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Preservation of testicular cells to save endangered feline species
A research team at the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) developed a method to isolate and cryopreserve testicular cells. This will allow the safekeeping and biobanking of gametes and other cells of the male reproductive tract of threatened or endangered feline species. The findings have been published in the scientific journal 'Cryobiology.' (2020-03-31)

Hair in 'stress': Analyze with care
Similar to humans, wild animals' reaction to disturbance is accompanied by releasing hormones, such as cortisol. To understand the impact of various 'stress' factors on wildlife, scientists first need to determine the baseline levels of relevant hormones for each species. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) now uncovered possible pitfalls of the commonly used hormone analysis method that overestimate concentrations of cortisol and thus lead to overstated conclusions. (2020-03-12)

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)

Fun run
Attention runners: The next time you go out for a jog, you might want to strap a light resistance band between your feet. This rather quirky but oddly effective hack, according to UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer Elliot Hawkes, could make you a more efficient runner by approximately 6.4%. (2019-10-08)

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)

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)

Lung lavage as new test method improves tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros
An international team of scientists led by institutes in Berlin and Jena, Germany, performed repeated lung lavage as a new approach for tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros. Subsequent genetic tests reliably identified mycobacteria in the animals' respiratory fluids -- with minimal stress and risk for the rhinos. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. (2018-12-12)

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)

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)

New analysis shows threats to 8,000 Red List species
Less than a month away from the kick-off the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world's threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into agricultural lands and over-harvesting their populations. (2016-08-10)

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)

Timing may be key to understanding cognitive problems in Parkinson's disease
University of Iowa research shows that people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mice that lack dopamine both are missing a critical brain wave needed for timing actions -- a cognitive process that's consistently impaired in patients with PD. Brain stimulation at the same frequency as the missing brain wave restores timing ability in mice lacking dopamine, suggesting that it might be possible to use brain stimulation to improve cognitive problems in PD. (2016-12-15)

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)

Physicists use terahertz flashes to uncover state of matter hidden by superconductivity
A research team led by Jigang Wang of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has developed a new quantum switching scheme that gives them access to new and hidden states of matter. If researchers can learn to control the hidden state, further stabilize it and determine whether it's suitable for quantum logic operations, it could allow researchers to use it for quantum computing and other practical functions. The journal Nature Materials has just published a paper about the discovery. (2018-06-04)

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)

Study highlights power of play
Through simple games and day-to-day tasks, parents can help their children learn self-regulation, a skill considered essential for success, a University of Otago, New Zealand, study has found. (2019-03-21)

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)

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)

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)

Island foxes may be 'least variable' of all wild animals
In comparison to their relatives on the mainland, the Channel Island foxes living on six of California's Channel Islands are dwarves, at two-thirds the size. The island foxes most likely evolved from gray foxes brought to the northern islands by humans over 7,000 years ago. Some think island foxes may have been partially domesticated by Native-Americans. Like many island species, they have little fear of humans. (2016-04-21)

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

Man-made borders threaten wildlife as climate changes
Walls and fences designed to secure national borders could make it difficult for almost 700 mammal species to adapt to climate change, according to new research. (2021-02-08)

Mammals' complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we're learning how they evolved
Mammals' backbones are weird. They're much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first place. They discovered that the process was marked by big, dramatic evolutionary changes, and that it's linked to mammals being active animals with high metabolisms. (2019-11-07)

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)

Biomechanics of chewing depend more on animal size, not diet
Researchers report that the jaw joint bone, the center around which chewing activity revolves (literally), appears to have evolved based more on an animal's size than what it eats. (2018-08-30)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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