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Paleoart: the strange history of dinosaurs in art – in pictures
Since the early 19th century, artists have depicted colourful – if sometimes fictional – dinosaurs and prehistoric environments, mingling science with unbridled fantasy. This art is the subject of a new book: PaleoartContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 19, 2017 Category: Science Authors: All images courtesy of Taschen Tags: Science and nature Dinosaurs Books Culture Art Art and design Illustration Zoology Fossils Evolution Source Type: news

Too many bats are being killed for research
(Wiley) The work of zoologists worldwide is often an important asset for biodiversity protection, but a new article notes that scientists kill many bats -- even of threatened species -- to study them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 19, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists unlock planthoppers' potential to control future crop disease outbreaks
(eLife) Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Zoology have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 18, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Strong performance in Journal Citation Reports reaffirms Wiley as leading society publishing partner
Wiley’s performance in the 2017 release of Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports (JCR) remains strong, maintaining its position as #3 in terms of the number of titles indexed, articles published and citations received. Overall, 1,214 Wiley journals were included in the reports (+9 from last year), of which 57% were society publications – strengthening Wiley’s position as the world’s leading society publishing partner. Wiley journals were ranked #1 in 26 subject categories, and achieved 363 top-10 category rankings. Particular success stories include the continued high performance of CA...
Source: News from STM - July 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Editorial Featured Source Type: news

Tardigrades: Earth ’s unlikely beacon of life that can survive a cosmic cataclysm
Microscopic creatures reassure scientists complete eradication of life on the planet is extremely unlikelyWhether it is a supernova or an asteroid impact, should a cosmic calamity strike, it seems there will be at least one form of life left: a tubby, microscopic animal with the appearance of a crumpled hoover bag.The creatures, known as tardigrades, are staggeringly hardy animals, a millimetre or less in size, with species living in wet conditions that range from mountain tops to chilly ocean waters to moss and lichen on land.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Zoology Science Astronomy Planets Exoplanets Source Type: news

'Truly unique': lioness adopts and nurses leopard cub
No wild cat has ever been observed nursing a cub from another species – the event may be the result of the Tanzanian lioness having lost her own litterA lioness has been spotted nursing a tiny leopard cub in Tanzania, the first time a wild cat is known to have adopted a cub from another species.The five-year old lioness, called Nosikitok is closely monitored by conservationists in the Ngorongoro conservation area and is known to have had a litter of her own in mid to late June.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Wildlife World news Environment Conservation Tanzania Africa Zoology Science Source Type: news

So long, Dippy: museum's blue whale seeks to inspire love of living world
Natural History Museum in London signals urgency of wildlife crisis by replacing dinosaur centrepiece with species alive todayIn the hot summer of 1976, when Richard Sabin was 10, he went on a trip with his Birmingham primary school to theNatural History Museum in London. Blown away by the scale of what he was seeing, the wide-eyed schoolboy was told by an attendant that if he wanted to see something really big he should make his way to the mammal hall, where the skeletons of a number of whales, including an enormous blue whale, were displayed.“Another gallery attendant went past, and I stopped her and said, ‘A...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Esther Addley Tags: Science Natural History Museum Whales Environment Marine life Museums Culture Wildlife Cetaceans Conservation BBC David Attenborough Television & radio Dinosaurs Fossils Zoology Biology London UK news Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without trave...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 11, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

When very hungry caterpillars turn into cannibals
Research shows that defensive chemicals emitted by plants cause armyworms to turn on each otherCaterpillars turn into cannibals and eat each other when plants deploy defensive chemicals to make their foliage less appetising, research has revealed.While it was already known that caterpillars of many species munch on each other, and that plants have a range of defence mechanisms, it was not clear whether the two were linked.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Insects Environment Wildlife Animals Zoology Science Source Type: news

