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Japan vows to continue its whaling program, despite an international ruling ordering it to stop

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the global whale population was hunted to near extinction. A moratorium on commercial whaling, proposed in 1982 and enforced beginning in 1986 aimed to reverse this, and it has been successful: some whale species are beginning to recover, albeit slowly. Japan, however, has continued killing whales, in the name of "research" — and after agreeing to abide by an international ruling ordering it stop, it is now planning to resume whaling in 2015.

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Environmental detectives are using DNA to track invasive species

In our increasingly globalized society, when people travel the tend to bring things home with them, whether they mean to or not: microbes, aquatic species, insects, plants. Many of these are harmless, but some wreak economic havoc, and, like the recent Ebola virus, lead to nationwide panic and fear. As in so many other realms, DNA analysis may provide some ways to better combat these problems.