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October 26, 2020

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Why Bats Excel as Viral Reservoirs Without Getting Sick

A new study confirms bats adopt multiple strategies to reduce pro-inflammatory responses, thus mitigating potential immune-mediated tissue damage and disease. Findings provide important insights for ...

Robots Help to Answer Age-Old Question of Why Fish School

A new study using biomimetic fish-like robots shows that swimming closely together offers fish hydrodynamic ...

Endangered Vaquita Remain Genetically Healthy Even in Low Numbers

The critically endangered vaquita has survived in low numbers in its native Gulf of California for hundreds of thousands of years, a new genetic analysis has found. The study found little sign of ...

Fish Exposed to Even Small Amounts of Estrogen Produce Fewer Males

A biologist conducted experiments with North American freshwater fish called least killifish. She found that fish exposed to estrogen in concentrations of 5 nanograms per liter in controlled lab ...
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Lily the Barn Owl Reveals How Birds Fly in Gusty Winds

Scientists have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions - findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale ...

Childlessness by Circumstance

In birds and other species alike, pairs can face considerable difficulties with reproduction. Scientists have now shown in an extensive analysis of 23,000 zebra finch eggs that infertility is mainly ...

Management of a Popular Game Fish, the Smallmouth Bass

For recreational fishing enthusiasts, the thrill of snagging their next catch comes with discovering what's hooked on the end of the line. In many freshwater streams and rivers -- across the ...

Immune Protein Orchestrates Daily Rhythm of Squid-Bacteria Symbiotic Relationship

New research has revealed that, in the mutually beneficial relationship between with the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the luminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, an immune protein called ...

Light Pollution Alters Predator-Prey Interactions Between Cougars and Mule Deer in Western US

A new study provides strong evidence that exposure to light pollution alters predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a rapidly growing region where ...

Odors as Navigational Cues for Pigeons

Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing ...

Early-Arriving Endangered Chinook Salmon Take the Brunt of Sea Lion Predation

A new study found that sea lions have the largest negative effect on early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia ...

Losing Flight Had Huge Benefits for Ants

Researchers have taken detailed scans of worker ants to examine the hypothesis that the loss of flight is directly connected to the evolution of ...

Mystery Over Decline in Sea Turtle Sightings

The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers ...

Marine Protected Area Urged for Antarctica Peninsula

Species on the Antarctic Peninsula are threatened by climate change and human activities including commercial fishing, tourism, and research ...

World's Greatest Mass Extinction Triggered Switch to Warm-Bloodedness

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great ...

Protecting Ecologically Important Krill in the Southern Ocean from Overfishing

Although the krill catch is regulated, caution is required to avoid endangering the population itself and the species that depend on it, warns a group of krill ...

Bats Save Energy by Reducing Energetically Costly Immune Functions During Annual Migration

A team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) investigated whether and how the immune response changes between pre-migration and migration seasons in ...

Australian Carp Virus Plan 'Dead in the Water'

Plans to release a virus to reduce numbers of invasive Common Carp in Australia are unlikely to work and should be dropped, researchers ...

Beak Bone Reveals Pterosaur Like No Other

A new species of small pterosaur - similar in size to a turkey - has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless ...

Mapping out Rest Stops for Migrating Birds

A team of researchers have developed a new metric called the stopover-to-passage ratio that can help determine if a majority of birds are flying over a particular site or stopping at the site to ...

An Alternative to Animal Experiments

Researchers have cultured so-called intestinal organoids from human intestinal tissue, which is a common byproduct when performing bowel surgery. These small 'miniature intestines' can be ...

Plastics Threat to South Pacific Seabirds Confirmed

Plastic gathered from remote corners of the South Pacific Ocean, including nesting areas of New Zealand albatrosses, has confirmed the global threat of plastic pollution to ...

Swine Coronavirus Replicates in Human Cells

A strain of coronavirus that has devastated the pork industry has the potential to infect humans as well, according to new ...

On the Trail of Novel Infectious Agents in Wildlife

A research team investigated the causes of severe respiratory disease in peccaries and taxonomically characterized a novel Streptococcus species (Streptococcus catagoni sp. nov.) based on its ...

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