Thought Leader: Quick Queries with Dr. Carl Clark, Mental Health Center of Denver (Video)
Carl Clark never planned to be the CEO of anything, but today he ’s the president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver. As a young man, Clark was interested in anything that got him outdoors, so he studied zoology in college. It wasn’t until he had decided to pursue psychology instead that he found out about his dad’s bipolar disorder. “I feel like we got lucky, my family, that my dad got access to [mental health] services, because not a lot of people do,” Clark said. “In fact,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 6, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Kathleen Lavine Source Type: news

Thought Leader: Quick Queries with Dr. Carl Clark, Mental Health Center of Denver (Video)
Carl Clark never planned to be the CEO of anything, but today he ’s the president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver. As a young man, Clark was interested in anything that got him outdoors, so he studied zoology in college. It wasn’t until he had decided to pursue psychology instead that he found out about his dad’s bipolar disorder. “I feel like we got lucky, my family, that my dad got access to [mental health] services, because not a lot of people do,” Clark said. “In fact,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 6, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kathleen Lavine Source Type: news

Feathered dinosaurs from China visit the UK | Susannah Lydon
An exhibition including iconic – and infamous – feathered dinosaur specimens comes to Europe for the first timeFeathered dinosaurs are rarely out of the news and area regular topic for our blog. For those in the UK, there ’s a rare opportunity to see some of the original feathered dinosaur specimens this summer in Nottingham.The exhibition – Dinosaurs of China: Ground Shakers to Feathered Flyers – opened on 1 July at Wollaton Hall, home of theNottingham Natural History Museum. The ground-shaking sauropodMamenchisaurus, mounted 13.5m tall in a rearing pose, is a spectacular centrepiece. But, fr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Susannah Lydon Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils Science Evolution Zoology Biology Source Type: news

Bone to pick: volunteers invited to rebuild 157-year-old whale skeleton
Whale Weekender at Grant Zoology Museum calls on public to clean then reassemble bones of 8-metre mammalThe public is invited to help reassemble a giant jigsaw in a London museum, 157 years after two Somerset fishermen went out to catch a “great fish” and brought back a northern bottlenosed whale more than eight metres (26ft) long.Their catch was a local sensation: the carcass went on a west country tour then the skeleton was displayed for years hanging from the ceiling of the museum in Weston-super-Mare.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Museums Whales Archaeology Cetaceans Environment Marine life Wildlife Culture Education Science London UK news Source Type: news

Dinosaur skeleton discovered under Surrey brick factory
Near-complete fossilised skeleton of 132m-year-old creature, believed to be an Iguanodon, has been taken to special laboratory for further investigationThe near-complete fossilised skeleton of a dinosaur, thought to have lived about 132m years ago, has been unearthed at a brick factory in Surrey.Paleontologists say they discovered the bones during a routine visit to the site of the Wienerberger quarry in February. The first clues came when the team looked at rock that had been turned up by a bulldozer at the site and discovered a couple of tail vertebrae.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Science UK news Dinosaurs Evolution Biology Fossils Zoology Source Type: news

Rare dinosaur remains discovered under Surrey brick factory
Near-complete fossilised skeleton of 132m-year-old creature, believed to be an Iguanodon, has been taken to special laboratory for further investigationThe near-complete fossilised skeleton of a dinosaur, thought to have lived about 132m years ago, has been unearthed at a brick factory in Surrey.Paleontologists say they discovered the bones during a routine visit to the site of the Wienerberger quarry in February. The first clues came when the team looked at rock that had been turned up by a bulldozer at the site and discovered a couple of tail vertebrae.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Science UK news Dinosaurs Evolution Biology Fossils Zoology Source Type: news

Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows
The world ’s largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a banWidely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the world ’s largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees.The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic “cocktail effect” from multiple pesticides.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Pesticides Bees Farming Insects Wildlife Environment World news Zoology Science Source Type: news

