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Athletes sprinting with left leg prostheses could miss out on golds at Paralympics
Sprinters that compete over 200m and 400m run on curves and now scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, have shown that Paralympic sprinters that run with a left leg prosthesis can be as much as 0.2s slower than athletes that compete with a right leg prosthesis when running in the inside lane, which could cost left leg amputees the gold medal. (2016-03-16)

Evolutionary 'selection of the fittest' measured for the first time
A difference of one hundredth of a percent in fitness is sufficient to select between winners and losers in evolution. For the first time researchers have quantified the tiny selective forces that shape bacterial genomes. The story is published today in the prestigious journal PLOS Genetics. (2016-03-10)

Can ecotourism save endangered species?
Using population viability modelling, Griffith University researchers Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr. Guy Castley and Dr. Clare Morrison have developed a method that for the first time quantifies the impact of ecotourism on threatened species. (2016-02-17)

Genetics of the African cheetah continues to surprise and excite researchers
A team of researchers mapping the genome of the African cheetah continue to make new and exciting discoveries. (2015-12-10)

Chewbaaka migrated from North America
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is now at home on the African plains, but it started a migration 100,000 years ago from North America towards its current habitat. The research, published in the open-access journal Genome Biology, found that the migration from North America was costly for the species, triggering the first major reduction in their gene pool. (2015-12-08)

Endangered animals can be identified by rate of genetic diversity loss
A Purdue University study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or endangered. (2015-08-31)

Nova Southeastern University researcher part of team researching DNA of tigers
A 10-year study looked at DNA similarities of tigers -- living and extinct -- in order to better understand these animals as well as provide a new, more powerful tool for wildlife protection and, hopefully, reducing illegal wildlife commerce. (2015-03-20)

A rare glimpse at the elusive Saharan cheetah
Research by scientists and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Zoological Society of London, and other groups published today in PLOS ONE shows that critically endangered Saharan cheetahs exist at incredibly low densities and require vast areas for their conservation. The research also offers some of the world's only photographs of this elusive big cat. (2015-01-29)

New study links neurological disorders in captive felids to improper diet
New research study confirms connection between high incidence of spinal cord issues in cheetahs and lions kept as exotic pets in the United Arab Emirates with dietary deficiencies. 'The Role of Copper and Vitamin A Deficiencies Leading to Neurological Signs in Captive Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) and Lions (Panthera leo) in the United Arab Emirates,' is published in Food and Nutrition Sciences. (2014-12-30)

Cheetahs never prosper: Energy expenditure linked to population decline
A new study from researchers in Europe, South Africa and at North Carolina State University suggests that the energy cheetahs spend looking for prey, rather than their high-speed hunting tactics or food stolen by other predators, may be to blame for their dwindling numbers. (2014-10-02)

New study suggests humans to blame for plummeting numbers of cheetahs
A new study led by Queen's University Belfast into how cheetahs burn energy suggests that human activity, rather than larger predators, may force them to expend more energy and thus be the major cause of their decline. (2014-10-02)

Run, cheetah, run
A new algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass. (2014-09-15)

Large carnivores with large geographic ranges better-studied
Scientists tend to study larger carnivores with larger geographic ranges than those with greater adaptability and broader diets. (2014-04-02)

Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? Preschoolers can do algebra
Most preschoolers and kindergarteners, or children between four and six, can do basic algebra naturally using their Approximate Number System. (2014-03-06)

Study documents catastrophic collapse of Sahara's wildlife
A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoological Society or London warns that the world's largest tropical desert, the Sahara, has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations. (2013-12-03)

Can big cats co-exist? Study challenges lion threat to cheetah cubs
New research into cheetah cub survival has refuted the theory that lions are a cub's main predator and that big cats cannot coexist in conservation areas. The study, published in the Journal of Zoology, found that cubs in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park were seven times more likely to survive then on the Serengeti Plains and that lions were not found to be the cubs' main predatory threat. (2013-12-02)

Guard dogs reduce killing of threatened species
Research from the University of Kent has revealed that guarding dogs can significantly reduce conflict between livestock and large carnivores, such as cheetahs or leopards, helping to reduce unwarranted killing of endangered species in South Africa. (2013-11-26)

NYU's Movshon winner of 'Golden Brain' award for research on the neuroscience of vision
NYU Professor J. Anthony Movshon has been named the recipient of Minerva Foundation's 2013 Golden Brain Award (2013-11-06)

Study reveals new insight into how cheetahs catch their prey
A new research study has revealed that the cheetah, the world's fastest land animal, matches and may even anticipate the escape tactics of different prey when hunting, rather than just relying on its speed and agility, as previously thought. (2013-09-05)

A robot that runs like a cat
Thanks to its legs, whose design faithfully reproduces feline morphology, EPFL's four-legged (2013-06-17)

From Botswanan big cats to Surrey house cats
Scientists who designed GPS tracking collars to study hunting cheetahs in Botswana have miniaturized them to track 50 domestic cats in a Surrey village for a BBC program. The BBC also deployed cat-cams which were turned on by the collar's activity sensor when the cat was moving. 'The Secret Life of The Cat' is broadcast on BBC Two Horizon on Thursday June 13th 2013 at 21:00. (2013-06-14)

Conservationists to CITES: Stop trade in wild cheetahs
Conservationists have joined representatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda at CITES, currently meeting in Bangkok, to highlight the plight of wild cheetahs threatened by the illegal pet trade. (2013-03-08)

