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    Rethinking Well-being and Sustainability Measurements

    October 23, 2017

    A new study suggests that standard ways of measuring well-being and sustainability in communities used by global organizations may be missing critical information and could lead to missteps in management actions.

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    AMNH to Design All-new Halls of Gems and Minerals

    October 16, 2017

    The American Museum of Natural History announced today that it will undertake a complete redesign of its popular Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems and Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals to transform the 11,000-square-foot space into a gleaming showcase for a world-renowned collection.

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    Research Sizes Up Last Common Ancestor of Humans and Apes

    October 12, 2017

    New research suggests that the last common ancestor of apes—including great apes and humans—was much smaller than previously thought, about the size of a gibbon. The findings, published today in the journal Nature Communications, are fundamental to understanding the evolution of the human family tree.

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    Study Combines Biology, Anthropology, and Economics for More Complete Picture of Illegal Wildlife Trade

    October 11, 2017

    Wildlife trade represents a major threat to endangered species, especially in Southeast Asia, where illegal trade is widespread despite increased enforcement. In a new paper, conservation biologists argue that better success in managing trade could come from taking an interdisciplinary approach: combining data from genetic studies, anthropological interviews, and economics.

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    Early Trilobites had Stomachs

    September 21, 2017

    Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct marine animal’s digestive system.

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    Scientists Challenge DNA Sequencing Dogma

    July 31, 2017

    Next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the biological sciences, but a study published today in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that a favored sequencing method for measuring microbial biodiversity is not as accurate as once thought.