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  • Study to examine welfare aspects of cat containment

    23 April 2014, 10:12 am

    The first study of its kind will assess the impact that electronic containment systems may have on cat welfare.
  • Personality determines whether tarantulas copulate with males or cannibalize them

    23 April 2014, 9:58 am

    Sexual cannibalism in spiders – the attack and consumption of males by females before or after copulation – is very widespread. A new investigation analyses the reason behind such extreme behaviour, at times even before the females have ensured the sperm's…
  • Spying on plant communication with tiny bugs

    23 April 2014, 9:40 am

    Internal communications in plants share striking similarities with those in animals, new research reveals. With the help of tiny insects, scientists were able to tap into this communication system. Their results reveal the importance of these communications in…
  • Research suggests ELABELA hormone plays a key role in endoderm and heart development

    23 April 2014, 9:05 am

    The binding of hormones to their receptors plays a key role in the development of many organs of the body. The apelin receptor is expressed in the developing embryo, coming online many hours prior to its presently known ligand, apelin. Organisms that lack…
  • Secret life of cells revealed with new technique

    23 April 2014, 8:30 am

    (Phys.org) —A new technique that allows researchers to conduct experiments more rapidly and accurately is giving insights into the workings of proteins important in heart and muscle diseases.
  • New alfalfa variety resists ravenous local pest

    23 April 2014, 8:00 am

    (Phys.org) —Cornell plant breeders have released a new alfalfa variety with some resistance against the alfalfa snout beetle, which has ravaged alfalfa fields in nine northern New York counties and across the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
  • In the 'slime jungle' height matters

    23 April 2014, 7:49 am

    (Phys.org) —In communities of microbes, akin to 'slime jungles', cells evolve not just to grow faster than their rivals but also to push themselves to the surface of colonies where they gain the best access to oxygen, new research shows.
  • Former Iron Curtain still barrier for deer

    23 April 2014, 4:30 am

    The Iron Curtain was traced by an electrified barbed-wire fence that isolated the communist world from the West. It was an impenetrable Cold War barrier—and for some inhabitants of the Czech Republic it still is.
  • Sloth guts are designed for hanging upside down, study finds

    23 April 2014, 4:11 am

    Three-toed sloths have a unique abdominal design—their innards fixed to their lower ribs to avoid squashing the lungs while hanging upside down, a study said Wednesday.
  • Humpback protections downgrade clears way for pipeline

    22 April 2014, 6:27 pm

    Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada's downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Researchers discover the most effective animal signal strategies

    22 April 2014, 6:26 pm

    There are all sorts of signaling strategies in nature. Peacocks puff out their feathers and spread their colorful tails; satin bowbirds build specialized stick structures, called bowers, and decorate them with blue and shiny objects; and European bitterling…
  • Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

    22 April 2014, 6:09 pm

    Scientists say the number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline—possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery.
  • Getting at the root of the mountain pine beetle's rapid habitat expansion and forest

    22 April 2014, 6:00 pm

    The mountain pine beetle has wreaked havoc in North America, across forests from the American Southwest to British Columbia and Alberta, with the potential to spread all the way to the Atlantic coast. Millions of acres of forest have been lost, with severe…
  • Peru probes killing of endangered penguins

    22 April 2014, 4:15 pm

    Peruvian authorities announced an investigation Tuesday into the killing of five penguins found slashed to death at a center for endangered species.
  • New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology

    22 April 2014, 2:15 pm

    Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
  • What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans?

    22 April 2014, 1:44 pm

    In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup…
  • New electric fish genus and species discovered in Brazil's Rio Negro

    22 April 2014, 1:30 pm

    Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Brazil, this week report that they have discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in several tributaries of the Negro River in the…
  • Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn

    22 April 2014, 1:28 pm

    Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward higher…
  • Rainbow trout genome sequenced

    22 April 2014, 12:00 pm

    Using fish bred at Washington State University, an international team of researchers has mapped the genetic profile of the rainbow trout, a versatile salmonid whose relatively recent genetic history opens a window into how vertebrates evolve.
  • Queuing theory helps physicist understand protein recycling

    22 April 2014, 10:17 am

    We've all waited in line and most of us have gotten stuck in a check-out line longer than we would like. For Will Mather, assistant professor of physics and an instructor with the College of Science's Integrated Science Curriculum, studying lines, or queues,…
  • Hairballs are the natural result of your cat's grooming behavior

    22 April 2014, 9:30 am

    Believe it or not, April 25 is Hairball Awareness Day, one of the pet-health awareness events recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • New critter discovered on whale carcass

    22 April 2014, 9:10 am

    A new species of bug, similar in appearance to the common woodlouse, has been found plastered all over a whale carcass on the floor of the deep Southern Ocean.
  • Perth metro lakes surveyed for introduced fish

    22 April 2014, 9:00 am

    Fisheries officers are attempting to eradicate introduced fish from some Perth waterways following research that suggests less than five per cent contain only native species.
  • Til' death do us part – in the plant world

    22 April 2014, 8:30 am

    (Phys.org) —A landmark study from The University of Queensland has described the ultimate act of sacrifice and survival, in the plant world.
  • Extrusion technology improves food security in Africa

    22 April 2014, 8:00 am

    In the April issue of Food Technology magazine, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), contributing authors write about how extrusion technology is a powerful food processing technique that can produce a variety of products made from locally…
  • Some cows' infertility linked to Y chromosome

    22 April 2014, 7:20 am

    In the beef industry, if a cow does not get pregnant after breeding, she becomes an economic liability in the herd. Lack of calf production can significantly reduce annual revenue for producers.
  • Study shows rhesus monkeys able to add numbers together for a reward

    22 April 2014, 6:50 am

    (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at Harvard Medical School has found that it is possible to teach rhesus monkeys to perform simple addition. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes studies…
  • Sixty percent of Japanese support whale hunt

    22 April 2014, 4:30 am

    Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country's whaling programme, but only 14 percent eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.
  • Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes

    22 April 2014, 1:00 am

    Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows' gut bacteria. The findings, reported in mBio the online open-access journal of the American…
  • Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control

    21 April 2014, 7:08 pm

    (Phys.org) —Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals and birds ranging from orangutans to zebra…

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