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  • Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in certain species of poisonous…

    24 October 2014, 6:36 pm

    Frogs are well-known for being among the loudest amphibians, but new research indicates that the development of this trait followed another: bright coloration. Scientists have found that the telltale colors of some poisonous frog species established them as an…
  • Law of the Sea authorizes animal tagging research without nations' consent

    24 October 2014, 6:33 pm

    Many marine animals are world travelers, and scientists who study and track them can rarely predict through which nations' territorial waters their paths will lead.
  • Climate change impacts countered by stricter fisheries management

    24 October 2014, 12:56 pm

    A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Cat dentals fill you with dread?

    24 October 2014, 11:10 am

    A survey published this year found that over 50% of final year veterinary students in the UK do not feel confident either in discussing orodental problems with clients or in performing a detailed examination of the oral cavity of their small animal patients.…
  • Mycologist promotes agarikon as a possibility to counter growing antibiotic resistance

    24 October 2014, 9:10 am

    ( —Mycologist Paul Stamets is espousing the health benefits of agarikon, a fungus that grows on trees in old growth forests in North America and Europe. He's written and published a blog piece in the Huffington Post, describing the known…
  • Decrease of genetic diversity in the endangered Saimaa ringed seal continues

    24 October 2014, 8:42 am

    The critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal, which inhabits Lake Saimaa in Finland, has extremely low genetic diversity and this development seems to continue, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her doctoral…
  • Researchers find ferns communicate with one another to decide gender

    24 October 2014, 8:40 am

    ( —A combined team of researchers from Nagoya University and the University of Tokyo has discovered that a certain type of fern plant communicates with others of its kind using pheromones as a means of choosing the gender of maturing plants. In…
  • How can we help endangered vultures?

    24 October 2014, 8:00 am

    Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin are proposing an ingenious idea to help conserve populations of African white-backed vultures. The iconic birds, which play a critical role in sustaining healthy ecosystems, may need to…
  • Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

    24 October 2014, 7:20 am

    Amargosa voles, small rodents that inhabit rare marshes of the Mojave Desert, have faced dire circumstances in recent years. Loss of habitat, extreme drought and climate change brought this subspecies of the California vole to near extinction, leaving only a…
  • Research predicts how the squirrelpox virus could spread in grey squirrel populations

    24 October 2014, 7:00 am

    New research involving a Heriot-Watt scientist predicts how the squirrelpox virus could spread in grey squirrel populations in Scotland, and will be useful in planning how best to protect red squirrels.
  • Sex-loving, meat-eating reptiles have shorter lives

    24 October 2014, 5:53 am

    The health risks and benefits of vegetarianism have long been discussed in relation to the human diet, but newly published research reveals that it's definitely of benefit to the reptile population. That, and being less sexually active! The research team…
  • US charges safari owners with illegal rhino hunts

    23 October 2014, 5:40 pm

    Two South African men were charged Thursday by the US government with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts to American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns.
  • Bodies at sea: Ocean oxygen levels may impact scavenger response

    23 October 2014, 3:33 pm

    An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to Simon Fraser University researchers in a new study published this week in the journal PLoS One.
  • Synthetic biology on ordinary paper, results off the page

    23 October 2014, 3:18 pm

    New achievements in synthetic biology announced today by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, which will allow complex cellular recognition reactions to proceed outside of living cells, will dare scientists to dream big:…
  • Top marine scientists call for action on 'invisible' fisheries

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    To protect our oceans from irreversible harm, governments, conservationists, and researchers around the world must address the enormous threat posed by unregulated and destructive fisheries, say top marine scientists.
  • Scientists uncover how protein ensures reproductive success

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    An international team of researchers from Japan and the UK has discovered how a single protein, called PP4, oversees the processing of DNA during sperm and egg generation for successful fertilization. This protein's activity becomes even more paramount during…
  • Gene identified for immune system reset after infection

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    When pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella or Staphylococcus invade a host, the host organism should respond by going into a state of high alert, altering its metabolism to defend against the attack.
  • How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species – some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more recently: their completely new form and structure (morphology) arose and diversified…
  • Florida lizards evolve rapidly, within 15 years and 20 generations

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species—in as little as 15 years—as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba.
  • Team identifies 'molecular scissors' required for successful chromosome separation in sex cells

    23 October 2014, 2:00 pm

    The development of a new organism from the joining of two single cells is a carefully orchestrated endeavor. But even before sperm meets egg, an equally elaborate set of choreographed steps must occur to ensure successful sexual reproduction. Those steps,…
  • Helping sweet cherries survive the long haul

    23 October 2014, 12:16 pm

    A new study says that cherry producers need to understand new intricacies of the production-harvest-marketing continuum in order to successfully move sweet cherries from growers to end consumers. For example, the Canadian sweet cherry industry has had to…
  • New studies bring scientists closer to combating dangerous unstable proteins

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm

    Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a way to decrease deadly protein deposits in the heart, kidney and other organs associated with a group of human diseases called the systemic amyloid diseases.
  • YEATS protein potential therapeutic target for cancer

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm

    Federal Express and UPS are no match for the human body when it comes to distribution. There exists in cancer biology an impressive packaging and delivery system that influences whether your body will develop cancer or not.
  • Paper-based synthetic gene networks could enable rapid detection of Ebola and other viruses

    23 October 2014, 12:00 pm

    Synthetic gene networks hold great potential for broad biotechnology and medical applications, but so far they have been limited to the lab. A study published by Cell Press October 23rd in the journal Cell reveals a new method for using engineered gene…
  • Birds roosting in large groups less likely to contract West Nile virus

    23 October 2014, 11:48 am

    Although it would seem logical that large numbers of roosting birds would attract more mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and contract the disease when bitten, recent research at the University of Illinois found the opposite to be true. That is, when large…
  • Arrested development: Sediment wreaks havoc with fish larvae

    23 October 2014, 10:26 am

    Sediments associated with dredging and flood plumes could have a significant impact on fish populations by extending the time required for the development of their larvae, according to Australian researchers.
  • Precise and programmable biological circuits

    23 October 2014, 10:22 am

    A team led by ETH professor Yaakov Benenson has developed several new components for biological circuits. These components are key building blocks for constructing precisely functioning and programmable bio-computers.
  • Flu at the zoo and other disasters: Experts help animal exhibitors prepare for the worst

    23 October 2014, 10:20 am

    Here are three disaster scenarios for zoo or aquarium managers: One, a wildfire lunges towards your facility, threatening your staff and hundreds of zoo animals. Two, hurricane floodwaters pour into your basement, where thousands of exotic fish and marine…
  • Veterinarian cautions against using unnecessary over-the-counter drugs

    23 October 2014, 10:19 am

    If your small dog or cat has discoloration around the eye, be cautious when using over-the-counter medication to clear it up, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.
  • Chamber of secrets: How cells organise themselves influences their ability to communicate

    23 October 2014, 9:50 am

    From basketball to handball, rugby to American football, teams in a variety of sports huddle together to agree tactics in secret. Cells, too, can huddle to communicate within a restricted group, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in…

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