News: Biodiversity and Sustainability

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Central Texas Salamanders, Including Newly Identified Species, At Risk of Extinction

More severe droughts caused by climate change and increasing water use in Central Texas have left groundwater salamanders “highly vulnerable to extinction.”

This newly identified, unnamed salamander lives near the Pedernales river west of Austin, Texas.

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Evolution Used Same Genetic Formula to Turn Animals Monogamous

In five cases where vertebrates evolved monogamy, the same changes in gene expression occurred each time.

The non-monogamous strawberry poison frog is pictured on the left and the monogamous mimic poison frog is pictured on the right.

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Females Prefer City Frogs’ Tunes

Urban sophistication has real sex appeal — at least if you’re a Central American amphibian. Male frogs in cities are more attractive to females than...

Two chirping frogs on soil face opposite directions


Visualizing Science 2018: Beauty and Inspiration in College Research

Winners of the 2018 Visualizing Science contest include images of nanomaterials, the connection between chaos and electronics and a glimpse into the aural lives of...

A pseudocolored transmission electron micrograph of nanodroplets filled with paramagnetic metals and perfluorocarbon materials.

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Common Weed Killer Linked to Bee Deaths

The world’s most widely used weed killer, Roundup, causes honey bees to lose some of their beneficial bacteria and are more susceptible to infection and...

Honey bee.


5 Things Scientists Say to Try in Your Yard This Spring

Closeup of coral honeysuckle blooms

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New Falcon Cam Offers Live Viewing of UT Tower’s Resident Raptor

Large gray and brown falcon perched on the edge of a building looks into the camera

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Study of Secret Sex Lives of Trees Finds Tiny Bees Play Big Part

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting the genetic diversity that protects against...

A stingless bee approaches a cluster of floewrs


Scientists on the Trail of Central Texas’ Elusive Satan Fish

The fish are part of a project to monitor the overall ecological health of Central Texas aquifers and better understand how water flows through them.

X-ray image of a fish from above and from the side