The common zebra finch may hold the key to improving the lives of people with speech impediments. Researchers in Denmark are looking closely at the birds' vocalization anatomy and say there are links between the mechanics of birdsong and human speech that could be exploited for therapeutic purposes. Basmah Fahim has more.
Reuters (Apr. 23, 2013) US scientists have created an artificial ear using 3D printing technology and living cells. The ear looks and behaves like a real ear and offers hope to children born with ear ... watch video
AFP (Feb. 3, 2016) Scientists in Kenya are counting a threatened species of zebra, using their stripes as a natural barcode. Grevy’s zebra in East Africa numbered around 15,000 in the late 1970s but are believed ... watch video
AFP (Feb. 11, 2016) In a spectacular valley less than two hours' drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century, where a small group of scientists ... watch video
AFP (June 21, 2012) The Grevy's zebra maybe bigger than their common cousins, but their numbers are far smaller. Only a couple thousand now survive, and conservation groups are confident they can only be saved, if more ... watch video
AP (Nov. 28, 2012) The Staten Island Advance reports that a zebra and a miniature horse were spotted trotting through a shopping center parking lot Wednesday. A police spokesman says the animals were corralled and ... watch video
Reuters (Dec. 27, 2013) A new study into motion imaging could explain the evolutionary significance of a zebra's stripes, to confuse predators and disease carrying insects by using optical illusions, according to a ... watch video
Newsy (Sep. 15, 2015) Researchers found zebra finches choose their mate based on personality. Not only that, but the pairing can help the survival rate of their offspring.
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May 4, 2016 The 2013-2014 sea star wasting epidemic along the Oregon coast may have been caused by multiple factors and had significant effects on the sea star population and its prey in ... read more
May 4, 2016 Researchers have discovered how a particular type of cyanobacteria, a photosynthetic microbe, is able to bore into and live within solid carbonates, the main mineral that makes up coral skeletons and ... read more
May 4, 2016 Long-eared bats are assisted in flight by their ears and body, according to a new study. The recent findings improve researchers' understanding of the bats' flying technique ... read more
Oct. 17, 2013 A study has shown for the first time how two tiny molecules regulate a gene implicated in speech and language impairments as well as autism disorders, and that social context of vocal behavior ... read more
Jan. 7, 2013 Like humans, songbirds learn their vocalizations by imitation. Since their songs are used for finding a mate and retaining territories, birdsong is very important for reproductive success. High-field ... read more
Dec. 18, 2012 Male birds use their song to dupe females they have just met by pretending they are in excellent physical condition. Just as some men try to cast themselves in a better light when they approach ... read more
Dec. 7, 2012 The hatching order of birds influences how they behave in adult life according to new research. Biologists looked at how the birds' behavior was affected by the way their parents cared for them ... read more