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Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

Long-term tropical lizard decline linked to El Niño events

February 23, 2015

Natural ups and downs in the numbers of a tropical lizard species may be a result of global-scale El Niño events, according to a unique 40-year census conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama...

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Mysterious mangrove moth

Mysterious mangrove moth

February 13, 2015

Earlier this month, bloggers in Bocas Del Toro drew attention to an island in Dolphin Bay near Bocatorito where red mangrove trees are drying out...

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Orchid bees in the fast lane

Orchid bees in the fast lane

February 09, 2015

To test a controversial theory about what sets the pace of life, scientists worked at the Smithsonian in Panama to compare metabolism and membrane lipid composition of 22 species of orchid bees of different sizes...

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Squeezing through the energetic bottleneck

Squeezing through the energetic bottleneck

February 02, 2015

The tiny transmitters Dina Dechmann places on bats cannot surpass five percent of their body mass...

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What do we know about the possible effects of climate change on tropical forests and reefs?

What do we know about the possible effects of climate change on tropical forests and reefs?

January 26, 2015

There’s broad agreement in the scientific community that the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at levels the Earth has not seen for 650 thousand years is reaching a point at which we cannot confidently predict the outcome...

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Smithsonian Scientists Explain Spread of Chikungunya Vector Tropical Disease Detected in US Last Year

Smithsonian Scientists Explain Spread of Chikungunya Vector Tropical Disease Detected in US Last Year

January 19, 2015

The tropical disease chikungunya began twisting Western tongues last July when the first locally transmitted case was reported in Florida...

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Smithsonian Research Supports Panama’s New Marine Protected Areas Proposal

Smithsonian Research Supports Panama’s New Marine Protected Areas Proposal

January 12, 2015

Two extensive, unexplored submarine mountain chains are proposed as new open-water marine protected areas by the Republic of Panama based on scientific expertise from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute...

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Dear friends,

Dear friends,

December 19, 2014

As the new director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, I would like to introduce myself and share a few of STRI’s most important accomplishments in 2014...

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WHAT CAN STOMACH A TOXIC FROG?

WHAT CAN STOMACH A TOXIC FROG?

December 16, 2014

Eating a Strawberry Dart Poison Frog is supposed to be a really bad idea...

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FOURTH CHISPA GRADUATION

FOURTH CHISPA GRADUATION

December 16, 2014

Since its creation in 2013, the ¡CHISPA! Project has connected local youth with expert Smithsonian scientists and has offered resources and training to help them develop critical thinking, communication and leadership skills...

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