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Stingless bee species depend on a complex fungal community to survive  PHYS.ORG · 18 minutes
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that the larvae of the Brazilian stingless bee Scaptotrigona depilis depend on interactions between three different species of fungus... more
Lots of good terns: Bird ready to fly off endangered list  PHYS.ORG · 54 minutes
After 34 years on the endangered species list, a tiny Midwestern bird is ready to fly free of federal protection. more
Male specimens preferred by animal collectors, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Museum collections of birds and mammals may be disproportionately skewed to favour males, even if female members of the species outnumber males in the wild, according to research published Wednesday. more
Poor water conditions drive invasive snakeheads onto land  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
The largest fish to walk on land, the voracious northern snakehead, will flee water that is too acidic, salty or high in carbon dioxide—important information for future management of this invasive species. more
Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health  MNT · 14 hours
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. more
Medical News Today: Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health  MNT · 15 hours
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. more
Link between pregnancy stress, immune activation, and postpartum depression  NEWS MEDICAL · 16 hours
A new study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting on October 19, 2019, at Chicago, shows for the first time how postpartum depression could actually be due to abnormal... more
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A duo of ornithologists from the United States and Brazil has recorded the loudest bird song (up to... more
Drought causes more than 100 elephant deaths in Botswana  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
More than 100 elephants have died in two months in Botswana's Chobe National Park due to drought, which has also affected wildlife in other countries in the region, the government... more
Survey completeness of a global citizen-science database of bird occurrence  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
There are many shortfalls in knowledge of the world's biodiversity, and one of the most basic is the lack of knowledge about where species occur geographically. This deficiency... more
Survey completeness of a global citizen-science database of bird occurrence  SCIENCE DAILY · 17 hours
There are many shortfalls in knowledge of the world's biodiversity, and one of the most basic is the lack of knowledge about where species occur geographically. This deficiency... more
Study uncovers brain biology behind postpartum depression  NEWS MEDICAL · 18 hours
Chronic stress during pregnancy triggers an immune response in the brain that has potential to alter brain functions in ways that could contribute to postpartum depression, new research in animals suggests. more
AAE survey: More people afraid of getting a root canal than spiders, snakes, sharks  NEWS MEDICAL · 20 hours
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By cutting out one gene, researchers remove a tadpole's ability to regenerate  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Tadpoles of frogs that can typically regrow amputated tails or limbs lost their ability to regenerate after researchers blocked the expression of a newly... more
Are humans changing animal genetic diversity worldwide?  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
Human population density and land use is causing changes in animal genetic diversity, according to new research. The research show that environmental changes caused by humans are leading to changes in genetic variation in... more
Fish more tolerant than expected to low oxygen events  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows. more
New methods can reduce emissions from the textile industry  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
Both animal and plant cells depend on autophagy in which damaged or superfluous cell material is removed. The degradation of substrates is done by proteins. In animals, it takes place... more
Fish more tolerant than expected to low oxygen events  SCIENCE DAILY · 23 hours
Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows. more
From wood to fish feed: How to transform forestry residues into animal feed  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
The continued demand for food rich in protein and nutrition has highlighted the importance of fisheries and aquaculture. A report by the... more
The pirarucu: the giant prized fish of the Amazon  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Its white flesh is tender and tasty, it can measure up to three meters long and weigh more than 200 kilograms: meet the pirarucu, one of the world's largest freshwater... more
Medical News Today: What to know about a fish bone in the throat  MNT · 1 day
Getting a fish bone stuck in the throat is not usually a serious issue, but it can cause some complications. Learn about... more
Amazon's white bellbirds set new record for loudest bird call  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Biologists report that they have recorded the loudest bird calls ever documented, made by dove-sized male white bellbirds as part of their mating rituals in the mountains of... more
How rat-eating monkeys help keep palm oil plants alive  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Found as an ingredient in many processed and packaged foods, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil. Now, researchers have discovered an unlikely ally for palm oil production:... more
Animal study shows how stress and mother's abuse affects infant brain  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study in rats shows the extent of brain damage in newborn rodents from even short-term abuse by their mother. more
Butterflies and plants evolved in sync, but moth 'ears' predated bats  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study cross-examines classic hypotheses about the coevolution of butterflies with flowering plants and moths with bats, their key predators. The findings show flowering plants... more
Research shows brain's immune system gets activated by stress during pregnancy  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Chronic stress during pregnancy triggers an immune response in the brain that has potential to alter brain functions in ways that could contribute to postpartum depression,... more
Song-learning neurons identified in songbirds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A group of brain cells, the corticobasal ganglia projecting neurons, are important for vocal learning in young birds, but not in adult birds, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... more
Dozens of elephants die in Zimbabwe drought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
At least 55 elephants have died in a month in Zimbabwe due to a lack of food and water, its wildlife agency said Monday, as the country faces one of the worst droughts in... more
Song-learning neurons identified in songbirds  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A group of neurons called the corticobasal ganglia projecting neurons are important for vocal learning in young birds, but not in adult birds, according to a new study. more
New way to think about brain's link to postpartum depression  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Chronic stress during pregnancy triggers an immune response in the brain that has potential to alter brain functions in ways that could contribute to postpartum depression, new research... more
