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Human activity likely affects giraffe's social networks
In a new Ethology study, researchers examined information on two adjacent giraffe populations in Kenya to determine whether human activities and high predation affect their social networks. (2019-08-07)
BU researcher asks, 'is it time for another contraception revolution?'
In an effort to protect the planet and preserve its natural treasures for future generations, another contraception revolution that provides options for populations not currently being served by modern contraception may be the answer according to a Perspective in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. (2019-07-31)
Environmental destruction linked to African population raises questions about family sizes
Africa is projected to be home to nearly 3 billion people by 2100, but rapid population growth will cause widespread environmental degradation unless effective family planning becomes widespread policy, according to new research that tracked increased population pressures on the continent's ecosystems. (2019-06-26)
The ancient history of Neandertals in Europe
Parts of the genomes of two ~120,000-year-old Neandertals from Germany and Belgium have been sequenced at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology. (2019-06-26)
Ancient DNA analysis adds chapter to the story of neanderthal migrations
After managing to obtain DNA from two 120,000-year-old European Neandertals, researchers report that these specimens are more genetically similar to Neandertals that lived in Europe 80,000 year later than they are to a Neandertal of similar age found in Siberia. (2019-06-26)
Education trumps age-structure in terms of providing a demographic dividend
The relationship between population changes and economic growth has been a controversial topic among demographers for many years. (2019-06-10)
Leopard coral grouper: Overexploited
Researchers measured the population stock in Saleh Bay, Indonesia of the commercially valuable leopard coral grouper (Plectropomus leopardus), a species subject to population collapse due to high fishing pressure. (2019-06-06)
Counting the uncounted
Though abundance is a fundamental measure in ecology and environmental management, detecting all individuals in a population is usually impossible when monitoring, so estimates of abundance must account for imperfect detection. (2019-06-06)
DeepMind's new gamer AI goes 'for the win' in multiplayer first-person video games
DeepMind researchers have taught artificially intelligent gamers to play a popular 3D multiplayer first-person video game with human-like skills -- a previously insurmountable task. (2019-05-30)
Why can't we all get along (like Namibia's pastoralists and wildlife?)
Scientists interviewed pastoralists in Namibia's Namib Desert to see how they felt about conflicts with wildlife, which can include lions and cheetahs preying on livestock and elephants and zebras eating crops. (2019-05-02)
Gulf killifish adapts to pollution with help of gene exchange with non-native cousin
The Gulf killifish of Galveston Bay, Texas, was both nearly doomed to local extinction by humans transforming its home to a toxic soup, and also rescued by humans -- through their accidental introduction of an invasive fish genetically armed with pollution-resistant traits. (2019-05-02)
Discovery of 'kingpin' stem cell may help in the understanding of cancerous tumors
Bhatia's team spent more than six years delving down to the cellular level to examine what they say are previously overlooked cells that form on the edges of pluripotent stem cell colonies. (2019-04-11)
Study offers insight into biological changes among invasive species
A remote island in the Caribbean could offer clues as to how invasive species are able to colonise new territories and then thrive in them, a new study by the University of Plymouth suggests. (2019-04-08)
Digging ancient signals out of modern human genomes
Trying to find ancient DNA, let alone prove that the ancient DNA is ancestral to a population living today, is extremely challenging. (2019-04-05)
The decline of state-level IVC filter utilization
National inferior vena cava (IVC) filter utilization in the Medicare population has declined over the last decade according to a prior Harvey L. (2019-04-04)
Human activity disrupting iconic African ecosystem, Syracuse biologist finds
A Syracuse University researcher has confirmed that Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem -- one of the largest, most protected on Earth -- may be imperiled, due to increased human activity at its border. (2019-04-01)
Origin of Scandinavian wolves clarified
There are no signs that hybrids of dog and wolf have contributed to the Scandinavian wolf population -- a matter that has been discussed, especially in Norway. (2019-03-29)
Human activity quickly killing cultural diversity of the chimpanzee
The impact human activities have on the cultural behaviors and traditions of our closest relative, the chimpanzee, is drastic, reports a new study -- one based on an unprecedented data set of nearly 150 African chimpanzee communities. (2019-03-07)
