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Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

August 21, 2015

Arachnophobes fearful of spiders jumping, creeping or falling into their beds now have something new to worry about. Some spiders might also glide in through the window....

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El Niño sets record in Panama Canal Watershed

El Niño sets record in Panama Canal Watershed

August 14, 2015

The drought is due to a strengthening El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event, a cyclical warming of Pacific Ocean waters that disrupts weather around the globe...

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Beeline Flights Through The Dark

Beeline Flights Through The Dark

August 07, 2015

Animal physiologist Julia Schuckel spends much of her time in a tiny, windowless lab, cocooned by high-tech equipment...

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Star gazing from the sea floor

Star gazing from the sea floor

July 31, 2015

The kiddie pool Lauren Sumner-Rooney unfolds on the dock at the Bocas Del Toro Research Station isn’t for relaxing at sundown after a long day of fieldwork...

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New reef fish found off Curaçao

New reef fish found off Curaçao

July 24, 2015

The fish takes its name, published in the journal ZooKeys on July 17, from Substation Curaçao’s Curasub, a submersible that caters to tourists, adventurers and researchers...

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Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

July 20, 2015

The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the further they’re found from the tropics...

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What does El Niño mean for Panama this year?

What does El Niño mean for Panama this year?

July 13, 2015

On the Panama Canal's Barro Colorado Island where the Smithsonian has measured rainfall since 1925, June 2015 was the third driest on record...

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Do plant alchemists brew tropical diversity?

Do plant alchemists brew tropical diversity?

July 03, 2015

As its name suggests, the tropical plant genus Psychotria is laced with mind-bending chemicals. Tens of thousands of chemicals are produced in the leaves, wood and fruit of some 2000 Psychotria species...

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More Pygmy Sloths in Panama Than Previously Estimated

More Pygmy Sloths in Panama Than Previously Estimated

June 26, 2015

A Smithsonian scientist found that pygmy sloths wander inland in addition to inhabiting the mangrove fringes of their island refuge...

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The Majority Rules When Baboons Vote With Their Feet

The Majority Rules When Baboons Vote With Their Feet

June 19, 2015

Olive baboon troops decide where to move democratically, despite their hierarchical social order, according to a new report in Science magazine by Smithsonian researchers and colleagues...

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