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Australia has a new venomous snake -- And it may already be threatened
Published: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:35:54 EDT
Description: The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A team of biologists discovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula.  more...
84 highly endangered amur leopards remain in China and Russia
Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:19:36 EDT
Description: Scientists estimate there are only 84 remaining highly endangered Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) remaining in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China.  more...
Rats trail behind shrews, monkeys, and humans in visual problem solving
Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:22:10 EDT
Description: Rats take a fundamentally different approach toward solving a simple visual discrimination task than tree shrews, monkeys, and humans, according to a comparative study of the four mammal species. The work could have important implications for the translation of research in animal models to humans.  more...
Fuzzy yellow bats reveal evolutionary relationships in Kenya
Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:22:04 EDT
Description: DNA analysis of fuzzy yellow bats in Kenya revealed at least two new species unknown to science. It's important because Africa's biodiversity is often under-studied and poorly understood, even though bats play a crucial role in agriculture and public health.  more...
Antioxidant benefits of sleep
Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:17:15 EDT
Description: Scientists found that short-sleeping fruit fly mutants shared the common defect of sensitivity to acute oxidative stress, and thus that sleep supports antioxidant processes.  more...
Who got bit? By mailing in 16,000 ticks, citizen scientists help track disease exposures
Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:17:10 EDT
Description: A bite from a disease-carrying tick can transmit a serious, potentially fatal infection, such as Lyme disease. But many ticks go unnoticed and unreported. Now, with the help of citizen scientists, ecologists are offering better insight into people's and animals' potential exposure to tick-borne diseases -- not just the disease reporting and prevalence that's only tracked when people get sick.  more...
Tree shrews can tolerate hot peppers: Mutation in pain receptor makes peppery plant palatable
Published: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:16:36 EDT
Description: Almost all mammals avoid eating chili peppers and other 'hot' foods, because of the pain they induce. But not the tree shrew, according to a new study. The researchers found that this close relative of primates is unaffected by the active ingredient in chili peppers due to a subtle mutation in the receptor that detects it.  more...
Deep in the fly brain, a clue to how evolution changes minds
Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:36:12 EDT
Description: A new study sheds light on the mystery of how evolution tweaks the brain to shape behavior. It started with a close look at two Drosophila species and their mating maneuvers.  more...
Rhino sperm from the cold
Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:13:49 EDT
Description: A new mixture of cryoprotectives allows for an unprecedented high motility of frozen rhinoceros sperm after thawing, report scientists. These new cryoprotectives can increase the prospects of utilizing assisted reproduction techniques for many endangered wildlife species.  more...
Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs
Published: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:12:01 EDT
Description: New research has confirmed that invasive rats decimate seabird populations, with previously unrecognized consequences for the extensive coral reefs that encircle and protect these islands. Invasive predators such as rats -- which feed on bird eggs, chicks, and even adults birds -- are estimated to have decimated seabird populations within 90 percent of the world's temperate and tropical island groups, but until now the extent of their impact on surrounding coral reefs wasn't known.  more...
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