Dinosaurs ’ sensitive snouts enabled courtship ‘face stroking’, study suggests
Fossilised skull scans reveal neurovascular canal that might have enabled precision-feeding, and face-biting ‘to make a point’Dinosaurs ’ faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought and may have helped them feed more carefully or woo potential mates, according to new research.Experts from the University of Southampton used advanced X-ray and 3D-imaging techniques to look inside the fossilised skull ofNeovenator salerii– a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight, and found evidence that it possessed an extremely sensitive snout of a kind previously only ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Dinosaurs UK news Science Evolution Zoology Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without trave...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 26, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

The week in wildlife – in pictures
Bison, bluebells, bumble bees and beavers are among this week ’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Compiled by Eric Hilaire Tags: Wildlife Environment Animals World news Zoology Biology Science Conservation Safaris Source Type: news

Life won't find a way: how an ostrich fossil halted plans for a real-life Jurassic Park | Elsa Panciroli
Despite dinosaurs having met extinction long ago, our dreams of reviving them refuse to die. Recent events imply we may have to settle for resurrecting poultryThere are some ideas that just won ’t die. Like the villain in a movie, even when they’ve been shot with the bullets of refutation, scalded by heated discourse, and pushed off into the pool of disproven theories, these ideas still claw their way back, bedraggled and screaming, to attack us one more time.If there is one idea in palaeontology that typifies this tiresome cycle, it is the resurrection of the dinosaurs. “Can we ever bring them back?&rdqu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Elsa Panciroli Tags: Science Evolution Biology Dinosaurs Fossils Zoology Source Type: news

What if dinosaurs were still alive? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Brian Switek
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life ’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesDinosaurs dominated terrestrial life on this planet for over 130m years. If it hadn ’t been for a wayward asteroid, the reign of Tyrannosaurus rex and its ilk could have lasted for at least another 66m. In fact, let’s presume for a moment that thecosmic boulder that ended the Cretaceous period totally missed Earth and allowed dinosaurs to survive to the present. What would life be like now?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Brian Switek Tags: Dinosaurs Evolution Fossils Zoology Science Source Type: news

'We're her sort of mum': behind the scenes at Taronga zoo | photo-essay
We join the keepers at Sydney ’s Taronga zoo as they nurture and train their newest arrivals, including Maiya the red panda and Kamini the pygmy hippo. A photo-essay by Jonny WeeksLily and Blossom are about to be toilet trained at Taronga zoo. The two young sugar gliders are curled up together inside a wooden box within a staff bathroom while trainer Suzie Lemon is trying to coax them out with the promise of a sugary, sap-like treat. Lily eventually emerges and promptly pees all over the floor but Lemon doesn ’t seem to mind. After all, they’re not here for that kind of toilet training.“We’re ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Jonny Weeks Tags: Animals Zoology Biology Science Sydney Australia news Source Type: news

'We're sort of her mum': behind the scenes at Taronga zoo | photo-essay
We join the keepers at Sydney ’s Taronga zoo as they nurture and train their newest arrivals, including Maiya the red panda and Kamini the pygmy hippo. A photo-essay by Jonny WeeksLily and Blossom are about to be toilet trained at Taronga zoo. The two young sugar gliders are curled up together inside a wooden box within a staff bathroom while trainer Suzie Lemon is trying to coax them out with the promise of a sugary, sap-like treat. Lily eventually emerges and promptly pees all over the floor but Lemon doesn ’t seem to mind. After all, they’re not here for that kind of toilet training.“We’re ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Jonny Weeks Tags: Animals Zoology Biology Science Sydney Australia news New South Wales Source Type: news

Taylor & Francis partners with The Conversation Africa to boost engagement with African research
Taylor & Francis and The Conversation Africa announce a new partnership to facilitate African researchers increasing public engagement with their work and expertise. By acting as Funding Partner, Taylor & Francis will work with The Conversation Africa to highlight essential African research and offer T&F authors, journal editors, and publishing partners closer links with the African news website. The Conversation is an international network of news websites, addressing the news agenda from an academic perspective. TC-Africa was established in 2015, joining Conversation websites in Australia, the UK, France and ...
Source: News from STM - June 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without trave...
Source: Public Policy Reports - June 12, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

