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  • Rising temperatures can be hard on dogs

    25 July 2014, 9:20 am

    The "dog days of summer" are here, but don't let the phrase fool you. This hot time of year can be dangerous for your pup, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.
  • It takes two to court: Researchers identify functions of two classes of mouse pheromone receptors

    25 July 2014, 9:10 am

    Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have identified the functions of two classes of pheromone receptors, and found pheromones crucial to triggering the mating process in mice.
  • Underground amphibians evolved unique ear

    25 July 2014, 8:15 am

    Caecilians have developed an oversized organ in their ears to help them sense underground vibrations, say scientists.
  • Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

    25 July 2014, 7:52 am

    This morning, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) received the welcome news that the Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.
  • "Light pollution" may affect love lives of birds in the Viennese Forests

    25 July 2014, 7:04 am

    Artificial light in cities exerts negative effects on humans, animals, and their environment. In an ongoing research project, behavioral biologists at Vetmeduni Vienna are investigating how blue tits in the Viennese Forests react to "light pollution". The…
  • Monkeys fear big cats less, eat more, with humans around

    25 July 2014, 6:00 am

    Some Monkeys in South Africa have been found to regard field scientists as human shields against predators and why not if the alternative is death by leopard? The researchers found the monkeys felt far safer when humans were nearby. It has to do with a life…
  • Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times

    24 July 2014, 4:32 pm

    (AP)—A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.
  • Study indicates large raptors in Africa used for bushmeat

    24 July 2014, 4:30 pm

    Bushmeat, the use of native animal species for food or commercial food sale, has been heavily documented to be a significant factor in the decline of many species of primates and other mammals. However, a new study indicates that more than half of the species…
  • The microbes make the sake brewery

    24 July 2014, 3:34 pm

    A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and…
  • Fighting bacteria—with viruses

    24 July 2014, 2:40 pm

    Research published today in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The…
  • No returning to Eden: Researchers explore how to restore species in a changing world

    24 July 2014, 2:10 pm

    Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to a New Zealand zoologist and colleagues writing in the leading…
  • Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

    24 July 2014, 2:10 pm

    Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The authors call for biologists to…
  • Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed

    24 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it's easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle…
  • Noise pollution impacts fish species differently

    24 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    Acoustic disturbance has different effects on different species of fish, according to a new study from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter which tested fish anti-predator behaviour.
  • Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared

    24 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. Only a million years later, at Mexican Hat, in…
  • Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

    24 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers. This decline matters because of the enormous benefits invertebrates such as…
  • 8.2 percent of our DNA is 'functional'

    24 July 2014, 2:00 pm

    Only 8.2% of human DNA is likely to be doing something important – is 'functional' – say Oxford University researchers.
  • Neiker-Tecnalia is researching the potato genes that best adapt to climate change

    24 July 2014, 1:11 pm

    Neiker-Tecnalia is currently conducting research into the potato genes that best adapt to the anticipated climate change conditions, characterised by a reduction in rainfall and increased extremes of hot and cold temperatures.The aim is to identify the most…
  • Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in Midwest

    24 July 2014, 1:10 pm

    Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one…
  • A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic name

    24 July 2014, 1:09 pm

    The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot of biodiversity and one of the most species richness biome of anurans (frogs, tree-frogs, and toads) in the world. However, current levels of diversity might be still underestimated. In the past few years has been an increase…
  • Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation

    24 July 2014, 12:45 pm

    An international team of researchers led by the University of York has carried out the first assessment of community-led marine conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.
  • Nearly 50 years of lemur data now available online (w/ Video)

    24 July 2014, 10:19 am

    A 48-year archive of life history data for the world's largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The Duke Lemur Center database allows visitors to view and download data for more than 3600 animals…
  • Suburban dugites and bobtails come under the microscope

    24 July 2014, 9:00 am

    A Curtin University researcher is embarking on a new study that will examine behavioural and ecological differences between reptiles in Perth and rural areas to identify key impacts of urbanisation.
  • Butterflies illustrate the effects of environmental change

    24 July 2014, 8:50 am

    Changes in butterfly fauna are yielding surprising insights into our changing environment. The effects of nitrogen from fertilizer or precipitation on the food plants and microclimate of caterpillars have a significant impact on butterfly communities in…
  • Safeguarding Belize's Barrier Reef with conservation drones

    24 July 2014, 8:40 am

    Seeking to gain a high-tech edge over illegal fishers, the Government of Belize will use "eyes in the sky" to enforce fishing regulations in the biodiverse Glover's Reef Marine Reserve and other reef systems in what is the first use of conservation drones to…
  • Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward

    24 July 2014, 8:30 am

    Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.
  • Students use physics to unpack DNA, one molecule at a time

    24 July 2014, 8:20 am

    If two individuals have the same genetic predisposition for breast cancer, why does one person develop cancer while the other does not?
  • Herbivore drool defeats fungal defence

    24 July 2014, 8:00 am

    A report in Biology Letters shows that the drool of herbivores might help defeat the toxic fungal defences of the plants they graze on.
  • Marine biologist claims lionfish study by sixth grader was lifted from his research

    24 July 2014, 7:30 am

    Zack Jud, a PhD graduate of Florida International University and current marine biologist, has caused a small ruckus in the marine biology community by posting comments on his Facebook Page, suggesting that the work done by thirteen year old Lauren Arrington…
  • New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

    24 July 2014, 7:20 am

    New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

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