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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Snake venom composition could be related to hormones and diet

This news release was issued on 28-Sept-2016 Many people are afraid of snakes, but scientists are now revealing insights about their venoms that could give even ophidiophobes an appreciation for the..

How do birds dive safely at high speeds? New research explains.

Credit: Sunny Jung/Virginia Tech To surprise their prey, some species of seabirds dive into the water at speeds greater than 50 miles per hour. A human diver entering the water that fast would likely..

Dog stool microbiome predicts canine inflammatory bowel disease

Our gut microbiomes -- the varieties of microbes living in our digestive tracts -- may play a role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Since dogs can also suffer from IBD, researchers...

Hearing the same sound twice in each ear helps insects locate their mates

An incredibly advanced hearing system which enables a group of insects to listen to the same sound twice with each ear, helping them to locate the sound's origin with pinpoint accuracy,...

Wind turbines killing more than just local birds

Wind turbines are known to kill large birds, such as golden eagles, that live nearby. Now there is evidence that birds from up to hundreds of miles away make up a...

Good food puts bees in good mood

Biologists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that after bumblebees drink a small droplet of really sweet sugar water, they behave like they are in a positive emotion-like...

Saving two adult eagles per year to save the population of this endangered species

Dying due to electrocution at the power lines is the most common death for Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata), a threatened species in Europe. This is the case of a ringed bird...

Human and avian running on uneven ground

Humans and birds adapt their movement when running on uneven ground. "And even though their adaptation mechanisms and strategies developed completely independently, they do so in very similar ways," says Dr...

Genes underlying dogs’ social ability revealed

The social ability of dogs is affected by genes that also seems to influence human behaviour, according to a new study from Linköping University in Sweden. The scientists have found a...

Wireless, freely behaving rodent cage helps scientists collect more reliable data

Instead of building a better mouse trap, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a better mouse cage. They've created a system called EnerCage (Energized Cage) for scientific experiments on awake,...

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