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'Antelope perfume' keeps flies away from cows
In Africa, tsetse flies transfer the sleeping sickness also to cattle. (2017-10-20)
Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us
Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. (2017-10-19)
Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks
The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats. (2017-10-19)
Live fast die young: Updating signal detection theory
Signal Detection Theory holds that in a predator-prey relationship, prey animals will show more wariness and be more prone to flee as predators become more common. (2017-10-17)
How to save giant tropical fruit bats: Work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money
Flying foxes-- giant fruit bats that look like winged German shepherd puppies-- are in trouble. (2017-10-16)
Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction
Fanged kangaroos -- an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos -- might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought. (2017-10-15)
Worth their weight
A UCSB investigation of the different economic values of giant sea bass finds they are worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch. (2017-10-13)
Star tortoise makes meteoric comeback
The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota), a medium-sized tortoise found only in Myanmar's central dry zone, has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to an aggressive captive-breeding effort spearheaded by a team of conservationists and government partners. (2017-10-11)
Study identifies whale blow microbiome
A new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues identified for the first time an extensive conserved group of bacteria within healthy humpback whales' blow -- the moist breath that whales spray out of their blowholes when they exhale. (2017-10-10)
Cancer scientists crack the durian genome
Scientists from Singapore have mapped the complete genetic blueprint of durian, known in Asia as the 'king of fruits.' Infamous for its pungent and polarizing aroma, durian is well-known to ignite opposing passions of devotion or revulsion in different individuals. (2017-10-09)
Faster Salmonella test boosts food safety for humans and animals
A new test allows accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. (2017-10-05)
Rampant consumption of hippo teeth
A recent study by the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) examined the case of hippo teeth and revealed discordance in trade volumes declared between importers and exporters -- a scenario that could threaten the survival of the species. (2017-10-04)
Durian industry could suffer without the endangered fruit bat
Scientists have discovered that Southeast Asia's endangered fruit bats -- commonly known as flying foxes -- play an important part in the pollination of the iconic and economically important durian tree. (2017-10-03)
SUTD researchers discovered excessive social interaction reduced collective response
Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have uncovered the detrimental effects of excessive interaction and network connections in a wide range of living and engineered systems. (2017-10-03)
Update on an endangered Philippine cycad species
Empirical studies of in situ populations invaluable for conservation efforts. (2017-10-01)
Genes that separate humans from fruit flies found
Genes which determine animal complexity -- or what makes humans so much more complex than a fruit fly or a sea urchin - have been identified for the first time. (2017-09-29)
Researchers identify intriguing link between sleep, cognition and schizophrenia
Many people with schizophrenia have trouble with learning and memory. (2017-09-28)
To avoid a post-antibiotic world, researchers target animal farming and meat intake
A new study in Science by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and partners analyzes and describes a comprehensive strategy for preserving antibiotic effectiveness by reducing antibiotic use in farm animals up to 80 percent globally by the year 2030. (2017-09-28)
Conservationists should harness 'Hollywood effect' to help wildlife
Researchers from the University of Exeter say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the 'Hollywood effect' to boost conservation. (2017-09-28)
Sharks longer in the tooth than we thought
A James Cook University researcher has found that sharks and rays live a lot longer than we thought -- some twice as long as previously estimated. (2017-09-28)
Tree-dwelling, coconut-cracking giant rat discovered in Solomon Islands
Scientists have discovered a new species of giant rat. It's more than four times the size of the black rats that live in the US, it lives in trees, and it's rumored to crack open coconuts with its teeth. (2017-09-27)
Noise pollution found to be disruptive for schooling fish
New research from scientists at the University of Bristol has found that noise from human construction projects can disrupt the schools that are so impressive in marine fish. (2017-09-26)
Panda habitat shrinking, becoming more fragmented
Using remote sensing data, Chinese and US scientists have re-assessed the conservation status of the giant panda. (2017-09-25)
Scientists and farmers work together to wipe out African lovegrass
A partnership between QUT, the NSW Government and farmers could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide. (2017-09-21)
Signs of sleep seen in jellyfish
The upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea demonstrates the three hallmarks of sleep and represents the first example of sleep in animals without a brain, HHMI researchers report. (2017-09-21)
How do human impacts on wetlands affect animals?
A new Biological Reviews study provides a comprehensive assessment of how changes to wetlands affect animals, and the authors use their findings to provide recommendations for managing wetlands to maximise their biodiversity. (2017-09-20)
Efforts to save sea turtles are a 'global conservation success story'
new study of the world's seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery -- even for small sea turtle populations. (2017-09-20)
Method to estimate abundance, trends in North Atlantic right whales confirms decline
NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues at the New England Aquarium have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years. (2017-09-19)
Emerging disease further jeopardizes North American frogs
A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey. (2017-09-19)
Welfare of zoo animals set to improve
The wellbeing of zoological animals is set to improve following the successful trial of a new welfare assessment grid, a new study in the journal Veterinary Record reports. (2017-09-18)
When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters
Animals in the Goldilocks zone -- neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size -- face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. (2017-09-18)
Scientists identify new hosts for Chagas Disease vectors
Solitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide. (2017-09-18)
Light at the end of the tunnel: Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
A twenty-year effort to protect and manage tiny remnants of a dilapidated forest in Benin, along with its agricultural and fallow vegetation surroundings, resulted in 14 ha of rich secondary forest, which corresponds to the size of nearly 20 sacred groves. (2017-09-14)
Lion conservation requires effective international cooperation
In response to the alarming population declines of one of the most charismatic representatives of the megafauna, the lion, a team of international wildlife lawyers and lion experts joined efforts to assess the current and potential future role of international treaties regarding the carnivore's conservation. (2017-09-13)
Sexually aroused male flies unable to sleep after close encounters with females
The urge to mate appears to override the need to sleep in flies, according to new research that hints at the importance of sleep for animals. (2017-09-12)
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth
Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on Earth. (2017-09-11)
Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America
Monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation. (2017-09-07)
Adventitious root formation on cycads saves trees, but informs new conservation dilemmas
A Guam study highlights the need for experience in working with cycad and other endangered plants for successful conservation efforts. (2017-09-04)
New research on fossil whales' teeth shows they were ferocious predators
International research involving Monash biologists has provided new insights into how the feeding habits of the whale -- the biggest animal -- have evolved. (2017-08-30)
Hope for improving protection of the reticulated python
Trading in skins of the reticulated python is such a lucrative business that illegal exports are rising sharply and existing trade restrictions are being circumvented on a large scale. (2017-08-30)
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