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Thousands Of Cameras Capture The Thriving Wildlife In World’s Protected Forests

The worlds tropical forests are thick with trees, rich in life, and dense with humidity. However, high-quality information and expansive data about the biodiversity within these understudiedwildlife hospots is scarce. This makes conservation initiatives all the more difficult to create.

So, to find out how effective protected forests are at helping wildlife, a recent study by the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) has captured an unbelievable amount of images documenting the intense biodiversity of protected sites in 15 tropical forests aroundthe world.

TEAM -a coalition led byConservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – recently published theirfindings online in PLOS Biology.

For the study, TEAM set up a network of over 1,000 camera traps across forests in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Each site was surveyed for at least three years, creating a total of over 500,000 images per year of 244 ground-dwelling vertebratespecies from African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Republic of Congo to giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Ecuador.

The images were captured using motion-triggered cameras thatsnapaway if they detectan animal walking through their path. Each site had between 60 to 90 cameras set up, placed around every 1 to 2 kilometers squared (0.38 to 0.77 miles squared).

African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Nouabale Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.TEAM Network and Wildlife Conservation Society.

Male Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) close-up in Cameroon, with a female and juvenile in the background. Image credit:TEAM Network and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest cat in the western hemisphere and a near threatened species. This individual was photographed at Volcn Barva, Costa Rica. Image credit:Courtesy of TEAM Network and Conservation International

Using the images as data, the researchers created occupancy models of each species over a threeto eightyear period. Overall, the results were remarkably positive: 17 percent of the monitored populations were found to be increasing, 22 percent were remaining stable, and 22 percent showed some decline. The remaining 39 were animals not detected often enough for their population statistics. According to the authors, these results paint a more optmistic pictureabout the success of protected areas, contrasting earlier reports of widespread decline.

It’s hoped that the study will therefore verifythat protected areas are highly effective at preserving and indeed increasing numbers of endangeredwildlife.

“At a time when environmental concerns are taking center stage, these results show that protected areas play an important role in maintaining biodiversity,” said Jorge Ahumada, executive director of the TEAM Network and a coauthor of the study said in a press release.

“Our study reflects a more optimistic outlook about the effectiveness of protected areas. For the first time we are not relying on disparate data sources, but rather using primary data collected in a standardized way across a range of protected areas throughout the world.

With this data we have created a public resource that can be used by governments or others in the conservation community to inform decisions.”

Make sure you check outthe officialTEAM galleryfor more of their incredible photographs.

Two rarely-seen bush dogs (Speothos venaticus) are captured for the first time in YanachagaChemilln National Park, Peru. TEAM Network and Wildlife Conservation Society

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Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/thousands-cameras-capture-thriving-wildlife-worlds-protected-forests

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NASA Uses Photo Filters to Enhance, Study Pics of the Sun


Gradient filters to boost contrast in photos aren’t just for photographers anymore. Astronomers are using them to take a better look at our sun, too.

NASA scientists say they can apply the photo-editing technique to enhance places of contrast around the sun, making its explosive plasma loops not only more stunning, but also easier to study.

A new video of the sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows coronal loops bursting from the sun. These huge arcs of solar material, which are constrained by magnetic fields, can swirl slowly on the edge of the sun for hours, sometimes even days.

Scientists at the observatory carefully adjusted gradient algorithms to make these coronal loops appear much more defined in the new video, NASA officials said in a statement Thursday. The loops — highlighted in orange and red — pop out next to the more fuzzy areas in the sun’s atmosphere.

Sharp observations of plasma loops can help astronomers understand the sun’s complicated magnetic fields, according to NASA. And coronal loops are of particular interest to scientists because they may be the root of explosive solar flares that can wreak havoc on satellites in space and power grids on Earth.

The sun is currently going through an active phase of its 11-year solar weather cycle and is expected to reach its peak activity in 2013. The current sun weather cycle is known as Solar Cycle 24.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory has been recording high-definition images and video of the sun since its launch in 2010.

This article originally published at Space.com

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/22/nasa-uses-photo-filters-to-enhance-sun-video/

These Award-Winning Images Capture The Awesomeness of Science And Nature

The winners of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’sannual Cool Science Image contest have just been chosen, placing the spotlight on some of the most stunning natural phenomena that escape our gaze on a regular basis. Open to the university’s faculty and students, the winners include 10 images and two videos, covering the full spectrum of scientific disciplines, from microbiology to astronomy.

