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  • New DNA screening reveals whose blood the vampire bat is drinking
    on April 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    The vampire bat prefers to feed on domestic animals such as cows and pigs. When it does so, there is a risk of transmission of pathogens. Now, a new study describes a new DNA method to efficiently screen many vampire bat blood meal and fecal samples with a high success rate and thereby determine which animals the vampire bats have fed on blood from. […]

  • Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to prehistoric humans
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and other recent human relatives may have begun hunting large mammal species down to size -- by way of extinction -- at least 90,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study. The magnitude and scale of the extinction wave surpassed any other recorded during the last 66 million years, according to the study. […]

  • Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Using lasers, researchers have connected, arranged and merged artificial cells, paving the way for networks of artificial cells acting as tissues. […]

  • Evidence of parental infanticide in a grassland bird species
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Baby birds go missing from their nests all the time. Usually, the disappearances are chalked up to predation, but in extremely rare cases, parents have been observed removing their own chicks from their nests. In a new study, the mysterious and fatal behavior is documented in dickcissels for the first time. […]

  • Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them make effective decisions, according to a new study. […]

  • Solving a pollinator puzzle
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits thanks to a new article. […]

  • How well does the greater sage grouse habitat protects other species?
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Protected areas for sage grouse don't necessarily serve the needs of other species that depend on sagebrush habitat, showing that the bird might not be as much of an umbrella species as had been assumed. […]

  • Coho salmon die, chum salmon survive in stormwater runoff research
    on April 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Scientists found that coho salmon became sick and nearly died, within just a few hours of exposure to polluted stormwater. But chum salmon showed no signs of ill-effects after prolonged exposure to the same water. […]

  • Competition between males improves resilience against climate change
    on April 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Animal species with males who compete intensively for mates might be more resilient to the effects of climate change, according to new research. […]

  • How to improve habitat conservation for migrating cranes
    on April 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Every year, endangered whooping cranes travel along a 4,000-kilometer corridor linking their Canadian nesting grounds and their winter home in Texas. Habitat in their path through the northern Great Plains is being lost at an alarming rate, but identifying key spots for protection is a challenge. Now, researchers behind a new study have created a model of whooping crane habitat use with the potential to greatly improve the targeting of conservation efforts during their migration. […]

  • Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
    on April 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. This new species, called the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, is found only in the island's far-western Bird's Head, or Vogelkop, region. […]

  • First gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest
    on April 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Biologists have created the world's first gene drive system -- a mechanism for manipulating genetic inheritance -- in Drosophila suzukii, an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops. […]

  • The microbiome of a native plant is much more resilient than expected
    on April 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The microbiome, which consists of all microorganisms that live on or in plants, animals and also humans, is important for the health and development of these organisms. Scientists investigated how a plant responds to manipulations of its microbial associations. The results indicate that the enormous bacterial diversity residing in natural soils may account for the stability of the plant-microbiome relationship. […]

  • Plants play greater role than megaherbivore extinctions in changes to ecosystem structure
    on April 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Plants may have exerted greater influence on our terrestrial ecosystems than the megaherbivores that used to roam our landscapes, according to new research. […]

  • Newly identified bacteria may help bees nourish their young
    on April 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Researchers have isolated three previously unknown bacterial species from wild bees and flowers. The bacteria, which belong to the genus Lactobacillus, may play a role in preserving the nectar and pollen that female bees store in their nests as food for their larvae. […]

  • Crowded urban areas have fewer songbirds per person
    on April 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    People in crowded urban areas -- especially poor areas -- see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential 'nuisance' birds, such as pigeons, magpies and gulls, new research shows. […]

  • Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons maneuver to catch agile prey
    on April 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Computer simulations of peregrine falcon attacks show that the extreme speeds reached during dives from high altitudes enhance the raptors' ability to execute maneuvers needed to nab agile prey that would otherwise escape. […]

  • Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks
    on April 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public -- are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival. […]

  • Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas
    on April 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    New evidence shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them. The findings also suggest that the sweet potato crossed the ocean from America to Polynesia without any help from people. The discovery raises doubts about the existence of pre-Columbian contacts between Polynesia and the American continent. […]

  • Deeper understanding of species roles in ecosystems
    on April 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    A species' traits define the role it plays in the ecosystem in which it lives -- this is the conclusion of a new study. New methods can make it easier to predict the ecological role that a species will play when it is introduced, by accident or design, into a new habitat. […]


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