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Pollination, a perfect alliance between plants and animals

Firmly rooted in soil, over the course of their evolution plants have had to develop biological mechanisms for feeding and reproduction without moving, a characteristic that differentiates them from animals which on the contrary move around to procure food and…

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International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for the Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations 1993, when the Convention of Biological Diversity agreed in Nairobi came into force, is held on 22 May each year. For several decades now, experts have shown…

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World Bee Day

Today, Monday 20 May, is World Bee Day. The aim of the day is to attract attention to the key role of these hard-working insects, sorely tried by human activities and climate changes. Bees, in fact, like other pollinating animals,…

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Threatened koalas are ‘functionally’ extinct

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), the animal that, along with the kangaroo, is the symbol of Australia, is threatened with extinction in that it is a functionally extinct species. According to the estimates of the Australian koala foundation (AKF), the organisation…

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The Piltdown Man, or the most famous hoax ever

Flat Earth, toxic vaccines, alien invasions, chemtrails… Scientific hoaxes run rife on the web since social networks came into being. And yet they are not modern inventions, such hoaxes have always existed. One of the most famous hoaxes ever concerns…

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UN alarm: one million species risk extinction

Around one million animal and plant species of the approximately 8 million estimated to be present on the Earth risks extinction. This is the alarm raised by the United Nations in the “Global Assessment”, a report presented in Paris by…

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World Penguin Day

Today, April 25th is World Penguin Day, an occasion to raise awareness on and promote the protection of the Earth’s 18 penguin species. April 25th is also the date that the Adélie penguins (the species most widespread in Antarctica) begin…

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8 March. We remember Rosalind Franklin, the great female DNA scientist.

DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher, a Swiss biochemist in 1869. It was a brilliant, but not complicated operation: DNA can be extracted from a mixture of any cells, even your own, even at home. The recipe for the…

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2018 Large Carnivores Report published

Large carnivores represent a fundamental link in the food chain and a key species for the stability of ecosystems. Their state of health may determine knock-on effects that influence animals and vegetation of the whole ecosystem to which they belong.…

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