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Smithsonian Scientists Say Vines Strangle Carbon Storage in Tropical Forests

Smithsonian Scientists Say Vines Strangle Carbon Storage in Tropical Forests

October 19, 2015

In a major experimental study in Panama, Smithsonian researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, slow tropical forest tree growth and may even cause premature tree death...

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SYSTEM SHOCK:<br/> El Niño Tests Coral Survival Limits

SYSTEM SHOCK:
El Niño Tests Coral Survival Limits

October 12, 2015

A FIRST pulse of abnormally warm water hit Panama’s Pacific coast in April and corals immediately began to fade...

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Colorful Caterpillar Chemists May Signal New Useful Plant Compounds

Colorful Caterpillar Chemists May Signal New Useful Plant Compounds

October 05, 2015

Scientists at the STRI compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than the one with a broad diet...

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Panama designates two new marine protected areas

Panama designates two new marine protected areas

September 28, 2015

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez signed a decree that established two marine protected areas around little-studied underwater mountain chains, one in the Caribbean and one in the Pacific...

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72 Year-Old Boy Scout Relives Fossil Discovery

72 Year-Old Boy Scout Relives Fossil Discovery

September 21, 2015

In 1959, Boy Scout leader John Turner found an unusual fossil when the dry season exposed the bed of Panama’s Madden Lake...

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Butterfly Extinctions on Barro Colorado Island

Butterfly Extinctions on Barro Colorado Island

September 14, 2015

During 90 years of note-taking and net-swinging, scientists identified 601 butterfly species on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island, the most intensively studied piece of tropical real-estate in the world...

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Fossil Specimen Reveals a New Species of Ancient River Dolphin to Smithsonian Scientists

Fossil Specimen Reveals a New Species of Ancient River Dolphin to Smithsonian Scientists

September 07, 2015

The careful examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct...

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Frog's irrational choices could reform understanding of animal mating

Frog's irrational choices could reform understanding of animal mating

August 31, 2015

In the attempt to choose a mate, it's no surprise that females will select the more "attractive" of two males...

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Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

Biologists discover skydiving spiders in South American forests

August 21, 2015

Arachnophobes fearful of spiders jumping, creeping or falling into their beds now have something new to worry about. Some spiders might also glide in through the window....

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El Niño sets record in Panama Canal Watershed

El Niño sets record in Panama Canal Watershed

August 14, 2015

The drought is due to a strengthening El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event, a cyclical warming of Pacific Ocean waters that disrupts weather around the globe...

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