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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Scientists Developed New Mouse Model of Hirschsprung's Disease

Jan. 7, 2019 — Researchers have developed a new mouse model of Hirschsprung's disease and associated enterocolitis and shed light on the disease ... read more

Electric Fish in Augmented Reality Reveal How Animals 'Actively Sense' World Around Them

Dec. 21, 2018 — Researchers have used augmented reality technology to unravel the mysterious dynamic between active sensing movement and sensory ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Unable to differentiate between a predator and a tourist boat, seals react as soon as they sense a potential threat. The closer a vessel approaches, the more likely it is for the animals to rush to ... read more

Better Understanding of Dog Body Language Could Make Interactions Safer

Dec. 20, 2018 — A better understanding of the way dogs communicate distress could be the first step in reducing the risk of dog bites for both children and adults, a new study has ... read more

Social Animals Have More Parasitic Infections but Lower Infection-Related Costs

Dec. 19, 2018 — Animals living in large groups tend to have more parasites than less social animals do, but according to a new study, they may also be better protected from the negative effects of those ... read more

Dec. 19, 2018 — A new article considers how fire histories affect animals' movement and shape the distribution of ... read more

Deciphering Infanticide

Dec. 18, 2018 — It may seem like one of the cruelest aspects of the natural world, but a new study is pinpointing the suite of factors, including the shape of the pup and a specific set of olfactory signals, or ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — Male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds perform dramatic aerial courtship dives to impress females. In a new study, scientists have shown that diving males closely time key events to produce a burst of ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — New research shows the male smooth guardian frog is a kind of amphibian 'Mr. ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — New research shows that the powerful sense of smell Pacific salmon rely on for migration, finding food and avoiding predators might be in trouble as carbon emissions continue to be absorbed by the ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — In a study of adolescent mice with a version of a gene linked to serious human mental illnesses, researchers say they have uncovered a possible explanation for how marijuana may damage the brains of ... read more

Neuroscientists Uncover Sensory Switches Controlling Infanticide and Parental Behavior

Dec. 13, 2018 — Many species of mammals have evolved what appear to be paradoxical behaviors towards their young. Like humans, most exhibit nurturing, protective behaviors, and in some circumstances even act as ... read more

Dec. 13, 2018 — Researchers have observed a previously unrecognized behavior in a single-celled parasite called Spironucleus vortens, which infects ornamental fish such as angelfish: The protozoans ... read more

Dec. 12, 2018 — Thyalacoleo carnifex, the 'marsupial lion' of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a new study. These insights come after ... read more

Biologists Shed New Light on an Old Question

Dec. 12, 2018 — For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best genes then why aren't all organisms the same? ... read more

College Textbooks Largely Overlook the Most Common Animals

Dec. 12, 2018 — A recent study of textbooks aimed at introductory biology courses finds that they devote less than one percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Move over, trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp: There's a faster appendage in town. According to a new study, the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at speeds of up to 90 meters ... read more

US Healthcare Costs for Animal-Related Injuries Exceed $1 Billion Every Year

Dec. 11, 2018 — The healthcare costs of injuries caused by encounters with animals in the USA exceed US $1 billion every year, finds new ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — 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 ... read more

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