William 'Skip' Baker Joins White River Medical Center (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. William "Skip" Baker has been hired as medical director and Dr. Danyale Wallace has been appointed assistant medical director in the emergency department at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Baker previously was the director of emergency services and trauma and an emergency department physician at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Baker earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He also completed a three-year residency in emergency medicine ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - June 12, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Epigenetic signaling axis regulates proliferation and self-renewal of neural stem/progenitor cells
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) In a recent study published in Stem Cell Reports, a team led by Drs. LIU Changmei and TENG Zhaoqian from the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, found a novel epigenetic signaling axis (composed of PRC1, microRNA, and PRC2) that regulates self-renewal and proliferation of NSPCs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 12, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How the Galapagos cormorant lost its ability to fly
The flightless Galapagos cormorant is one of a diverse array of animals that live on the Galapagos Islands, which piqued Charles Darwin ’s scientific curiosity in the 1830s. He hypothesized that altered evolutionary pressures may have contributed to the loss of the ability to fly in birds like the Galapagos cormorant.In a new study unraveling the cormorant ’s DNA, UCLA scientists discovered genetic changes that transpired during the past 2 million years and contributed to the bird’s inability to fly. Interestingly, when these same genes go awry in humans, they cause bone-development disorders called skele...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 1, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

An Endangered Lizard From Indonesia May Hold The Key To Treating Superbugs
Komodo dragons, the 10-foot, 300-pound lizards found in Indonesia, do not bite humans unless attacked, but when they do, it can prove deadly. Not only is the venom in their teeth potentially fatal, they may also harbor bacteria in their mouths that is dangerous to their prey (typically, deer and pigs). The question of whether Komodo dragons deliver fatal bacterial infections to their prey when they bite has been somewhat controversial: A 2013 study, refuting previously accepted common wisdom, swabbed the mouths of 16 captive Komodo dragons and found they had less bacteria than other predators, such as lions.  Nonethel...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Imperiled Indonesian Lizard May Hold The Key To Fighting Superbugs
Komodo dragons, the 10-foot, 300-pound lizards found in Indonesia, do not bite humans unless attacked, but when they do, it can prove deadly. Not only is the venom in their teeth potentially fatal, they may also harbor bacteria in their mouths that is dangerous to their prey (typically, deer and pigs). The question of whether Komodo dragons deliver fatal bacterial infections to their prey when they bite has been somewhat controversial: A 2013 study, refuting previously accepted common wisdom, swabbed the mouths of 16 captive Komodo dragons and found they had less bacteria than other predators, such as lions.  Nonethel...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Imperiled Indonesian Lizard May Hold The Key To Fighting Superbugs
Komodo dragons, the 10-foot, 300-pound lizards found in Indonesia, do not bite humans unless attacked, but when they do, it can prove deadly. Not only is the venom in their teeth potentially fatal, they may also harbor bacteria in their mouths that is dangerous to their prey (typically, deer and pigs). The question of whether Komodo dragons deliver fatal bacterial infections to their prey when they bite has been somewhat controversial: A 2013 study, refuting previously accepted common wisdom, swabbed the mouths of 16 captive Komodo dragons and found they had less bacteria than other predators, such as lions.  Nonethel...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without trave...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 30, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

The week in wildlife – in pictures
Herons in flight, an inquisitive marmot and a blue whale are among this week ’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Compiled by Eric Hilaire Tags: Wildlife Environment Animals Zoology Biology Science Source Type: news

Here be dragons: the million-year journey of the Komodo dragon | Hanneke Meijer
Far from being the special result of insular evolution, Komodo dragons are the last survivors of a group of huge lizards that ranged over much of AustralasiaIn 1910, Lieutenant Jacques Karel Henri van Steyn van Hensbroek was stationed onFloresIsland in eastern Indonesia within the Dutch colonial administration, when he received word of a “land crocodile” of unusually large size living on the nearby island ofKomodo. Intrigued, he set out to Komodo to investigate for himself. He returned with a photo and the skin of the animal, which he sent to Pieter Ouwens, then director of the Java Zoological Museum and Botani...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hanneke Meijer Tags: Science Evolution Fossils Biology Source Type: news

