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If you feel like your metabolism just isn’t what it used to be, no matter how many hours you spend in the gym, dolphins can relate.  A Duke University-led study finds that bottlenose dolphins burn calories at a lower rate as they get older, just as we do. Dolphin Research Center, on Grassy Key, and Dolphin Quest, in Hawaii, collaborated on this research. It’s the first time scientists have measured an age-related metabolic slowdown in another large-bodied species besides humans, said author Rebecca Rimbach, postdoctoral associate in evolutionary anthropology at Duke. Rimbach has studied...

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Are birds really just fancy little dinosaurs? — Bi-Residential Barry Yes! Yes, they are.  I started to write about how all the birds we know can be traced to one ancient genus called archaeopteryx. They were these feathered dinosaur things, about the size of a crow, that could probably sorta fly.  I mean, the whole point of doing an “Ask the Bird Geek” column is to answer a couple of quick bird questions off the top of my head without doing a lot of research. Because I’m trying to go on vacation. Because it’s been a long pandemic and I really need to go on a vacation road trip. Like,...

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History of Diving Museum celebrates military

This May, the History of Diving Museum celebrates past and active military service members through special programming and visiting opportunities. Since opening in 2005, the History of Diving Museum’s founders, Joe and Sally Bauer, instituted a program to extend free admission to active duty military service members. The museum’s military outreach expanded when they joined the Blue Star Museums program at its inception in 2010. Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families and the Defense Department, over 2,000 museums participate annually with a goal to help service...

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Keys students earn awards at state science competition

Five entries by Keys students earned state recognition in the virtual State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF). Sebastian McCoy, from Key Largo School, placed third in the junior division for his “Lighting Up the Sky” experiment and received a nomination to Broadcom Masters Middle School Science Competition. Special award designations at the state level were earned by Robert Aleman of Key Largo School; the duo of Kevin Nguyen and Nathaniel Cabrera from Sigsbee Charter School; and the trio of Laira Gomer, Diana Diaz and Brook Barrow of Coral Shores High School.  Eight projects were submitted...

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The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and Oxitec Ltd. on April 23 released an advisory outlining some of the plans for its Florida Keys pilot project:  Project managers anticipate that during the last week of April and first week of May, release boxes, non-release boxes and netted quality control boxes will be placed in six locations: two on Cudjoe Key, one on Ramrod Key and three on Vaca Key.  “Throughout all release locations fewer than 12,000 mosquitoes are expected to emerge each week for approximately 12 weeks. Untreated comparison sites will be monitored with mosquito traps...

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The Keys Weekly Newspapers checked in with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) to ask for an update on the Oxitec mosquito trial set to begin soon.  According to the agency, the boxes of genetically modified mosquito eggs have yet to be installed. In late February, the Keys Weekly reported on FKMCD’s plan to use 15 sites between MM 10 and MM 93. Now, the rollout will begin with six locations, the agency said in an April 5 email.  Previously, the FKMCD has said it will not release the specific physical location of the trial sites. “Since most will be situated on private property...

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