Advanced Solar-Powered Tracking Devices Reveal Wildlife Secrets
Advanced solar-powered tracking devices allow researchers to follow previously hard-to-study animals as they feed, socialize or migrate. In turn, this data could be used to make better wildlife and habitat management decisions.
Studying Compulsive Behavior In Dogs May Help Improve OCD Treatments For People
New findings on canine compulsive disorder (CCD) may help improve treatments and therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in people, according to researchers from Tufts University.
Female Blacktip Sharks Stay Closer To Shore In Australia
Rather than coming close to shore only to breed, James Cook University researchers found that female blacktip sharks remain in Cockle Bay, Australia, year-round with their young. This highlights the importance of conservation along coastal areas.
Birds That Sing Together, Stay Together
Not all birds are monogamous, and when it comes to Australian red-backed fairy-wrens both sexes tend to be very promiscuous. Surprisingly, Cornell ornithologists recently discovered males can keep their mates faithful by singing duets.
Is Human Activity Speeding Up Evolution?
Humans may be speeding up the otherwise slow process of evolution by introducing new species to unfamiliar areas. Consequently, heightened competition leads to a loss of diversity.
Fish Can Be Right-Handed Or Left-Handed, Study Shows
In a recent study from Nagoya University in Japan, researchers found scale-eating cichlid fish from Africa’s Lake Tanganyika become either right-handed or left-handed as the mature. It is believed that such specialization gives the fish an evolutionary advantage.
Dinosaur Had Multiple Fractures And Bone Infection
Numerous injuries and bone infections were recently found on the fossil bones of a dinosaur known as Dilophosaurus wetherilli. Researchers say these health issues were probably painful and made it difficult for the animal to hunt.
At Least 75 Howler Monkeys Found Dead In Nicaragua
At least 75 howler monkeys have been found dead in Nicaragua. This unusual mortality event follows two smaller events in Ecuador and Panama, which raises concern among scientists.
Record-Breaking 6,250 Manatees Spotted In Florida
A record-breaking 6,250 manatees were recently counted during aerial surveys in Florida. While this is good news for the threatened animals, conservationists warn the population boom is likely a result of warmer waters, rather than a sign of recovery.
Is Your Cat In Pain? New Signs To Tell
While many people can tell when something is wrong with their pet, they might not necessarily understand what the problem is. An international team of veterinary scientists have created a list of 25 important behavioral signs they believe will help pet owners quickly diagnose problems, treat illnesses, and ultimately reduce any pain their cat is suffering from.
Flowers Tailor Petal Iridescence To Suit Bees
Certain colors confuse bees, so flowers will tone down the iridescence of their petals to attract bees and increase their chances of pollination.
Rare Pacific Seahorse Spotted Off California Coast
A rare Pacific seahorse was recently caught on camera off the coast of California, likely brought to the area by unusually warm El Niño waters.
Desert Beetles, Cacti and Pitcher Plants Inspire New Water Harvesting Techniques
By combining the water harvesting techniques of Namib Desert beetles and spiny cacti, Harvard researchers have developed improved ways of collecting and transporting water. Their findings have significant implications, as water scarcity becomes a growing problem worldwide.
Invasive Bighead Carp Caught In Minnesota River
A bighead carp weighing about 25 pounds was recently captured in the Minnesota River. This raises concern about potential effects invasive fish can have on the state's waterways.
Kids and Great Apes Create Similar Tools To Solve Problems
When it comes to solving problems, kids and wild great apes will spontaneously invent similar tools. For instance, when given a stick, young children will use it to retrieve Play Doh balls stuck inside a tube, much like apes use sticks to reach insects at the bottom of a hole. This discovery counters previous beliefs suggesting such tool use requires social learning.