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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Decrease in Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Denmark

Oct. 8, 2015 — Antimicrobial use in animals has decreased in 2014 due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. In general very little of the critically important antimicrobials – which are used to ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — British scientists have been funded to develop a gel that will match many of the biological structures of human breast tissue, to advance cancer research and reduce animal ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — New fossils from the Aleutian Islands intensify the mystery surrounding a toothy, hippopotamus-sized mammal unique to the North Pacific. The oddball creature suction-fed shoreline vegetation, say ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — Scientists investigating how to control take-all, a fungus that lives in soil and infects wheat roots to cause disease, have discovered that different varieties of wheat have distinct and lasting ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — What do killer whales, polar bears and humans have in common? They are adaptable predators with the ability to select new prey when their favourite food is in low supply. But this change can disrupt ... read more

Using, Sharing, New Technologies Is Key for Conservation

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Rats exposed to frequent physical, social, and predatory stress during adolescence solved problems and foraged more efficiently under high-threat conditions in adulthood compared with rats that ... read more

Cryptic Invasions by Ecological Engineers Conceal Profound Changes in Nature

Oct. 5, 2015 — A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced ... read more

Spay, Neuter, or Shot? How an Injection Could Be the Future of Animal Control

Oct. 5, 2015 — A single shot into the muscle is enough to stop egg and sperm production in mice, report scientists. The injection delivers packaged DNA into muscle cells, causing them to produce neutralizing ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Shaped like saucers and covered with camouflaging layers of debris, the heads of two 'door head' ant species are found to differentiate them as new taxa. Retrieved from sifted leaf-litter ... read more

Horse Sickness Shares Signs of Human Brain Disorders, Study Finds

Oct. 5, 2015 — Horses with a rare nerve condition have similar signs of disease as people with conditions such as Alzheimer's, a new study has found. The findings shed new light on the causes of the rare but ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Tracked by their calls at night, two species of narrow-mouthed frogs have been recorded as new in a research that took place in the Raja Ampat Islands, western New Guinea. During the examinations it ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The channel, Slo2.2, helps restore neurons' internal electrical state, and so prevents them from firing at too high a frequency for too long, which has the potential to damage the cells. With ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group. This places cacti among the most threatened ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The most common lab animals, rats and mice, can't tell scientists much about speech disorders. However, a new study shows how songbirds, specifically zebra finches, may be able to aid research ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The importance of collecting dead specimens when verifying a new species has been a hot discussion for quite a while now. Amid voiced opinions ranging from specimen collection being 'no longer ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Three new species of trombiculid mites, also known as 'chiggers,' have been discovered in Taiwan, according to a new paper. Chiggers are tiny mites that feed on skin in the larval stage. ... read more

Wild Plants Call to Carnivores to Get Rid of Pests; Could Crops Do the Same?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Rose gardeners have a lot to say about aphids. Some may advise insecticides as a way to manage an infestation, but others will swear by live ladybugs. The latter is more environmental friendly, and ... read more

Trade in Invasive Plants Is Blossoming

Oct. 3, 2015 — Every day, hundreds of different plant species -- many of them listed as invasive -- are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Research into a vast bone bed in western Montana has yielded the most complete life history of any dinosaur ... read more

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