EurekAlert: US cities host more regionally unique species than previously thought

EurekAlert: US cities host more regionally unique species than previously thought. “To better understand whether rapidly growing cities are hosting the same species, a concept known as urban homogenization, a team from the California Academy of Sciences analyzed an immense volume of data gathered by citizen scientists during the four-day global City Nature Challenge. The 14 U.S. cities included in the study amassed more than 65,000 wildlife observations identified to species level through the mobile app iNaturalist.”

Science Daily: Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves

Science Daily: Scientists quantify the vast and valuable finds stored on museum shelves . “Days after a fire tore through Brazil’s National Museum and destroyed specimens of irreplaceable heritage, a team of scientists has quantified the vast number of fossils that sit unstudied in natural history collections. Based on their findings, the team estimates only 3 to 4 percent of recorded fossil locations from across the globe are currently accounted for in published scientific literature. This means any shelved specimens that have never been published or documented digitally remain vulnerable to loss. Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), and partner institutions are working to preserve these ‘dark data’ in online databases, highlighting the need for underfunded museums around the world to invest in the digital preservation of their collections.”

Fortune: Ever Wondered How Much Water Your Shower Uses? This New Google Tool Will Help You Find Out

Fortune: Ever Wondered How Much Water Your Shower Uses? This New Google Tool Will Help You Find Out. “Ever wondered how much water your shower uses? Or the impact of throwing away your food Google launched a new tool on Friday with the California Academy of Sciences, called Your Plan, Your Planet, which hopes to help you answer precisely those questions.”