Method assesses health and size of lizard populations
Monitoring programs that survey many wildlife species at the same time across large geographic regions are important for informing conservation decisions, but reptiles are often missing from these efforts because they are difficult to survey. (2019-02-21)
Choosy amphipods
Amphipods of the species Gammarus roeselii guard their chosen mates, often carrying them with them for days and defending them against potential rivals. (2019-02-07)
Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures
The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers. (2019-02-07)
UNH research finds shrinking population in more than a third of rural counties
Nearly 35 percent of rural counties in the United States are experiencing protracted and significant population loss, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. (2019-02-06)
Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival
A new WCS-led study published in the journal Biological Conservation says the future of tigers in Asia is linked the path of demographic transition -- for humans. (2019-01-16)
Moun­tain birds de­clin­ing in Europe
Population data for European mountain birds have been for the first time combined in a recent study, with worrying results: the abundances of mountain-specialist birds has declined by as much as 10% in the 2000s. (2018-12-13)
New hope for world's most endangered mammal
New genetic analysis of white rhino populations suggests it could be possible to rescue the critically endangered northern white rhinoceros from extinction, using the genes of its less threatened southern cousin. (2018-11-07)
New measure for the wellbeing of populations could replace Human Development Index
IIASA researchers have introduced a new, simple measure for human wellbeing across countries, called the Human Life Indicator (HLI), that takes inequality into account and could replace the commonly used but error-prone Human Development Index (HDI). (2018-11-06)
Call for new approaches to fill significant gaps in understanding Parkinson's disease
New paper calls for the use of advances human-relevant methods to enable understanding of the initiation and progression of Parkinson's disease. (2018-09-24)
Research proves South East Asian population boom 4,000 years ago
Researchers have uncovered a previously unconfirmed population boom across South East Asia that occurred 4,000 years ago, thanks to a new method for measuring prehistoric population growth. (2018-09-20)
Counting (on) sheep? Promising gene therapy for visually impaired sheep now safe for human trials
A promising gene therapy for visually impaired sheep is now safe for human trials. (2018-09-17)
Evolution of psychiatric disorders and human personality traits
How and why human-unique characteristics such as highly social behavior, languages and complex culture have evolved is a long-standing question. (2018-09-07)
Math shows how human behavior spreads infectious diseases
Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviors that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-08-16)
Can population policy lessen future climate impacts?
Population has been seemingly left out of climate change assessments, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2018-08-16)
River complexity maintains regional population stability
An international group of researchers has demonstrated that branching complexity of rivers affects regional population stability and persistence in nature, contrary to current theories which suggest the importance of an ecosystem's size. (2018-07-31)
Diversity and education influence India's population growth
Differences within India's population influence population projections for years to come, according to research conducted by IIASA and the Asian Demographic Research Institute. (2018-07-30)
Our fractured African roots
A scientific consortium led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts. (2018-07-11)
Humans evolved in partially isolated populations scattered across Africa
The textbook narrative of human evolution casts Homo sapiens as evolving from a single ancestral population in one region of Africa around 300,000 years ago. (2018-07-11)
Smartphones used to track migrations caused by climate change
Spanish researchers have developed a system that tracks human displacement caused by climate change using the tracks of mobile phones. (2018-06-28)
Cheating on cheaters
A new study, to be published in Current Biology on June 28, proposes new strategies to induce the collapse of bacterial populations. (2018-06-28)
Humans are causing mammals to increasingly adopt the nightlife
Human activity is driving many mammals worldwide to be more active at night, when they are less likely to encounter humans, a new study reveals. (2018-06-14)
At what size does a minority group become influential?
When a viewpoint is held by a minority, what size does that minority need to reach to hit a tipping point, where their view becomes widely accepted in the rest of the population? (2018-06-07)
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