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Clues to how birds began to fly
Published: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:05:52 EDT
Description: For the first time, researchers have measured what is known as the ground effect of flying animals -- and it turns out that they save a lot more energy by flying close to the ground than previously believed. The study supports one of the theories on how birds began to fly.  more...
New fly species found in Indiana may indicate changing climate
Published: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:05:47 EDT
Description: A new type of blow fly spotted in Indiana points to shifting species populations due to climate change. Researchers have observed the first evidence of Lucilia cuprina in Indiana, an insect previously known to populate southern states from Virginia to California.  more...
Working lands play a key role in protecting biodiversity
Published: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:11:03 EDT
Description: Diversifying working lands -- including farmland, rangeland and forests -- may be key to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change, says a new review article. These changes could extend the habitat of critters like bats, but also much larger creatures like bears, elk and other wildlife, outside the boundaries of protected areas, while creating more sustainable, and potentially more productive, working lands.  more...
Bee social or buzz off: Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism
Published: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:51:33 EDT
Description: A new study found that the social lives of sweat bees -- named for their attraction to perspiration -- are linked to patterns of activity in specific genes, including ones linked to autism.  more...
South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights
Published: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:53:13 EDT
Description: There have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature. Researchers set motion-sensing camera traps to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal.  more...
Engineered enzyme eliminates nicotine addiction in preclinical tests
Published: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:10:27 EDT
Description: Scientists have successfully tested a potential new smoking-cessation treatment in rodents.  more...
Pupil's brain recognizes the perfect teacher
Published: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:09:33 EDT
Description: Human and avian youngsters learn behaviors by imitating adults. But learners are selective in who they copy, and scientists don't understand how they choose the right teacher. Young male zebra finches must learn to copy the song of an adult male to mate, but juveniles won't imitate songs played through a loudspeaker or sung by other species of birds. New findings show how the juvenile birds identify the right teacher.  more...
Blue crab baby sizes and shapes influence their survival
Published: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:49:43 EDT
Description: Like people, blue crabs aren't all the same sizes and shapes. Now scientists have discovered substantial differences in the body structures of larval crab siblings and among larvae from different mothers. And that can mean the difference between an early death and survival into adulthood for this important commercial and recreational species.  more...
Winter ticks killing moose at alarming rate
Published: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:08:14 EDT
Description: Researchers have found that the swell of infestations of winter ticks -- which attach themselves to moose during the fall and feed throughout the winter -- is the primary cause of an unprecedented 70 percent death rate of calves over a three-year period.  more...
Letting nature take its course: Wolves in Yellowstone National Park
Published: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 15:07:22 EDT
Description: Since the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, the park's ecosystem has become a deeply complex and heterogeneous system, aided by a strategy of minimal human intervention. The new study is a synthesis of 40 years of research on large mammals in Yellowstone National Park.  more...
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