The size of a bus, rare and endangered whale shark spotted off Florida coast  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Bigger than Jaws, but not nearly as dangerous, the largest fish in the sea, a whale shark, was spotted off... more
Insects share the same signaling pathway to form their three-dimensional body  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A signalling pathway controlling morphogenesis, the formation of the three-dimensional body shape in the fruit fly Drosophila, also has pivotal functions for early embryonic development in... more
Watch the world’s loudest bird scream for a mate  Science Magazine · 2 days
White bellbirds shatter the record for noisiest call—and maybe their mates’ eardrums more
'Artificial leaf' successfully produces clean gas  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
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Scientists reveal how the fossil fuel industry misled the public about climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An international group of scientists show that fossil fuel corporations have, for decades, denied the public's right to be accurately informed about... more
Amazon's white bellbirds set new record for loudest bird call  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Biologist Jeff Podos at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with Mario Cohn-Haft at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil, report that they have recorded the loudest... more
Deepest look yet at brewer's yeasts reveals the diversity harnessed by humans  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Thousands of years ago, as humans tamed wild animals and plants into livestock and crops, their penchant for intoxication also led them to unwittingly... more
How rat-eating monkeys help keep palm oil plants alive  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Found as an ingredient in many processed and packaged foods, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 21 have discovered... more
Biodiversity of insects modeled from space satellite data  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
With freely available radar data from satellites, biodiversity in forests can be analysed very well. Researchers now report that biodiversity even of tiny insects can be reliably modeled from space. more
No place like home: Species are on the move, but many have nowhere to go  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Since the 1970s, insects in the warmer half of Britain have been flying, hopping and crawling northwards at... more
New study could revolutionize the way we recycle  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from the University of Surrey together with colleagues from Germany, Spain and France are set to start work on a novel technique to tackle plastic waste, potentially revolutionizing the way we... more
Edible grasshoppers can be modified for better fatty acid composition  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It is possible to modify the fatty acid composition of edible grasshoppers by adding essential fatty acids in their feed, new research from the University of Eastern Finland... more
No place like home: Species are on the move, but many have nowhere to go  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Many insects moving north in response to climate change find they have nowhere to go in Britain's intensively... more
Schools of molecular 'fish' could improve display screens  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Take a dive into what may be the world's smallest coral reef. Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder are using a type of material called liquid crystals to create incredibly small,... more
From biomedicine to buzz pollination: why we need a plan 'bee'  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
With Extinction Rebellion's mass bee-themed 'die ins' hitting the international news, we're reminded again that our bees are facing many threats—from climate change and loss of... more
Schools of molecular 'fish' could improve display screens  nanowerk · 2 days
Take a dive into what may be the world's smallest coral reef. Scientists are using a type of material called liquid crystals to create incredibly small, swirling schools of 'fish'. more
Blog Post » What Can Animals Tell Us About Mental Illnesses?  NIMH · 2 days
In this Director’s Message, directed toward a general audience, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of animals in mental health research and what they can tell us... more
Blog Post » A Hypothesis-Based Approach: The Use of Animals in Mental Health Research  NIMH · 2 days
In this Director’s Message, directed toward the research community, Dr. Gordon provides guidance to researchers on the use of animals... more
Colorful Tennessee fish protected as endangered  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
n response to a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected the Barrens topminnow today under the Endangered Species Act. The small, colorful fish is found only... more
We need to understand the culture of whales so we can save them  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
We often think of culture as solely human. We think of our music, our clothes, our food, our languages. However, culture stretches... more
Schools of molecular 'fish' could improve display screens  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers are using a type of material called liquid crystals to create incredibly small, swirling schools of 'fish.' more
Forests on the radar  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
With freely available radar data from satellites, biodiversity in forests can be analysed very well. In Nature Communications, researchers report that biodiversity even of tiny insects can be reliably modeled from space. more
Real texture for lab-grown meat  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have grown rabbit and cow muscles cells on edible gelatin scaffolds that mimic the texture and consistency of meat, demonstrating that realistic meat products may eventually be produced without the need to raise and slaughter animals. more
Gimme six! Researchers discover aye-aye's extra finger  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The world's weirdest little primate has gotten even weirder, thanks to the discovery of a tiny extra digit. Aye-ayes possess small 'pseudothumbs' -- complete with their own fingerprints --- that may help them grip... more
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Dendritic "spines"—small protrusions on the receiving side of the connection (synapse) between two nerve cells—are recognized as key functional components of neuronal circuits in mammals. The shapes and numbers of spines are regulated by neuronal activity and correlate... more
Migratory birds arriving earlier, but they're not keeping pace with flowering, leaf-out   PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An Aroostook County man's nature-based journal notes written in the mid-1900s are shedding light on ecological effects of climate change in understudied northern Maine. more
Gimme six! Researchers discover aye-aye's extra finger  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The world's weirdest little primate has gotten even weirder, thanks to the discovery of a tiny extra digit. A study led by researchers from North Carolina State University has found that aye-ayes possess small... more
Spectacled Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
An international team of ornithologists led by by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History has discovered and scientifically described a... more