Alberta museum unveils world's best-preserved armoured dinosaur
Fossil of 18ft nodosaur found in 2011 in Alberta ’s tar sands goes on display after 7,000 hours of reconstruction workIt has been compared to a dinosaur mummy, a lifelike sculpture and even a dragon from Game of Thrones.Now, 110 million years after it died, the 18ft-long nodosaur – hailed as the best-preserved armoured dinosaur in the world – has been unveiled at a Canadian museum.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ashifa Kassam in Toronto Tags: Dinosaurs Canada Fossils Americas Evolution Biology Zoology Science Museums Culture World news Source Type: news

Dental Hygiene KOL Patti DiGangi, RDH Publishes the ROMA* Manual on Dentistry
Part of the DentalCodeology Series, the New Book is a Light Hearted,Yet Deadly Serious Look at the Dental ProfessionAddison, IL – May 09, 2017 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, took a totally different approach when writing the latest book in her DentalCodeology Series.She and co-author Dr. Benson Baty took a humorous approach in examining some of the observations, insights and urban legends associated with patient communications, dental team interactions and clinical practice.“You can’t make this stuff up,” says DiGangi. “I think everyone who has worke...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 15, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy
Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without trave...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 15, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New butterfly species discovered in Israel for the first time in 109 years
(Pensoft Publishers) Little does a scientist expect to discover a new species of easy-to-see and well-studied animal, especially if it inhabits thoroughly explored areas. However, Vladimir Lukhtanov, a biologist at the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a startling discovery: a new, beautiful butterfly named Acentria's fritillary, which was spotted as it flew over the slopes of the popular Mount Hermon ski resort in northern Israel. It is described in the open access journal Comparative Cytogenetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Feeding strategies in competing hummingbird species observed in a small area in Brazil
(Pensoft Publishers) Being the vertebrates with the highest metabolic rate thanks to their rapid wing flaps, the hummingbirds have evolved various feeding behaviors. While they tend to go for food high in energy, strong competition affects greatly their preferences and behavior towards either dominance, obedience, traplining or a strategy named hide-and-wait, conclude Brazilian scientists after observing several species of hummingbirds over the span of six months. Their conclusions are published in the open access journal Zoologia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 2, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mass die-offs accelerate across the planet, by 2020 two-thirds of wild animals will be wiped out
(Natural News) The planet’s animal population is rapidly dwindling, with about two-thirds expected to be wiped out by 2020, a recent analysis revealed. To carry out the study, researchers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) compiled data on animal population and found that it declined by 57 percent between 1970 and 2012.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bow wow: scientists create definitive canine family tree
Study sheds light on breed evolution and why certain types of dog are prone to the same diseases despite appearing to be very differentIt sounds like the ultimate shaggy dog story, but scientists say they have created the definitive canine family tree.The study not only sheds light on the evolution of different breeds, but also reveals why certain breeds are prone to the same diseases even though they appear to be very different.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Biology Dogs Evolution Animals Zoology Genetics Science Source Type: news

Plastic-eating worms could help wage war on waste
Wax moth larvae are usually bred as fish bait, but a chance discovery has revealed their taste for plastic – which could be used to beat polluting plasticFor caterpillars that are bred as premium fish bait, it must rank as a better life. Rather than dangling on the end of a hook and wondering what comes next, the grubs are set to join the war on plastic waste.The larvae of wax moths are sold as delicious snacks for chub, carp and catfish, but in the wild the worms live on beeswax, making them the scourge of beekeepers across Europe.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Biology Plastic bags Plastics Science Environment Zoology Animal behaviour Source Type: news

