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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

Organization of North America's Bird Species: List Updated

July 2, 2015 — Biologists have made several major updates to the organization of the North America's bird species. The updated work groups birds into genera, families, and orders based on their evolutionary ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Mosquitoes transmit malaria, West Nile virus and chikungunya virus. Monitoring these insects is critical to understanding when and where to control them and lessen the risk of human disease. Insect ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered, 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a 'Jesus lizard' for its ability to walk on water, may provide insight into how climate change may affect tropical ... read more

Charcoaling Manure, Greening Neighborhoods in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

July 1, 2015 — Chesapeake Bay bears a heavy pollution burden from the growing metropolitan centers and vibrant agricultural activity in the watershed. Nitrogen and phosphorus draining from farm fields, livestock ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Failing to find a mating partner is a dent to the reproductive prospects of any animal, but in the flatworm species Macrostomum hystrix it might involve a real headache. Zoologists have discovered ... read more

Seafood Supply Altered by Climate Change

July 1, 2015 — The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, ... read more

Location Isn't Everything but Timing Is for Certain Spawning Fish

June 30, 2015 — Each year, hundreds to thousands of fish aggregate at highly predictable times and locations to spawn, producing larvae that will spend at least a month in the plankton before settling to reef ... read more

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Are More Widespread Than Ever, and Spreading

June 30, 2015 — Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause ... read more

June 30, 2015 — A new method keeps salmon fresh for a whole month, without the use of chemicals. The technology is called superchilling, and it lies somewhere between freezing the fish and cooling it down. Now it is ... read more

Nation's Weather Radar Network Used to Track Bird Migration at Night

June 30, 2015 — Using the nation's weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Tiny microscopic animals called zooplankton are ingesting plastic particles at an alarming rate, according to a new study. That could not only pose a risk to salmon but also spell trouble for the ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new ... read more

Muzzle in on Cattle Classification

June 29, 2015 — Researchers are developing a biometric identification system for cattle that could reduce food fraud and allow ranchers to control their stock more efficiently. The system uses the unique features of ... read more

June 26, 2015 — An experimental study with size-selectively harvested zebrafish that began in 2006 reveals that size-selective harvesting causes changes in key life-history traits, leading to low maximum body size ... read more

Selective Breeding, Immunization Improve Fish Farm Yields

June 28, 2015 — Fish farming, or aquaculture, began in Malaysia as early as the 1920s, with the 1990s ushering in intensive commercial production. It is a rapidly growing sector that has witnessed a growth rate of ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Pygmy sloths wander inland in addition to inhabiting the mangrove fringes of their island refuge. A researchers now suggests that the population size of the pygmy sloth has been underestimated; a ... read more

Pet Care Can Help Improve Adolescents' Type 1 Diabetes Management, Pediatricians Find

June 26, 2015 — Pediatric diabetes researchers found that incorporating routine pet care into a child's diabetes self-care plan can significantly improve monitoring of the disease, resulting in lower blood ... read more

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