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Now hiring ecologists in Singapore

Now hiring ecologists in Singapore

March 20, 2015

On March 17th, the Smithsonian Institution signed a memorandum of understanding with Nanyang Technological University to expand both science and education related to two global environmental monitoring networks pioneered at the STRI...

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Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Captivity

Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Captivity

March 16, 2015

The tiny dart frog species only grows to 14 millimeters and was first collected and described last year from a small area in central Panama...

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Reef shutdown

Reef shutdown

March 09, 2015

A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panamá were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years...

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Panama Canal Fossils:

Panama Canal Fossils:

March 02, 2015

As the expansion nears completion, researchers have logged more than 6,000 days in the field. They located fossils, mapped geological formations, collected samples and described the geological setting...

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Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

February 23, 2015

Natural ups and downs in the numbers of a tropical lizard species may be a result of global-scale El Niño events, according to a unique 40-year census conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama...

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Mysterious mangrove moth

Mysterious mangrove moth

February 13, 2015

Earlier this month, bloggers in Bocas Del Toro drew attention to an island in Dolphin Bay near Bocatorito where red mangrove trees are drying out...

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Orchid bees in the fast lane

Orchid bees in the fast lane

February 09, 2015

To test a controversial theory about what sets the pace of life, scientists worked at the Smithsonian in Panama to compare metabolism and membrane lipid composition of 22 species of orchid bees of different sizes...

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Squeezing through the energetic bottleneck

Squeezing through the energetic bottleneck

February 02, 2015

The tiny transmitters Dina Dechmann places on bats cannot surpass five percent of their body mass...

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What do we know about the possible effects of climate change on tropical forests and reefs?

What do we know about the possible effects of climate change on tropical forests and reefs?

January 26, 2015

There’s broad agreement in the scientific community that the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at levels the Earth has not seen for 650 thousand years is reaching a point at which we cannot confidently predict the outcome...

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Smithsonian Scientists Explain Spread of Chikungunya Vector Tropical Disease Detected in US Last Year

Smithsonian Scientists Explain Spread of Chikungunya Vector Tropical Disease Detected in US Last Year

January 19, 2015

The tropical disease chikungunya began twisting Western tongues last July when the first locally transmitted case was reported in Florida...

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