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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Feb. 10, 2016 — Considerably more of the fossil record of creatures such as mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses and ground sloths has been lost in what is now the continental United States and South America than in ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The fixed division of labor between crested penguin parents increases their chicks' vulnerability to food shortages made ever more common by climate change. The parents have been unable to adapt ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Many populations of African animal species have dramatically decreased or already disappeared altogether. A team of European researchers has now predicted hunting pressure for the Congo Basin and ... read more

Expression of a 'Ouija Board' Protein That Can Summon 'Monster' Genes

Feb. 8, 2016 — Biologists have studied Drosophila melanogaster flies to discover a new protein dubbed “Ouija Board,” which plays an important role in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones necessary for ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It's the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Cells reach a state called senescence when they stop dividing in response to DNA damage. This change can matter greatly to health, but scientists do not yet have a clear picture of how this change ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new ... read more

First Reported Autopsy of Patient With MERS Coronavirus Infection Provides Critical Insights

Feb. 5, 2016 — Since 2012, at least 1,500 individuals have developed Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), resulting in more than 500 fatalities. Only now are results being reported of the first autopsy of a ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Rising global temperatures may skew gender imbalance among the marine turtle population, according to new research. The sex of marine hatchlings is influenced by incubating temperatures, and warmer ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

No Evidence Found for 'Black Dog Syndrome'

Feb. 3, 2016 — Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) does not exist in animal shelters, say scientists. BDS is the idea that black dogs wait longer to be adopted than dogs of other colors. The study also concluded that age and ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Semipalmated sandpipers on their annual stopover in Canada's Bay of Fundy eat a far broader diet than anyone suspected -- and researchers know this because they analyzed the birds' ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — It had been thought that all ants, wasps and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. But new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Four newly discovered species living near deep-sea cold seeps, hydrothermal vents, and whale carcasses off the coasts of California and Mexico are described in a new article. The new discoveries have ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — While rhino species evolved and increased in size over 50 million years, their bones may have strained to support their massive and active bodies, according to a new ... read more

Warming Ocean May Bring Major Changes for US Northeast Fishery Species

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have released the first multispecies assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species that ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Location and environmental conditions may influence when gentoo chicks huddle in cold, wet Antarctic conditions, according to new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study identifies a Jurassic age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly -- but whose emergence on Earth predates the butterfly by about 40 million ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study focused on whether body size influenced the migratory rates of the martins. Researchers collected detailed measurements on each bird before they released it. After they had obtained the ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — With their chitinous shells, insects seem almost invulnerable – but like Achilles’ heel in Greek mythology, their impressive armor can still be attacked. Researchers studied fruit flies ... read more

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