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Controlling Dam Water Levels Could Increase Number Of Salmon
Feb 25, 2014 14:19 PM E
According to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, salmon productivity is greatly affected by the flow and level of water.
camel
MERS Virus In Saudi Arabian Camels Is 'Widespread,' Has Been Present For At Least 20 Years
Feb 25, 2014 00:01 AM E
Camels have been infected with the MERS virus for at least 20 years, according to a study published today in mBio. Previous studies have shown that camels have been infected with MERS since 2003. Whether or not MERS was transmitted from camels to humans still remains unknown, though the scientists behind the mBio study say it is indeed possible.
bird
The Evolution Of Bird, Like Dinosaurs, May Have Occurred Long Before Archaeopteryx
Feb 24, 2014 13:37 PM E
Archaeopteryx, which means early bird or original bird, was long considered to have evolved rapidly from dinosaurs.
Elephant Empathy Revealed In New Study
The Empathy of Elephants: Trunk To Trunk Consoling Behavior Revealed in New Study
Feb 23, 2014 19:27 PM E
Elephants who see another elephant in distress often reach out with their trunks or by making a roar or low rumbling sound to offer consolation, according to a new study done in Thailand that suggests the animals are capable of empathy.
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Lemur Plan Calls For Aid, Ecotourism To Save Madagascar's Endangered Species
Feb 22, 2014 12:54 PM E
An action plan to save the lemur was published yesterday in Science. The work of 19 scientists and lemur experts, the plan calls for government and private aid, as well as ecotourism, to prevent lemurs from extinction. Of the 106 known lemur species, a shocking 94 percent of them are endangered.
Google's Global Forest Watch
Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation In Near-Real Time [VIDEO]
Feb 21, 2014 18:07 PM E
Google's Global Forest Watch online tool allows users to see the destruction of forests in near-real time. Using satellites and user contributions, the tool will not only help users visualize deforestation but can help keep governments and companies from illegal deforestation. More than 500 million acres of forest were destroyed between 2000 and 2012.
marine turtle
Marine Turtle Population Continues To Be Threatened: Legal Harvest Alone Tops 42,000 Each Year
Feb 21, 2014 17:15 PM E
Recently efforts of protectionists and conservationists has led to greater protection of marine turtles, but that may not be enough.
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Human And Dog Brain ‘Voice Areas’: Man And His Best Friend Use Similar Mechanisms To Process Sound
Feb 20, 2014 13:53 PM E
A new study found that dogs have dedicated voice areas in their brains, just as humans do and their brains can gauge emotions in voice just like humans.
Mauritius Kestrel
How The Resilient Mauritius Kestrel Changed Its Life Pattern To Survive Habitat Loss
Feb 20, 2014 13:17 PM E
A vulnerable species of birds on the African island of Mauritius has survived centuries of deforestation thanks to conservation efforts. But new research shows they've also helped themselves by speeding up their biological clocks.
bumblebees
Deadly Honeybee Diseases Spreading To Wild Bumblebees In Large Numbers, Study Finds
Feb 19, 2014 19:49 PM E
Wild bumblebees are becoming infected with diseases at troubling rates, according to a study published today in Nature. Bumblebees may be catching the diseases from managed honeybee populations, which have become highly infected with deformed wing disease and the fungal parasite Nosema ceranae in recent years. Bumblebees may be catching honeybee diseases from sharing the same flowers with them.
Antechinus
Marsupial That Dies After 'Frantic' Sex: New Mouse-Like Species Discovered In Australia
Feb 19, 2014 15:48 PM E
A new, black-tailed species of a mousey Australian marsupial seems to share the same bizarre mating habit of its close relatives. Namely, it practices suicidal sex.
frank zappa plant bacteria
Acne Bacteria Discovered In Grapevines Named After Rock Legend Frank Zappa
Feb 19, 2014 14:38 PM E
An acne bacteria which transferred from humans to plants 7,000 years ago has been named after the unconventional musician Frank Zappa, owing to how unusual the pathogen is. Italian researchers who discovered the bacteria on grapevines collected from northeastern Italy have given the plant pathogen the name Propionibacterium acnes type Zappae.
Mount Hood
Volcano Magma Stays Cold Until Just Before Eruption; New Understanding Could Help Predictions
Feb 17, 2014 15:09 PM E
A study of two historical Mount Hood eruptions may change the way we think about volcanoes. The magma beneath them is much colder than we thought, right up until the eruption.
animal breast milk
Animal Mothers Customize Breast Milk Content And Quantity Based On Offspring Gender
Feb 17, 2014 13:05 PM E
Animal mothers change the content and quantity of their breast milk depending on the gender of their offspring, acourding to a study in PLoS One. In the research, Katie Hinde of Harvard Universtiy found that male rhesus monkeys received milk richer in fat, while females received more, calcium-rich milk.
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