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Rwanda Dispatch

Aimable Twahirwa

14 September 2021

Kigali, Rwanda

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A pilot program is using drones to spray anti-Malaria pesticides in high-incidence regions. The spraying drones have a 10-liter on-board tank that holds a biological insecticide, which uses bacteria that impacts larva...

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Katherine Latham

8 September 2021

United Kingdom

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Ancient trees like the Big Belly Oak, which grows to be hundreds of years old, provide substance to thousands of invertebrate species, and hundreds of species of lichen and fungi. However, due to changes in forest man...

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Erica Lenti

1 September 2021

Orange, Massachusetts, United States

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Trans Doe Task Force is a nonprofit project by two professional genetic genealogists that works to solve cold cases involving missing and murdered trans people. Trans people are at greater risk of violence. When their...

Atlas Obscura

Ashley Stimpson

27 July 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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The endangered San Francisco garter snake has made a comeback due to conservation efforts at the San Francisco International airport. They built ponds and wetlands to make the conditions ideal for the snake to thrive ...

Knowable Magazine

Katarina Zimmer

22 July 2021

Guinea-Bissau

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Mangrove forests are known to be excellent storers of carbon and hosts of biodiversity, but they are also able to protect communities on coastlines from storm surge. However, many of the projects to restore these fore...

Yes! Magazine

Lindsay VanSomeren

14 July 2021

Port Angeles, Washington, United States

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After decades of collaboration between the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington state, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations, the Elwha River dams were taken down to restore fish populations a...

The Colorado Sun

Jennifer Brown

12 July 2021

Colorado, United States

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A joint project between Wyoming and Colorado screens newborns for spinal muscular atrophy, allowing them to receive gene therapies to prevent the deadly disease’s progression. Once researchers identified a protein mis...

Gastropod

Nicola Twilley

Cynthia Graber

Geoff Manaugh

22 June 2021

Barrow Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Off the coast of Australia, the energy company Chevron is experimenting with new quarantine management techniques to ensure that any plants and pests don’t hitchhike to new places, which can devastate the global food ...

Sifted

Freya Pratty

22 June 2021

Israel

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For the past 200 years, crops have been bred for yield, for feeding livestock, rather than nutritional value. However, as more people shift away from meat the industry is looking to produce crops for flavor and nutrit...

Hakai Magazine

Moira Donovan

13 May 2021

Nova Scotia, Canada

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The invasive European green crab was wreaking havoc on the soft-shell clam fishery in Nova Scotia. But fishers, researchers, and park officials worked together to remove as many of them as possible and find an alterna...

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Celestina Olulode

11 May 2021

Louisiana, United States

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After oil and gas platforms reach the end of their working lives, some are being turned into artificial reefs that can create new ecosystems in the ocean. Since the 1980s, 550 platforms have been reefed in the Gulf of...

BBC

Veronika Perkova

5 May 2021

Placencia, Belize

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After a hurricane hit the coast of Belize in 2001, it essentially destroyed the coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Lisa Carne wanted to start transplanting coral to regrow the reefs, but it took five yea...

BBC

Nick Holland

4 May 2021

Papua New Guinea

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After remote Indigenous communities in Papau New Guinea set aside some of their land as conservation areas, they wanted to know if it was working. With the help from scientists and The Nature Conservancy, they were ab...

The New York Times

Virginia Hughes

3 May 2021

Kentland, Indiana, United States

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Genetic genealogy's use in criminal cases has gone mainstream. As the cases of three murder victims in Indiana illustrate, the science of DNA evidence combined with genealogical research and detective work is rapidly ...

Atlas Obscura

Agostino Petroni

29 April 2021

Gagliano del Capo, Puglia, Italy

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An imported strain of bacteria is threatening to destroy olive trees in Italy that produce about 12 percent of the world’s olive oil. An agronomist is working with other scientists to graft trees — taking a different ...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

17 April 2021

Maine, United States

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Running Tide Technologies, a shellfish hatchery in Maine, is betting on kelp forests as a way to store carbon deep in the ocean and sell that carbon to corporations looking to combat climate change and offset their ow...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

16 April 2021

Hawaii, United States

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After a five-year effort to reintroduce the alala bird on Hawaii’s Big Island failed, conservationists are looking into releasing the nearly extinct Hawaiian crow on a different island. Of the 30 birds released in 201...

Global Press Journal

Lilette A. Contreras

10 April 2021

Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico

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After a drought left cattle farmers in Mexico without grass to feed its animals, a unique partnership with corn farmers allowed them to use their leftover stalks and leaves. Usually, the farmers burn these materials, ...

The Guardian

Ashifa Kassam

9 April 2021

El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

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A Spanish chef piloted a project to start a “marine garden” — cultivating eelgrass and obtaining grains it produces to be used in different recipes. The grain has healthy benefits, including 50 percent more protein th...

Hakai Magazine

Pip Knight

9 April 2021

Canary Islands, Spain

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A pilot experiment in the Canary Islands seeks to recycle brine waste from desalination plants to grow hydroponic tomatoes. The leftover brine can be harmful for seagrass along the coast, so researchers looked into wa...

Tygodnik Powszechny

Krzysztof Story

8 April 2021

Poland

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Scientists, NGOs, conservationists, and the government worked together to bring the Polish wolf back from the brink of extinction. Methods like GPS tracking and genetic sampling have helped politicians made decisions ...

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Marianne Favro

7 April 2021

Davis, California, United States

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Researchers at University of California, Davis found that cows that were fed a small amount of seaweed in their diet drastically reduced the amount of methane they emitted, which could be a low-cost climate solution f...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

6 April 2021

Java, Indonesia

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As human infrastructure continues to threaten animal habitats, researchers are coming up with ways to use artificial structures as bridges for these creatures to get where they need to go. In Indonesia, irrigation pip...

Footprint

Kanchan Srivastava

5 April 2021

Chintalkunta, Telangana, India

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A teenager in India came up with a solution to combat the plastic waste crisis that usually comes with planting trees. Srija created a biodegradable pot made out of groundnut shells that decomposes in the soil after 2...

U.S. News & World Report

Mustapha K. Darboe

30 March 2021

Gambia

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In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus variants throughout the country, Gambia has launched a genome sequence initiative that to monitor active strains. For a country that has received very few doses of the...

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