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  • DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish
    on December 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides -- including DDT -- in the meltwater. […]

  • Damning evidence of dam's impacts on rainforest birds
    on December 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Conservation scientists have found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse. […]

  • Interventions in dog populations could reduce rabies in rural China
    on December 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Domestic dogs play a key role in the transmission and expansion of rabies in rural areas of China, according to a new study. […]

  • Mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. […]

  • Parrot genome analysis reveals insights into longevity, cognition
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Parrots are famously talkative, and a blue-fronted Amazon parrot named Moises -- or at least its genome -- is telling scientists volumes about the longevity and highly developed cognitive abilities that give parrots so much in common with humans. Perhaps someday, it will also provide clues about how parrots learn to vocalize so well. […]

  • Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources. Seabirds are now the most threatened bird group. […]

  • Young aphids piggyback on adult aphids to get to safety faster
    on December 6, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Young aphids may ride on the backs of adult aphids to get back to the safety of a host plant quicker, according to a new study. […]

  • 229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018
    on December 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, seven flowering plants, seven spiders, four eels, three sharks, two water bears, one frog, one snake, one seahorse, one moss, and one liverwort plant. […]

  • Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur from the Jurassic (180 million years ago) reveals that these animals were most likely warm-blooded, had insulating blubber and used their coloration as camouflage from predators. […]

  • Sea invertebrate sheds light on evolution of human blood, immune systems
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Botryllus schlosseri, a marine invertebrate that lives in underwater colonies resembling fuzzy pinheads clinging to rocks, has a blood-forming system with uncanny similarities to that of humans, according to scientists. […]

  • 30 years of experimental evolution results in a new sex chromosome
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Researchers report new findings of an experimental evolutionary project that ran for 30 years on the genomic mechanisms of sex determination in swordtail fish. […]

  • Evolution of the inner ear: Insights from jawless fish
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Researchers have described for the first time the development of the hagfish inner ear. Published in the journal Nature, the study provides a new story for inner ear evolution that began with the last common ancestor of modern vertebrates. […]

  • New butterfly named for pioneering 17th-century entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian
    on December 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    More than two centuries before initiatives to increase the number of women in STEM fields, Maria Sibylla Merian was a professional artist and naturalist whose close observations and illustrations were the first to accurately portray the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths and emphasize the intimate relationship between insects and their host plants. Now, a new Central American butterfly species has been named in her honor. […]

  • Enhancing our vision of the past
    on December 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Scientists have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and genetics. […]

  • How the brain hears and fears
    on December 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    What does the brain do when things go bump in the night? Researchers are looking at neural activity in the amygdala by studying how mice react when they hear a sound they've been taught to fear. […]

  • Human actions impact wild salmon's ability to evolve
    on December 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential. […]

  • More diversity than before: Indications for recovery after ecosystem pollution
    on December 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Lake Constance, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe, suffered from eutrophication, or nutrient contamination caused by agricultural and waste water run-off in the mid-1900s. A study has now revealed that one European whitefish species expanded its genetic variation through hybridization with other whitefish species during the period of eutrophication. […]

  • Dynamics of chromatin during organ and tissue regeneration
    on December 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    The researchers, who conducted the analysis with Drosphila melanogaster, discovered a group of genes involved in regeneration and which are kept in different species. […]

  • Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover
    on December 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Encouraging people to change their behavior through social marketing campaigns can help the recovery of threatened wildlife populations. […]

  • High cost of infidelity for swift parrots
    on December 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Scientists have found a chronic shortage of females in a critically endangered parrot species has led to love triangles, sneaky sex on the side, increased fighting between males and fewer babies. […]

  • Set your teeth on EDGE: World's weirdest sharks and rays on the brink of extinction
    on December 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Sharks that use a whip-like tail to stun their prey, rays with saws on their faces, and river rays half the length of a bus are among the most unique species at risk of extinction, according to the latest ranking from international conservation charity ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) pioneering EDGE of Existence program. […]

  • A new approach to studying the flu
    on December 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    A clever repurposing of a biological tool gives researchers new clues as to how the flu remains so successful. […]

  • First jellyfish genome reveals ancient beginnings of complex body plan
    on December 3, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish -- the moon jelly Aurelia aurita -- shows that early jellyfish recycled existing genes to gain the ability to morph from polyp to medusa. […]

  • Undercover investigation: Socio-economic survey of pangolin hunting in Assam, India
    on December 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Referred to as the world's most trafficked mammal, pangolins are not only being gradually pushed to the edge of extinction, but also made an innocent victim to huge cruelty. Having conducted a 2-year socio-economic survey of pangolin poaching in Northeast India, a research team aims to quantify and understand the drivers of the practice in the previously unstudied region in order to recommend adequate measures. […]

  • Why a curious crustacean could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood
    on December 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Scientists studying gribble -- a curious wood-eating crustacean -- have discovered how they are able to digest wood despite being the only known animal to have a sterile digestive system. The discovery may help to develop cheaper and more sustainable tools for converting wood into biofuel in the future. […]

  • New approach to assess sustainability of reef fish
    on November 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    A new study helping to improve how sustainability is measured for popular reef fish could help better assess the eco-friendly seafood options at the dinner table. […]

  • A bastard seal from the past reveals the potential for human hybrids
    on November 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    If discovered as fossils, grey and ringed seals are so different that they could be classified as belonging to different families. Yet, a seal pup born in 1929 was found to be an almost perfect intermediate between the species. Compared to Neanderthals and modern humans, grey and ringed seals are genetically and dentally at least twice as different, suggesting that there may be more fossil human hybrids to be discovered. […]

  • New research questions fish stocking obligations
    on November 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Fish stocking as a fisheries compensation method in hydropower operations no longer meets latest legal and scientific requirements, according to a new study. The study focuses on ecological flows from the viewpoints of law and biology. […]

  • Insight into swimming fish could lead to robotics advances
    on November 29, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world. […]

  • Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider
    on November 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Researchers report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. Milk provisioning in T. magnus involves a specialized organ over an extended period, similar to mammalian lactation. The study demonstrated that mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care for sexually mature offspring have also evolved in invertebrates. […]