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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

New Method to Map Poaching Threats

May 22, 2015 — Ecologists have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas. Analysing 12 years of ranger-collected data, different types of threats were monitored and ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Invasive earthworms in New England's forests are absorbing toxic metal pollutants in potentially hazardous levels that may be contributing to a decline in birds, amphibians and mammals that feed ... read more

May 20, 2015 — To avoid overfishing and aid in sustainable exploitation, the status of the fish stocks has to be monitored regularly. In many cases stock assessment is based on fishery-dependent data generated from ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, researchers have found. They say more research is needed on how noise ... read more

May 19, 2015 — The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to new research. Snakes show incredible diversity, with over 3,400 living ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Social grooming, or helping others to stay clean and free of lice and other ecto-parasites, has long been associated with hygiene and good health in wild primates. In the process of picking out ... read more

Giant Panda Gut Bacteria Can't Efficiently Digest Bamboo

May 19, 2015 — It's no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. The bamboo-eating giant panda ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Because of their position on the food chain and their dietary habits, Griffon vultures from the Iberian Peninsula are exposed to accumulation of heavy metals in their tissues. A study reveals that, ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park have given researchers the first scientific evidence from wild mammals that living in a group can lessen the impacts of a chronic disease. The research also ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The same theory that explains individual differences in human speech has recently been applied to other members of the animal kingdom, including dogs and deer. Now researchers are working to ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Salmon carry a strontium chemical signature in their "ear bones" that lets scientists identify specific streams where the fish hatched and lived before they were caught at sea. The new tool ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions, according to researchers. Prions are the protein-based infectious agents responsible for a group of diseases called transmissible ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, gorillas and the majority of other very large animal species are threatened with extinction, an international team of scientists have reported. And if current ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of brown trout according to new research. The findings indicate that human activity can ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Tokay geckos harbor bacteria that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, making them a health concern for pet owners, according to a study on geckos imported from Indonesia. The research focused ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The amount of care parents provide their young varies greatly across the animal kingdom, particularly among songbird species, who spend anywhere from 20 percent to nearly 100 percent of daylight ... read more

May 14, 2015 — New research has revealed the opah, or moonfish, as the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds, giving it a competitive advantage ... read more

May 14, 2015 — The legendary humpback Mahseer, one of the world's most iconic freshwater fish, is on the brink of extinction according to scientists. Ever since the publication of HS Thomas's A Rod in ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Some species of trap-jaw ants use their spring-loaded mandibles to hurl themselves out of harm's way when an ant-trapping predator stalks, researchers report. This dramatic maneuver doubles the ... read more

May 13, 2015 — With their specialized diet of almost exclusively eucalyptus leaves, do koalas require specialist microbes to help them digest their food? Scientists investigated the composition of bacterial ... read more

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