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  • Scientists develop 'backpack' computers to track wild animals in hard-to-reach habitats
    on April 2, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    To truly understand an animal species is to observe its behavior and social networks in the wild. With new technology, researchers are able to track tiny animals that divide their time between flying around in the sky and huddling together in caves and hollow trees -- by attaching little backpacks to them with glue.

  • Fish have diverse, distinct gut microbiomes
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    The rich biodiversity of coral reefs even extends to microbial communities within fish, according to new research. The study reports that several important grazing fish on Caribbean coral reefs each harbor a distinct microbial community within their guts, revealing a new perspective on reef ecology.

  • Elephant welfare can be assessed using two indicators
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    In two new studies, scientists have investigated how to measure stress in semi-captive working elephants. The studies suggest that both physiological and behavioral approaches can be used to reliably assess the well-being of semi-captive Asian elephants.

  • About the distribution of biodiversity on our planet
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation for the distribution of biodiversity on our planet.

  • Surprising hearing talents in cormorants
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    The great cormorant has more sensitive hearing under water than in air. This new knowledge may help protect vulnerable bird species.

  • Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides
    on April 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air.

  • Animal camouflage: Natural light flicker can help prevent detection
    on April 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Movement breaks camouflage, making it risky for anything trying to hide. New research has shown that dynamic features common in many natural habitats, such as moving light patterns, can reduce being located when moving.

  • When warblers warn of cowbirds, blackbirds get the message
    on March 31, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    This is the story of three bird species and how they interact. The brown-headed cowbird lays its eggs in other birds' nests and lets them raise its young -- often at the expense of the host's nestlings. To combat this threat, yellow warblers have developed a special 'seet' call that means, 'Look out! Cowbird!' In a new study, researchers report that red-winged blackbirds respond to the seet call as if they know what it means.

  • Sturgeon genome sequenced
    on March 30, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Sturgeons lived on earth already 300 million years ago and yet their external appearance seems to have undergone very little change. A team of researchers has now succeeded in sequencing their genome, delivering a missing piece of the puzzle essential to understanding the ancestry of vertebrates.

  • How animals understand numbers influences their chance of survival
    on March 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    While they can't pick out precise numbers, animals can comprehend that more is, well, more. A neurobiologist explored the current literature on how different animal species comprehend numbers and the impact on their survival, arguing that we won't fully understand the influence of numerical competence unless we study it directly.

  • Where lions roam: West African big cats show no preference between national parks, hunting zones
    on March 30, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    West African lions are a critically endangered subpopulation, with an estimated 400 remaining and strong evidence of ongoing declines.

  • Scientists predict the size of plastics animals can eat
    on March 27, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    A team of scientists has, for the first time, developed a way of predicting the size of plastics different animals are likely to ingest.

  • Animals keep viruses in the sea in balance
    on March 27, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    A variety of sea animals can take up virus particles while filtering seawater for oxygen and food. Sponges are particularly efficient.

  • What can be learned from the microbes on a turtle's shell?
    on March 26, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Researchers have found that a unique type of algae, usually only seen on the shells of turtles, affects the surrounding microbial communities. It is hoped that these findings can be applied to support the conservation of turtles. Previous research has shown that a diverse microbiome can protect animals against infections.

  • Researchers document seasonal migration in deep-sea
    on March 26, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    For the first time, researchers have documented seasonal migrations of fishes across the deep seafloor, revealing an important insight that will further scientific understanding of the nature of our planet.

  • The genetic quest to understand COVID-19
    on March 26, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is now likely to become the fifth endemic coronavirus in humans. Scientists are working to decipher its genome to help us stop other coronaviruses entering the human population.

  • Missing link in coronavirus jump from bats to humans could be pangolins, not snakes
    on March 26, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    As scientists scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, two recent studies of the virus' genome reached controversial conclusions: namely, that snakes are intermediate hosts of the new virus, and that a key coronavirus protein shares 'uncanny similarities' with an HIV-1 protein. Now, a study refutes both ideas and suggests that scaly, anteater-like animals called pangolins are the missing link for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between bats and humans.

  • A possible treatment for COVID-19 and an approach for developing others
    on March 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease is more transmissible, but has a lower mortality rate than its sibling, SARS-CoV, according to a new review article.

  • New feathered dinosaur was one of the last surviving raptors
    on March 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Dineobellator notohesperus lived 67 million years ago.

  • A small forage fish should command greater notice, researchers say
    on March 25, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as 'a quintessential forage fish' for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform 'relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.'

 

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