pushes back the threat of sequestration but leaves scientists still wondering how much money...
After a decade away from physics, Robert Laughlin, a Nobel laureate at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,...
Computer scientists and others have teamed up to persuade the 117 state parties to the Convention on Certain...
The swine flu pandemic of late 2009 had a peculiar aftereffect in parts of Europe: a spike in children being diagnosed...
After 20 years of trying, researchers have finally convicted massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia as the culprit in...
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ScienceShot: Yasuni Reveals Its Hidden Creatures
25 November 2010 2:01 pm
To most visitors, the slice of land deep in the far reaches of the western Amazon basin resembles any other rainforest. Even the scientists studying the region, on the northern edge of Yasuni National Park, say it is difficult to appreciate the extreme levels of biodiversity found here. So many species remain hidden from view or undescribed by science. But camera traps have begun to yield a treasure trove of images of large predator species cloaked in the darkness of night. Triggered by infrared beams planted around mineral deposits known as salt licks, the cameras have already captured five species of cats, with jaguars (pictured) and ocelots most well represented, as well as a host of other species. To see more, check out our freely available slideshow and the feature story in this week's issue of Science on how researchers are fighting to preserve this habitat.
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