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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

The Origin and Spread of 'Emperor's Rice'

Sep. 26, 2015 — Black rice was prized in ancient times for its color and is prized in modern times for its high levels of antioxidants, but its early history has been shrouded in mystery until now. Scientists have ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help biochemists and other researchers finish a 20-year ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Researchers have sequenced the complete genomes of eleven Przewalski's horses, including all of the founding lineages and five historical, museum specimens dating back more than a century, and ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Scientists have found that the gut microbiome of right whales and other baleen species shares characteristics with both cows and meat-eating predators. The dual microbial communities allow whales to ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — The European mink is critically endangered throughout its range. Several reintroduction programs are in place to help assure the survival of the species. One of these is currently underway in ... read more

Will You Have Male or Female Offspring?

Sep. 22, 2015 — According to a well-known theory in evolutionary biology healthy females should give birth to more males than females. A study shows why this is not always ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — A new lineage of extinct plankton-feeding sharks, Pseudomegachasma, has been discovered by an international team of scientists. The sharks lived in warm oceans during the age of the dinosaurs nearly ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — The Sumatran rhino -- one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet -- may have just received a lifeline. A new scientific publication applies an enhanced population survey technique to ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — China has invested substantially in nature reserves to protect giant pandas in the wild. A new study finds that in addition to benefiting the charismatic pandas, the reserves also protect substantial ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers carried out an island-wide survey of the last wild population of Sumatran rhinoceros, and now recommend that wildlife conservation managers consolidate the small population, provide ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Five hundred citizen scientists around the world have contributed data to a study of what goes on inside the minds of their dogs. On five of the seven tests analyzed, citizen science data ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — A reduced fear of humans can be the driving force behind the characteristics that have developed since wild animals became domesticated, according to research by ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Warming temperatures are causing Arctic mosquitoes to grow faster and emerge earlier, significantly boosting their population and threatening the caribou they feast on, a study ... read more

Large-Scale Illegal Trade in Hundreds of Wild-Collected Ornamental Plants in Southeast Asia

Sep. 14, 2015 — Southeast Asia is a widely recognized center of illegal wildlife trade -- both as the source region for species ranging from seahorses to tigers, and as a global consumer of ivory carvings, wild ... read more

Sep. 13, 2015 — Darwinius shares more in common with modern lemurs based on how its teeth erupted, according to new ... read more

Researchers Identify Three New Fossil Whale Species of New Zealand

Sep. 11, 2015 — Paleontology researchers are continuing to rewrite the history of New Zealand's ancient whales by describing two further genera and three species of fossil baleen ... read more

Sep. 9, 2015 — The barbastelle bat may emit two different types of weak echolocation signals alternately, one upward through the nose and one downward through the mouth, to find prey while undetected and to ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Contact and competition among different animals within a community matters when it comes to the possibility of parasitic disease outbreak, according to new research. The study sheds new light on how ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Understanding the biomechanics of natural cartilage could lead to the development of better artificial joint implants. That's exactly the goal of researchers. The team studied kangaroo cartilage ... read more

Sep. 7, 2015 — As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury in their bodies. A new study shows that elephant seals shed significant amounts ... read more

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