Evidence contradicts idea that starvation caused saber-tooth cat extinction
The latest study of the microscopic wear patterns on the teeth of the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene found that they were living well off the fat of the land in the period just before they went extinct. (2012-12-26)

Report: Bushmeat pushes Southern African species to the brink
A recent report says illegal hunting of wildlife in South African Development Community states can lead to the eradication of many species across extensive areas and even complete ecological collapse. (2012-10-25)

How the cat got his blotches
As any cat lover knows, distinct patterns of dark and light hair color are apparent not only in house cats but also in their wild relatives, from cheetahs to tigers to snow leopards. Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Stanford University, along with colleagues around the world, today reported new genetic findings that help to understand the molecular basis of these patterns in all felines. (2012-09-20)

How the cheetah got its stripes: A genetic tale by Stanford researchers
Feral cats in Northern California have enabled researchers to unlock the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. The study is the first to identify a molecular basis of coat patterning in mammals. (2012-09-20)

Even Usain Bolt can't beat greyhounds, cheetahs...or pronghorn antelope
Even Usain Bolt, currently the fastest man in the world, couldn't outpace greyhounds, cheetahs, or the pronghorn antelope, finds a light-hearted comparison of the extraordinary athleticism of humans and animals in the Veterinary Record. (2012-07-27)

How cheetahs outpace greyhounds
Cheetahs are the high-performance sports cars of the animal kingdom, but how do they outstrip other elite athletes when using the same sprint technique? Penny Hudson, Sandra Corr and Alan Wilson from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, compared the performance of captive cheetahs and greyhounds and found that in addition to increasing their stride frequency, the cheetahs spend longer in contact with the ground, probably to protect their limbs from stress fractures at high speed. (2012-06-21)

Eye size determined by maximum running speed in mammals
Maximum running speed is the most important variable influencing mammalian eye size other than body size, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin. (2012-05-02)

New research: Why bigger animals aren't always faster
New research in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology shows why bigger isn't always better when it comes to sprinting speed. (2012-04-30)

Running robots
University of Delaware professor works to design faster robots, modeling their movement on animals. (2012-01-30)

NIU biologist Virginia Naples is helping put new face on ferocious saber-tooth cats
Northern Illinois University Biology Professor Virginia Naples and two colleagues -- Larry Martin of the University of Kansas and fossil hunter John Babiarz -- are editors of a new book on saber-tooth cats titled: (2011-10-26)

New discovery positions Smithsonian to bolster genetic diversity among cheetahs
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have discovered why older females are rarely able to reproduce -- and hope to use this information to introduce vital new genes into the pool. SCBI scientists and collaborating researchers analyzed hormones, eggs and the uteri of 34 cheetahs at eight institutions, and determined that while the hormones and eggs of cheetahs older than 8 years appear normal, the animals' uterine tracks tend to suffer from abnormal cell growth, infections and cysts that prevent pregnancy. (2011-08-12)

Significant litter of cheetah cubs born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. This litter is particularly significant to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for cheetahs because cheetah births in zoos across the country have dwindled. The SSP matches animals across the country to ensure genetic diversity in the population. This is the only litter of cheetahs born this year in a North American zoo. (2011-06-10)

T. rex more hyena than lion
Was T. rex really the king of the forest? A new census of dinosaurs in Montana's Hell Creek Formation shows that T. rex was far too abundant to be a top predator. Paleontologists Jack Horner of the Museum of the Rockies and Mark Goodwin of UC Berkeley argue that T. rex probably subsisted on a broad variety of dead as well as live animals, much like today's hyena. (2011-02-22)

'They talk about diversity...' -- the need for conservation of Asiatic cheetahs
Conventional wisdom tells us that the cheetah does not vary much throughout its wide range. Recent work in the group of Pamela Burger of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna challenges this view and shows that the cheetahs in Northern-East Africa and those in Asia differ markedly from the populations in Southern Africa. The results are published in the current issue of the journal Molecular Ecology and have profound implications for the species' conservation. (2011-01-14)

Slicing proteins with Occam's Razor
Using myoglobin, physicists at the University of Vermont have developed a new way to peer into the inner workings of proteins and detect which specific atoms are at work. (2010-09-30)

Manatee subspecies genetically confirmed, but diversity challenge looms
The first genetic study to compare nuclear DNA of endangered Antillean manatees in Belize with Florida manatees confirmed their designation as separate subspecies. Belize's manatees, however, were found to have extremely low genetic diversity, raising questions about their long-term genetic viability. (2010-09-13)

Media opportunity: Tyler Prize Laureate Lecture
On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, two leading US conservationists and recipients of this year's prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement -- one of the world's first international environmental awards to be established -- will deliver public lectures featuring their seminal work in restoring and protecting animal habitats. Both Tyler Prize Laureates are available for interviews. (2010-04-16)

Leading conservation scientists awarded prestigious 2010 Tyler Environmental Prize
Two conservationists who have dedicated their lives to protect and restore endangered species from the brink of extinction and ensure their habitat remains for generations to come will share the 2010 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, one of the world's first international environmental awards to be established. Since its inception in 1973, the Tyler Prize continues to be the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy, given to those who confer great benefit upon humankind through environmental restoration and achievement. (2010-04-01)

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