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Carnivore Mystery: Why Fishers Thrive in East, Not West

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

For weasel-like fishers it’s a good time to live in the East. The fierce little carnivores are reclaiming historic habitats, including the Bronx, New York, where police have photographed one fisher. But it’s a different story for fishers in the West, which haven’t been as successful in repopulating areas they once roamed in the Pacific

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Caught on Camera: Tree-Dwelling Orangutans on Ground

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

When researchers in Borneo set up camera traps to monitor tropical mammals on the ground, they didn’t expect to be photobombed by orangutans. In the wild, humans rarely see the red apes come down from the trees, says Dr. Rahel Sollmann, an NC State postdoctoral researcher in fisheries and wildlife. Sollmann helped analyze a database

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A Wealth of Wildlife, Right in the Backyard

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Zoologist Roland Kays travels the world to study rare species, so he calls it a “cool surprise” to find a wealth of wildlife in the suburban backyards of Raleigh and Durham, N.C. “As scientists, we’ve traditionally thought of residential areas as non-habitat,” says Kays, a faculty member at NC State University and the North Carolina

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The Origin of Flowers: Tree Experts Help Unravel Evolutionary Mystery

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

NC State scientists had a hand in a massive research project highlighted in Science that sheds light on how flowering plants suddenly came into prominence more than 200 million years ago – what Charles Darwin referred to as an “abominable mystery” of evolution. A team of scientists sequenced the genome of Amborella trichopoda, a rare

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Rainforest Life: Food Versus Fear

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

For a rainforest animal like the agouti, life revolves around the tension between food and fear. While foraging for seeds from the black palm tree, the rabbit-sized rodent has to avoid hungry ocelots. Living in an area where food is scarce greatly increases an agouti’s willingness to venture out of its burrow between sunset and

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