He Was Searching For Intersexual Pigs And Ended Up Finding The World's Rarest Dog
Twenty years after beginning his quest to find what’s been called the world’s rarest canine species, James “Mac” McIntyre was vindicated. There on his camera screen were the images he’d been waiting years for. The New Guinea highland wild dog — an animal once feared extinct — was alive and well, his pictures showed. “I squealed like a girl,” the 62-year-old said earlier this month, speaking from his Florida home. “It was emotionally such a tremendous moment. It was justification for all the work I’ve done.” How McIntyre ended up finding the New Guinea ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Sweet? Naked mole rats can survive without oxygen using plant sugar tactic
The subterranean rodents are able to switch to a fructose-based metabolic system previously only observed in plants, a new study revealsThey feel no pain, don ’t get cancer and look like baggy-skinned sausages with teeth: the naked mole rat is already famously weird. Now scientists have discovered what could be the subterranean rodents’ strangest trait yet: they can survive without oxygen by switching to a metabolic strategy normally used by plants.By switching from a glucose-based metabolic system, which depends on oxygen, to one that uses fructose instead, mole rats can cope with nearly twenty minutes in air ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Animals Biology Science Animal behaviour Zoology Source Type: news

How the humble fly can help to solve our most gruesome crimes
Flies are often the first visitors to a murder scene. Studying their grisly dining habits can reveal vital clues to help catch the killerFlies are regarded by most people as a nuisance at best, a harbinger of death at worst. They elicit little more than feelings of disgust and many people are happy to kill them without a second thought. But there is another side to the story. The fly is one of nature ’s great marvels and, perhaps, the criminologist’s best friend.In addition to familiar forensic clues such as fingerprints, tell-tale hairs and bloodstains, more and more criminal investigators are relying on the s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Erica McAlister Tags: Forensic science Zoology Biology Environment Animals Insects Wildlife World news Source Type: news

The week in wildlife – in pictures
Ducks, red deer, cherry blossoms and leopards in the hill forests of Myanmar are among this week ’s pick of images from the natural worldContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Wildlife Environment Animals World news Zoology Science Mammals Source Type: news

Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species
A diving expedition off Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) in the Pacific pushes the boundaries of both technology and the human body to reveal a world of unique species just waiting to be discoveredContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Luiz Rocha Tags: Science Zoology Oceans Environment Conservation Marine life Biology Wildlife Source Type: news

Don Thomas obituary
My father, Don Thomas, who has died aged 88, was inspired to take up an academic life as a biologist, by his childhood love of the rivers, mountains and wildlife of Ceredigion in Wales.He was born at Llangeitho, a village near the market town of Tregaron, and attended Tregaron grammar school. He was always very grateful for the way that the school helped him to expand his horizons academically. By 1954 he had been awarded a BSc in zoology and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, where he met his future wife, Joy Robinson. They married the following year.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Efua Thomas Tags: Biology Science Health Society Higher education Wales UK news Source Type: news

Bloodthirsty chomp-monster or sensitive lover? Time to rethink Tyrannosaurus rex | Brian Switek
No other dinosaur has sunk its teeth so deeply into our imagination, yet the focus on its hunting means we ’re surprised to discover it was a real, living animalWe ’re over 66 million years too late to know what tyrannosaurus mating rituals entailed. Whether the immense carnivores courted like oversized albatrosses, offered gifts of semi-rotted triceratops meat, or simply got down to business without pretence is a vignette lost toCretaceous time. But research published last week in the journalScientific Reports has spurred headlines suggesting that the great and powerfulT. rex might have been a sensitive lover....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Brian Switek Tags: Dinosaurs Evolution Fossils Zoology Science World news Source Type: news

Brazilian Zoologia joins Pensoft's portfolio of open access journals
(Pensoft Publishers) In a new partnership between Sociedade Brasileira de Zoologia and academic publisher Pensoft, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in South America, Zoologia joins Pensoft's portfolio of open access peer-reviewed journals. Zoologia is to be published on the innovative and technologically advanced ARPHA platform, developed by Pensoft, and follow its traditional format, providing modern design, intuitive interface, and a lot of high-tech perks for all authors, readers and editors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 3, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news