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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: New Study Shows Some Animal Welfare Issues Get More Media

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have published the first review of how wild animal welfare is reported in the UK media. The research suggests that an animal welfare issue is more likely to attract media coverage if it ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — A researcher found and recorded the Cuatro Ciénegas cichlid, a rare fish by the scientific name of Herichthys minckleyi, using a stealth mating strategy called sneaking to slip his DNA into the next ... read more

Researchers Seek to Improve Welfare in Captive Birds of Prey Through Olfactory Enrichment

Feb. 6, 2017 — For the first time, researchers are exploring ways to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment -- or using scent cues to alleviate boredom and encourage ... read more

Promiscuous Lamprey Found to Conduct 'Sham Matings'

Feb. 6, 2017 — The nonparasitic lamprey Lethenteron kessleri mates repeatedly without releasing eggs, in a behavior termed “sham mating,” suggesting the possibility that females choose their mates while engaged ... read more

'Love Hormone' from Insects as Potential Drug Lead for Inhibiting Preterm Labor

Feb. 1, 2017 — An oxytocin-like neuropeptide ("inotocin") exhibited a specific pharmacological profile for the human receptors of oxytocin (known as the "love hormone") and vasopressin, report ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Shocking is one word Jill Pruetz uses to describe the behavior she witnessed after a chimp was killed at her research site in ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have described a little known yet fascinating aspect of the behavior of Lybia crabs, a species which holds sea anemones in each of its claws (behavior which has earnt it the nickname ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — A biology graduate student played a harmonious duet of singing wrens from a recording she captured out in the field during a recent trip to Costa Rica, to learn about how they learn a new tune with a ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — When it comes to predators, scientists find larger sheephead that consume bigger urchins help keep that population under ... read more

Research Advances Understanding of Defenses Against Antibiotic-Resistant Klebsiella Bacteria

Jan. 25, 2017 — Klebsiella bacteria cause about 10 percent of all hospital-acquired infections in the United States. K. pneumoniae sequence type 258 (ST258) is one of the Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Animal welfare on huge rangelands is a challenge. Researchers are collaborating to find ways to help ranchers better manage livestock and improve animal welfare. Researchers in Australia are very ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — The specific cues that trigger an animal's natural defense vary depending on the species and its history in the ecosystem, a new study ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Wasps have trading partners and compete for the 'best trade deals,' scientists have ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Insects, like mammals including humans, sort chemicals by taste into a few categories and use this information to decide whether to ingest or reject food. Researchers have identified a receptor ... read more

Switching Off the Brain

Jan. 23, 2017 — Switching off specific brain regions in a laboratory animal is an important type of experiment used to better understand how the brain works. A study has now identified effective inhibitors of brain ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — Ants can get their bearings whatever the orientation of their body, new research shows. Their brains may be smaller than the head of a pin, but ants are excellent navigators that use celestial and ... read more

Mapping the Mind of Worms

Jan. 18, 2017 — Biologists have identified signals that drive distinct behavior in microscopic nematode worms, and which may hold lessons for human ... read more

The Tasmanian Tiger Had a Brain Structure Suited to a Predatory Life Style

Jan. 18, 2017 — Brain scans suggest the action-planning part of the cortex was large in these extinct ... read more

Birds of a Feather Flock Together to Confuse Potential Predators

Jan. 17, 2017 — Scientists have created a computer game style experiment which sheds new light on the reasons why starlings flock in massive swirling groups over wintering ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called 'platonic,' researchers have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control of ... read more

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