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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Leishmania Parasites Reveal Their Sexuality

Feb. 8, 2016 — With 16 million people affected worldwide, mainly in developing countries, leishmaniosis (also called leishmaniasis) is a major public health problem. It is, however, a neglected disease, from the ... read more

Climate Change Helps Bats to Spread Their Wings

Feb. 8, 2016 — Climate change is most likely behind the spread of a type of vesper bat across Europe over the last four decades. Kuhl's pipistrelle has extended its range by nearly 400 percent, according to a ... 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. 4, 2016 — The tarantula, named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, is only one of fourteen spider species recently discovered in the southwestern United States. This new discovery nearly doubles ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step ... 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

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 — A new study has mapped food specialization in hummingbird communities across the Americas, leading to a rare documentation of a large scale ecological pattern. It reveals that communities with high ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, ... read more

New Zealand's Little Penguins Are Recent Australian Invaders

Feb. 2, 2016 — The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study. Following the recent ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Incomplete information is leaving many endangered species off conservation priorities. The majority of species are poorly known, many only from a handful of museum specimens. This makes determining ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Logging can encourage black rats to invade tropical rainforests by creating habitats they prefer, giving them the chance to displace native ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of ... read more

Dominant Ant Species Significantly Influence Ecosystems

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers investigated the role of different ant species in various ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests. They discovered that the dominant role is often played by only a few or even a ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Two endemic tree frog species, not recognized by science until now, have been identified in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Unlike their siblings from mainland China and Southern ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Ocean acidification may be impacting upon the population dynamics of marine species and hindering their ability to genetically adapt to future climate change. These are the findings of a team of ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Conventional methods of stock monitoring are unsuitable for certain fish species. For example, the infestation of an area with invasive Ponto-Caspian gobies cannot be identified in time by standard ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Using head shape and genetic analyses, new research challenges the formerly designated subspecies within the western rattlesnake species. These findings have important implications for ecological ... read more

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