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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Sep. 28, 2016 — The EnerCage (Energized Cage) system is created for scientific experiments on awake, freely behaving small animals. It wirelessly powers electronic devices and sensors traditionally used during ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Increased carbon dioxide concentrations alters brain chemistry that may lead to neurological impairment in some fish, a first-of-its-kind study ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — For the first time, abnormal brain development following a Zika infection during pregnancy has been documented experimentally in the offspring of a non-human primate. The researchers' ... read more

No Evidence of Long-Term Welfare Problems With Electronic Containment of Cats

Sep. 9, 2016 — A study by animal welfare specialists in the United Kingdom has provided new evidence that using electronic containment systems to restrict where pet cats venture does not result in long-term ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — 'Survival of the fittest' usually means that animals put their own needs first, but occasionally it pays to work together. A new study describes an unusual example of cooperative breeding ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — It turns out being the early bird really does have its advantages. A new study shows that migrating birds fly faster and put more effort into staying on course in spring than in fall, racing to ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — Whooping cranes are changing migration patterns in response to climate and land use change, and these new patterns are being determined by the older, more experienced, members of the population, say ... read more

Sep. 6, 2016 — A study shows that contests of butterflies occur only as erroneous courtships between sexually active males that are unable to distinguish the sex of the other ... read more

New Virus Gets Official Name, Influenza D

Sep. 1, 2016 — A new influenza virus that affects cattle has an official name. influenza D. The executive committee of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Virus announced a new genus, Orthomyxovirdae, with a ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that the amphipod crustacean, which is native to the Ponto-Caspian region, is not a true predator and only plays an indirect role in the massive species extinction of ... read more

Sep. 1, 2016 — Greater understanding of the importance of environmental enrichment in enhancing an animal's physical and social environment is bringing benefits for pet cats -- particularly those that are kept ... read more

Habitat Is a Crucial Factor in Survivability of Released Tortoises

Aug. 31, 2016 — A team of wildlife experts has analyzed the effect of habitat quality on the survival and dispersal of released desert tortoises. Juvenile tortoises used in this study originated from eggs produced ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — New research has resolved a mystery over why female fiddler crabs visit and leave many males during mating season, and found the females aren't just being ... read more

New Strategy to Fight Mosquitoes in a More Efficient and Sustainable Way

Aug. 25, 2016 — Mosquitoes continue to build resistance to existing pesticides. Research has now shown that the chemical substances emitted by one of the mosquito's natural enemies -- the backswimmer -- makes ... read more

Aug. 23, 2016 — Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, affecting turtle habitats. Last year, a team of researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function in ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Tasks that require chimpanzees to work together preferred five-fold, despite opportunities for competition, aggression and ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Sick wild house mice spend time away from their social groups, leading to a decrease in their potential for disease transmission according to a new study. The results can improve models focused on ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — By calling to their eggs, zebra finch parents may be helping their young prepare for a hotter world brought on by climate ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Scientists use the fossil record to make judgments on the physiology and behavior of species. But are those interpretations correct? New research puts into question how we interpret the behavior of ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers have found a specific kind of neuron only in male mice that detects a pheromone in female urine. But the sex difference is not hard-wired. By manipulating the mice's living ... read more

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