An Italian computer scientist worried by the dwindling numbers of local tortoise, the Testudo hermanni, has invented a small monitoring device that can be strapped onto the creature's back. Linked to a GPS system, the unique movements made by the creature while giving birth could be reported via the device in real-time to enable nearby conservationists to save the eggs from hungry predators.
AFP (Feb. 21, 2013) Brazil has half the world's population of the endangered American jaguar, which is still hunted for its skin. To try and understand the animal better, conservationists are capturing them and then ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 7, 2013) Ecuador's Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site and home to flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. But one in five native plants as well as nearly 50 percent of its endemic ... watch video
Newsy (Oct. 29, 2014) The Galapagos tortoise has made a stupendous recovery from the brink of extinction to a population of more than 1,000. But it still faces threats.
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AFP (June 11, 2015) A huge reptile is on the prowl through Tokyo's streets - but unlike Godzilla, who stomped across Japan's capital in a blaze of destructive energy, Bon-chan the giant tortoise isn't doing anything ... watch video
Oct. 25, 2016 Chronic cannabis users have reduced levels of an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The enzyme has been considered for treatment for cannabis dependence because it breaks down ... read more
Oct. 26, 2016 Good news for those who want to activate their brown fat (or BAT, brown adipose tissue) without having to be cold: New research suggests that a natural compound in mulberries, called "rutin," can ... read more
Oct. 25, 2016 How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to ... read more
Oct. 25, 2016 Researchers have, for the first time, recorded how cells of the epidermis behave during the regrowth of adult limbs after amputation. The scientists carried out continuous ... read more
Oct. 24, 2016 Rabies vaccines stored at warmer temperatures still protect against the disease in dogs, a new research study concludes. The work could lead to improved vaccination coverage in hard to reach, rural ... read more
Oct. 25, 2016 Because plants cannot relocate when resources become scarce, they need to efficiently regulate their growth by responding to environmental cues. Drought is the most important cause of reduced plant ... read more
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
Oct. 21, 2015 A research team working in the Galapagos Archipelago has discovered there are two species of giant tortoises -- not just one, as had been long believed -- living on the island of Santa Cruz in the ... read more
Nov. 7, 2014 Through the careful study of modern and early fossil tortoise, researchers now have a better understanding of how tortoises breathe and the evolutionary processes that helped shape their unique ... read more
Nov. 27, 2012 The Galapagos giant tortoise, one of the most fascinating species of the Galapagos archipelago, treks slowly and untiringly across the volcanic slopes. They usually start their annual migration at ... read more