This Brainless 'Blob' Could Take Over the Paris Zoo, If You Give It Enough Oatmeal  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
The Paris Zoological Park is debuting a new exhibit on 'the blob' — a brainless, single-cell slime mold... more
Whole genome sequencing could help save pumas from inbreeding  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
The first complete genetic sequences of individual mountain lions point the way to better conservation strategies for saving threatened populations of the wild animals. more
Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the rapid expansion... more
Highly diluted candidate Ebola vaccine remains fully protective against disease in macaques  NEWS MEDICAL · 5 days
A single dose of a highly diluted VSV-Ebola virus vaccine--approximately one-millionth of what is in the vaccine being used to help control the ongoing... more
Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans  MNT · 5 days
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans. more
Medical News Today: Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans  MNT · 5 days
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans. more
Red tide continues to spread around southwest Florida  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Red tide algae showed up in test samples again this week, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's weekly report. more
Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. more
Candidate Ebola vaccine still effective when highly diluted, macaque study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A single dose of a highly diluted VSV-Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine -- approximately one-millionth of what is in the vaccine being used to help control the... more
Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable... more
Nearly Complete Specimen of Saurornitholestes langstoni Unearthed in Canada  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
A fossil site in Canada has yielded the best-preserved specimen of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Saurornitholestes langstoni ever found.... more
More than just whale food: Krill's influence on carbon dioxide and global climate  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Antarctic krill are well-known for their role at the base of the Southern Ocean food web, where they're food for marine predators... more
Oddness of Australian creatures goes way back  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Australian creatures like the echidna and the koala are celebrated for their oddness. The fossil record shows that this oddity reaches far back into prehistory, as illustrated in the form of a fossil horseshoe... more
Newly discovered virus infects bald eagles across America  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown virus infecting nearly a third of America's bald eagle population. Scientists found the virus while searching for the cause of Wisconsin River Eagle Syndrome, an enigmatic... more
Glowing to the bottom  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In the dark depths of the ocean, pretty much the only sources of light are the animals that live there. Whether flashing, glimmering, or emitting glowing liquids, many deep-sea animals are able to produce light (bioluminesce). MBARI researchers recently found... more
A better way to screen cats for heart disease  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Cats are very good at hiding their health problems, a survival instinct from their wild ancestors, when showing weakness made them easier prey. One health problem they hide is heart... more
Imaging combined with genetic screening of cells enhances genomic discoveries  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Scientists routinely use genetic screens to perturb, or change the activity of, genes in mammalian cells, one at a time, to learn what those genes do. Pooled screens... more
Newly discovered virus infects bald eagles across America  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown virus infecting nearly a third of America's bald eagle population. more
New study uncovers 'magnetic' memory of European glass eels  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway found that... more
Health care intervention: Treating high-need, high-cost patients  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Patients with complex needs -- serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders -- flock to emergency rooms costing the health care system billions every year. A new study suggests a nontraditional... more
Research suggests nontraditional approach can improve outcomes for 'high-need, high-cost' patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
In crisis and with nowhere else to turn, thousands of patients with complex needs -- serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders --... more
Newly discovered microbes band together, 'flip out'  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists have found a new species of choanoflagellate. This close relative of animals forms sheets of cells that 'flip' inside-out in response to light, alternating between a cup-shaped feeding form and a ball-like swimming... more
Medical News Today: Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike  MNT · 6 days
Researchers have found that some raw dog food products harbor harmful bacteria that could cause infections both in... more
First scientific description of elusive bird illuminates plight of Borneo's forests  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Scientists surveying the birdlife of Borneo have discovered a startling surprise: an undescribed species of bird, which has been named the spectacled flowerpecker. While scientists and... more
Keto diet may cause skin problems  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
Researchers from Austria have found that ketogenic diets could affect psoriasis-like skin inflammation in mice. They noted that keto diets including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) such as coconut along with omega-3 fatty acids obtained from nuts and... more
Raw pet food a risk for humans and animals  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The team wrote, “Feeding pets raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) has become increasingly popular but may constitute a risk due to the contamination with pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacteria.” more
Phylogenetic analysis forces rethink of termite evolution  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists have constructed a new family tree for this unassuming insect brood, shedding unexpected light on its evolutionary history. more
Light-regulated collective contractility in a multicellular choanoflagellate  Science Magazine · 6 days
Collective cell contractions that generate global tissue deformations are a signature feature of animal movement and morphogenesis. However, the origin of collective contractility in animals remains unclear. While surveying the Caribbean island of Curacao... more
Scientists discover new species of wasp-mimicking praying mantis  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director of Research & Collections and Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Gavin Svenson and former Case Western Reserve University graduate student, Henrique Rodrigues, have discovered a new... more
Scientists discover new species of wasp-mimicking praying mantis  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Biologists have described a new species of praying mantis that displays the first documented example of conspicuous mimicking of a wasp among praying mantises. more
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