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Report: 100 Amazon Bird Species Are at Greater Risk of Extinction Due to Deforestation

Deforestation in the Amazon has put nearly 100 bird species at greater risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced (IUCN) on Thursday. The news comes in conjunction with the release of the 2012 update on the world’s bird species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, data for which is [...]

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5 Ways to Thwart Illegal Drug Dealing Online

eBay headquarters in San Jose, California. (CoolCeasar via Flickr(

Recent reports from ABC News and the UK’s Mail on Sunday suggest eBay is providing a platform for sellers engaged in an illegal prescription drug trade. An ecommerce pioneer now ranked number 250 on the Forbes magazine rankings of the largest public companies on Earth, eBay’s corporate success doesn’t appear to translate into sufficient success [...]

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Observations explains recent outage that took down Foursquare and Reddit

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Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), the cloud computing arm of online marketplace, on Friday explained what happened during last week’s service outage, which disrupted many of its customers’ Web sites. AWS, formed by Amazon in 2006 to capitalize on the cloud computing hype, ran into problems on April 21 with a network configuration change [...]

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Copycat catfish evade competition

catfish that mimics other species avoid predators

In the animal kingdom it pays to look more dangerous and less tasty. It also helps if harmful species resemble one another so that predators might "learn" more easily to avoid both. A new example of this form of mimicry has been discovered among catfish that live in the Amazonian basin, where a school of [...]

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Can Google Earth save an indigenous tribe with maps?

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When Chief Almir first accessed Google Earth, he did what many others do and scrolled over the map to find his home. His home, however, happens to be a nominally protected swath of forest in the rapidly diminishing Amazonian rainforest. After seeing the tenuous state of his people’s historic lands from on high, Almir, who [...]

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