Chosen for their scientific value and aesthetic beauty, the victorious entries were captured by both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as staff members. Praising the incredible quality of the winning images, contest judge Kevin Eliceiri said they represent not only the great research of UWMadison but remind us of the great creativity and artistic eye so many of our scientists have.

Here’s a selction of the winning entries. You can view all the winners here.

Wei-hua Lee

Postdoctoral fellow Wei-hua Lee created this image using a technique called immunostaining to mark antibodies and proteins involved in an immune response in human tissue.

Sarah Swanson

Botany department staff member Sarah Swansons environmental scanning electron micrograph of the hypostome or mouth of a tick was selected as one of the winning entries.

Scott Bachmeier

This satellite video of a massive storm system moving across the Atlantic was captured by Scott Bachmeier from the Space Science and Engineering Center.

Garrett Frankson

Using nothing more than a basic pinhole camera, physics and astronomy undergraduate Garrett Frankson traced the Suns transitions across the sky from solstice to solstice.

Ethan Heyrman

Captured in September 2015, undergraduate Ethan Heyrmans image shows the incredible result of a coincidence of a super moon and a total lunar eclipse. The Moon appears blood red because the light falling on it has been refracted through the Earths shadow, shifting it towards the long wavelength end of the spectrum.

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Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/these-award-winning-images-capture-awesomeness-science-and-nature

Show Us a Snapshot of Change


The middle of May marks a definitive point of change. The seasons shift; the weather warms up in some parts of the world and cools off in others. For many, the school year is coming to an end, and even more people are starting new jobs and moving to new places.

For this edition of the Mashable Photo Challenge Guest Series, we want your photos that capture change.

Your photos could relate to the altering weather, a new beginning in your life or even the changing landscape of a city or countryside. What are the best photos you’ve taken that reflect change? Follow the directions below to submit your photo, and our guest curator will select some of the most creative and compelling submissions to feature on Mashable.

How to Enter the Challenge

  • Tweet your photo of your change to @mashablehq with the hashtag #MashPics OR

  • Instagram your photo with the hashtag #MashPics OR

  • Upload your photo in the photo widget below OR

  • Post the link to your photo in the comments below

Our guest curator this week is McKenna Ewen. McKenna is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia producer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has received numerous honors for his work, including six regional Emmy Awards. In the image above, he captures the change of a lake as the night turns from dusk to day.

McKenna will select his favorite photos based on composition, originality and creativity. We look forward to seeing your submissions by Monday, May 13.

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Photo Challenge: Show Off Your Curiosity


The successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars recaptured worldwide interest in space exploration, likely inspiring thousands of kids to build cardboard spaceships in their backyards once again.

While the allure of exploring the unknown is probably the greatest draw of becoming an astronaut, there’s still plenty of exploring to do in everyday life. For this week’s challenge, we want you to send us photos that express curiosity.

How do you find beauty in everyday objects? Do you see things that might normally go unnoticed? Maybe it’s a plant nestled under a crevice, or a surreptitious bit of graffiti on a subway poster. Let your curiosity run free and snap a photo with your phone or camera, and send us your best shots.

How to Enter the Challenge

  • Tweet a photo that depicts curiosity to @mashablehq with the hashtag #MashPics. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR

  • Drop your photo into the picture widget below.

Submit your photo by Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12:00 p.m. EST. We will choose some of the top images based on composition, originality and overall appeal. These pictures will be featured on Mashable, as well as on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Images courtesy of Nina Frazier, Martin Heigan and Aftab, Flickr.


Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/10/photo-challenge-curiosity/

Mars Curiosity Rover Snaps High-Res Self-Portrait


NASA’s Curiosity rover shot its first high-resolution self-portrait two days after landing in Mars’s Gale Crater on Aug. 7.

The images, however, were not released until a press conference Friday. The shot is composed of 20 navigation images, in which you can see the back of the rover, a few wheels, and debris on the rover.

Are you impressed by Curiosity’s first self-portrait or do you prefer these earlier shots released by NASA?

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