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To adapt to cities, birds must grow their brains or grow their families

To adapt to cities, birds must grow their brains or grow their families

Science
March 25 (UPI) -- As the planet becomes increasingly urbanized, many species, including birds, are struggling to adapt to human presence. Urbanization can drive some bird species to extinction, but others are capable of thriving in cities. New research -- published this week in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution -- suggests birds have a choice of two strategies for adapting to urban life. They can either grow bigger brains, or they can produce more offspring. Better understanding how different bird species respond to human development can help policymakers craft more effective conservation and protection plans. "Cities are harsh environments for most species and therefore often support much lower biodiversity than natural environments," lead study author Ferran Sayol, postdoc...
Climate concerns grow amid wettest February on record

Climate concerns grow amid wettest February on record

Science
Last month was the wettest February in the UK since records began in 1862, according to the Met Office.The UK received an average of 209.1mm of rainfall, 237% above the average for the month between 1981 and 2010.Elsewhere, a survey suggested that almost a quarter of people felt that climate change was the "most pressing issue facing the UK".The representative sample of 1,401 people also suggested that "climate concern" had doubled since 2016.During February, storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge all delivered a vast volume of rainfall over parts of the UK.Storm Dennis also delivered the second highest UK average daily total in a dataset that dates back to 1891.Ciara and Jorge also dropped enough rain to feature in the top 0.5% of days ...
The deeper octopuses dive, the more warts they grow

The deeper octopuses dive, the more warts they grow

Science
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Octopuses from the same species can appear remarkably different. One octopus can sport a smooth complexion, while another can be covered in warts. The differences can appear so stark that scientists often second-guess the specimen's classification. Until now, scientists were confused by differences in skin texture, but the latest research suggests the variation follows a pattern. Octopuses living deeper beneath the ocean surface have smaller bodies and grow more warts. Using DNA tests, scientists confirmed that octopuses with different appearances belong to the same species. The findings, published this week in the journal Bulletin of Marine Science, serve as a reminder of the importance of large sample sizes. "If I had only two of these animals that looked very differen...
How these financial advisors are using social media to grow their business

How these financial advisors are using social media to grow their business

Finance
Petri Oeschger | Moment | Getty ImagesOne of the best ways financial advisors can bolster their credibility and reach potential clients is available for free.It's called social media.However, merely joining Twitter and Facebook won't cut it, according to Dasarte Yarnway, founder of Berknell Financial Group in San Francisco.He shared his views about building a brand on social media at the Wealth/Stack conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Yarnway also hosts "The Young Money Podcast.""Outside of opening the account, you need to join the conversation," he said. "Engagement is key; finding your voice is the second thing."Used correctly, social media can provide financial advisors with an outlet to showcase their expertise, network with their peers and meet potential clients."We really look at soc...
Bahamas death toll rises to 43, expected to ‘grow significantly’

Bahamas death toll rises to 43, expected to ‘grow significantly’

World
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The number of confirmed dead in the Bahamas rose to 43 but officials expect the number to grow "significantly" with thousands missing after Hurricane Dorian leveled several islands nearly one week ago. Around 70,000 people are in need of assistance, including food and water, on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, the United Nations said. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the Bahamas, including 1,100 on a cruise ship sent with humanitarian personnel from Florida. On Friday night, Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands told media members the official death toll had climbed from 30 to 43. "I am sure that your reporters have seen uncollected bodies on the ground," Sands said. "I am sure there are many person who know individuals who have personally lost loved ones. So wh...