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Is an animal's agility affected by the position of its eyes?
New research from scientists in Liverpool has revealed the relationship between agility and vision in mammals. (2010-02-22)

'Rational drug design' identifies fragments of FDA-approved drugs relevant to emerging viruses
A massive, data-crunching computer search program that matches fragments of potential drug molecules to the known shapes of viral surface proteins has identified several FDA-approved drugs that could be the basis for new medicines -- if emerging viruses such as the H5N1 (avian flu) or H1N1/09 (swine flu) develop resistance to current antiviral therapies. (2009-12-06)

New study further disputes notion that amputee runners gain advantage from protheses
A study by six researchers, including a University of Colorado at Boulder associate professor and his former doctoral student, shows that amputees who use running-specific prosthetic legs have no performance advantage over counterparts who use their biological legs. (2009-11-04)

Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released on amputee sprinter
A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just released previously confidential study results in the Journal of Applied Physiology. (2009-06-29)

Camera trap survey snaps cheetahs in Algeria
A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The survey was conducted by researchers from the Zoological Society of London, the Office du Parc National de l'Ahaggar, and the Universite de Bejaia, with support from WCS and Panthera. (2009-02-23)

Breaking news: Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinter
Based on Rice and MIT findings, the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, has ruled that Pistorius is eligible to participate in International Association of Athletics Federations sanctioned competitions. If he qualifies for the 2008 Beijing games, Pistorius would be the first disabled athlete ever to run against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic event. (2008-05-16)

The spring in your step is more than just a good mood
Scientists using a bionic boot found that during walking, the ankle does about three times the work for the same amount of energy compared to isolated muscles -- in other words, the spring in your step is very real and helps us move efficiently. (2008-04-23)

Inventor of Ossur's Flex-foot nominated for European Inventor of the Year 2008
Ossur, a trusted and global orthopaedics corporation and the developer of more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field, is pleased to announce that the inventor of its Flex-Foot, Van L. Phillips, has been nominated for the European Patent Office's Inventor of the Year 2008 award. (2008-04-16)

Subconscious mental connection between blacks, apes may reinforce subtle discrimination
Many US citizens may not hold openly racist beliefs today, but they still may subconsciously link African Americans with apes because people still use words and metaphors that subtly reinforce a less-than-human bias and endorse violence against Blacks, according to a new study. (2008-03-05)

Science, not romance, controls mating at Smithsonian's National Zoo
This Valentine's Day, Cupid won't be making a stop at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Unlike the spontaneous attraction that most humans equate with love and romance, mating and dating at the National Zoo is planned, strategic and science-based -- quite an unromantic encounter. (2008-02-08)

Greater parental guidance suggested for noisy toy use
The High School Musical Rockerz Jammin' Guitar and the Cheetah Girls In Concert Collection Doll may be what kids want most this holiday season, but if parents aren't careful about how these and other popular toys are used, a season of joy might turn into a lifetime of hearing loss for their children. (2007-12-04)

Philandering female felines forgo fidelity
While promiscuity in the animal kingdom is generally a male thing, researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London have found that, in cheetah society, it's the female with the wandering eye, as reported in a paper in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (2007-05-31)

In Iran, cheetahs collared for the first time
An international team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society working in Iran has successfully fitted two Asiatic cheetahs with Global Positioning System (GPS) collars, marking the first time this highly endangered population of big cats can be tracked by conservationists. (2007-03-01)

Pendulums, predators and prey: The ecology of coupled oscillations
Connect one pendulum to another with a spring, and in time the motions of the two swinging levers will become coordinated. (2006-12-01)

A plan for reintroducing megafauna to North America
Dozens of megafauna (large animals over 100 pounds) -- such as giant tortoises, horses, elephants and cheetah -- went extinct in North America 13,000 years ago during the end of the Pleistocene. As is the case today in Africa and Asia, these megafauna likely played keystone ecological roles via predation, herbivory and other processes. What are the consequences of losing such important components of America's natural heritage? (2006-10-02)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2006
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include: Atom-scale switch, A warmer future, New genetics tool, and Potential CO2 vault. (2006-08-03)

In Iran, camera traps reveal rare Asiatic cheetahs
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, working in conjunction with Iran's Department of Environment (DOE) in an isolated region in the Dar-e Anjir Wildlife Refuge, recently discovered that a remote camera set out to survey wildlife had photographed an entire family of extremely rare Asiatic cheetahs. (2005-08-30)

DNA traces evolution of extinct sabertooths and the American cheetah-like cat
By performing sequence analysis of ancient DNA, a team of researchers has obtained data that help clarify our view of the evolutionary relationships shared by the large predatory cats that once roamed the prehistoric New World. (2005-08-08)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include Grains of insight into the grid, more bang for the buck and good vibrations. (2004-08-13)

ORNL, NCAR are official partners in climate studies
More accurate global climate models are in the forecast because of a collaboration between the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. (2004-03-08)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include safer highways, a nose for chemicals, new neutron detectors and bringing industries together. (2004-03-05)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include life beyond Earth, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray X1, and theory behind the spectacle. (2004-02-06)

Genes that paint fly derrieres hint at convergence
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have been able to document a rare example of molecular convergence, the process by which different animals use the same genes to repeatedly invent similar body patterns and structures. (2003-08-20)

High-speed network connection ties top universities to ORNL
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new computer link to Atlanta is 200,000 times faster than the fastest dial-up connections typical of home computers and is expected to spur significant advances in science and economic development in the region and beyond. With the new link, a data file the size of the film (2002-08-14)

New NCAR, ORNL climate simulation doubles detail of previous models
Climate studies just doubled in resolution because of a new model developed and implemented by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and run on the Cheetah supercomputer. (2002-06-26)

ORNL computer 8th fastest in world
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has moved up 21 places to claim the No. 8 spot - and No. 1 in the Southeast -- in the Top500 list of fastest computers in the world. (2002-06-26)

African wildlife databases benefit animal conservation efforts
The health and welfare of African lions, leopards and cheetahs are coming into focus - in Illinois. What is being learned, researchers say, will help with the management of the threatened big cats in Africa, as well as those in zoos throughout the world. (2001-09-28)

Researchers Aim To Prevent Wildlife From Genetic Crash-And-Burn
Gene Rhodes, a wildlife biologist at Purdue University, is improving the odds for these reintroduced species by making new use of a familiar scientific tool: biotechnology. Rhodes is comparing the genes of the introduced animals to reduce the chances of inbreeding. (1998-08-13)

SFSU Biologist Deciphers Desert Animals' Whistles And Drumbeats
A Biologist has studied the system of signals used by two related desert rodents in response to predators, and has deciphered the complex warning (1998-01-30)

Humble Pocket Gophers Shed Light On The Genetic Fortitude Of Cheetahs
Conservation biologists have shown that gophers will accept skin grafts from each other. The work vindicates a controversial experiment on cheetahs from 1985. The researchers conclude that cheetahs and other genetically impoverished species may have little variability among their immune systems and may be more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease. (1996-07-22)

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