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The October news roundup!

Last month we premiered a new way of getting the best in science news reporting, geared towards the very special demographic that our readers come from – conscientious, geeky, adventurous, science-lovers. Regardless of how new you are to science, or how skeptical though, this month’s news roundup has something to pique your interests. 

See a brief summary of our latest flips on our meta-zine below:

Wild Things

This month, there have been some fascinating advances for a variety of interesting creatures. In Indonesia, a previously extinct tiger is possibly spotted again, while a giant arboreal rat is discovered in the Solomon Islands. A frightfully rare duck has some little ducklings, and the first brainless animal is discovered that can sleep. 


FPI Programs

Our newest announcements this month involve a brand new podcast series, episode 1 of which focuses on the fascinating and little-known Andean bear, and a big announcement for October, which is to be your month to literally, Ask Us Anything! We launch our first Reddit AMA session by Varun Swamy, instructor on Amazonian ABCs  on October 8th, at 7 pm CST 


Significant Science

DNA emerges as the big winner this month, helping scientists assign a family to creatures who stumped Darwin, while other scientists discover that facial features can be predicted from your DNA alone. A HIV antibody is discovered that neutralises HIV in some monkeys and we learn that even trilobites had stomachs! 


Field Biology

New camera traps have been designed that can even capture wing-rates in hummingbirds, while other camera traps record some seriously bizarre activity in South Africa. We discover the number of new species described by field biologists in total in 2014-2015, and it’s kind of incredible!


Learn/Do Science

Answer all those burning questions: Forest certification – does it really work? How much electricity does an electric eel really deliver? Also, why do parrots (and people) eat clay?


One World Science

Citizen science projects take off: whisker-prints let the average person help identify animals online. The MAAP project continues to monitor the Peruvian Amazon from the sky vai satellite imagery – the result? Gold mining revs up. Should we permit rhino farming, and what actually underlies the elephant ride business?

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