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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

First-Time Reconstruction of Infectious Bat Influenza Viruses

Oct. 26, 2016 — All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into ... read more

Windsurfing Swans: An Overlooked Phenomenon

Oct. 21, 2016 — It is well-known that birds can fly, swim and walk, but now there is scientific evidence that birds also can windsurf. Researchers report that the Mute swan occasionally uses the wings as sails when ... read more

Bushmeat Hunting Threatens Mammal Populations and Ecosystems, Poses Food Security Threat

Oct. 20, 2016 — The ongoing decline of more than 300 species of animals is having significant environmental impacts and posing a food security threat for millions of people in Asia, Africa and South America, ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Special chemicals covering the skin of a tiny yellow-striped Amazonian frog provide a protective shield that wards off leaf-cutting ants allowing it to live comfortably among them. The ants do not ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Intensive farming, sprawling towns, a dense road network -- the modern world leaves less and less space for animals and plants. They are forced back into shrinking refuges, which are ever further ... read more

Neu5Gc in Red Meat and Organs May Pose a Significant Health Hazard

Oct. 19, 2016 — A non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Millions of years ago, one species of frog diverged into two species. Millions of years later, the two frogs became one again, but with a few extra chromosomes due to whole genome duplication. Such ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — Azure-winged magpies, an Asian bird species, take any opportunity to provide food to their group members, even without receiving any reward themselves. A team of cognitive biologists showed this type ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — The decades-long tracking of flying birds reveals that body size and flight styles determine the scale of birds' migration, as predicted by the aerodynamic theory of bird flight. A researcher ... read more

How Animals Sense the Rate of Temperature Change

Oct. 17, 2016 — A biologist has uncovered the molecular mechanism that regulates an animal’s ability to sense the rate of temperature ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Colonial plunder, crime, tribal factions, sectarianism, drug running, piracy, animal poaching, illegal logging and destructive mining practices -- all of which add up to wholesale environmental ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — Tiny robots have been helping researchers study how cli­mate change affects bio­di­ver­sity. These “robo­mus­sels” have the shape, size, and color of actual mus­sels, with minia­ture ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — The humble bait worm wriggling on the hook at the end of angler's line may be considered a low value resource, but in the first global assessment of its value and impact, researchers have ... read more

Soy Protein Early in Life May Help Prevent Bone Loss in Adulthood

Oct. 14, 2016 — Move over milk, soy protein early in life might be what's needed for strong, healthy bones in adulthood. New research reports that early dietary nutrition heavy in soy protein isolate can ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — The first animals evolved from their single-celled ancestors around 800 million years ago, but new evidence suggests that this leap to multi-celled organisms in the tree of life may not have been ... read more

Migration Routes Hold Key to Bird Flu Spread, Global Study Finds

Oct. 13, 2016 — Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks, experts ... read more

Better Insights Into Drivers of Avian Flu Outbreak

Oct. 13, 2016 — The 2014-15 outbreak of avian flu was likely driven by long-distant migrant birds, a new study reveals. The finding could help inform future efforts to thwart outbreaks. Beginning in 2014, a highly ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Insects play a vital role in ecosystem health, helping to aerate soil, keeping the natural system in balance, and preventing detrimental pests from taking over essential natural resources. ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — Why reinvent the wheel when nature has the answer? One researcher's natural inspiration is coming from dolphins who seem to have protective proteins that may contain clues to treatments for ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — While jumping spiders are known to have great vision, a new study proves for the first time that spiders can hear at a distance. A study describes how researchers used metal microelectrodes in a ... read more

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