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Every flood drives destructive Asian carp further into North American waters

Every flood drives destructive Asian carp further into North American waters

As spring arrives, so do the floods. The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting intense flooding in the Midwest. The good news is that the floods are predicted to be less severe than those in 2019 that cost the Midwest but they’re still coming — and they may bring in some unwanted visitors.Scientists have long feared the arrival of silver and bighead carp — invasive fish native to Asia — to the Great Lakes. Invasive carp are already found in  in the Mississippi River Basin and its tributaries. Another extreme flooding event could allow carp to move further...

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Freshwater species boom in the time of the insect apocalypse

Freshwater species boom in the time of the insect apocalypse

The insect apocalypse is . It is estimated that over 50 percent of insect species since 1970, and currently 41 percent of insect are . But new research from a team in Germany shows it’s not all black and white — rather, it’s terrestrial and freshwater. A study published in found that while terrestrial insect abundance has declined by 9 percent, freshwater species have increased by 11 percent. This complicates the idea of the insect apocalypse — while many species are at risk of disappearing altogether, land use changes and conservation play a large role in the narrative of disappearing...

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Even vampire bats do social distancing when their friends are sick

Even vampire bats do social distancing when their friends are sick

A common way illnesses move is through – touching hands or hugging, having close conversations, and being coughed or on are all common ways that pathogens are spread. But the intricacies of how sickness spreads are of increasing importance as diseases like spread around the world, prompting questions about what we really know about transmission.“Epidemiological models have tried to predict how pathogens spread, assuming all interactions are the same," said Sebastian Stockmaier, a PhD student at the University of Texas. But this isn’t always the case.New research, led by Stockmaier and...

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