Wildlife

Logged Tropical Rainforests Still Support Biodiversity Even When the Heat Is On
October 20, 2017 02:16 PM - University of Sheffield

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed.

Logged Tropical Rainforests Still Support Biodiversity Even When the Heat Is On
October 20, 2017 02:16 PM - University of Sheffield

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed.

University of Toronto biologists discover an epigenetic key to unlock behavioural change in fruit flies
October 20, 2017 08:06 AM - University of Toronto

When it comes to behaviour, researchers have moved beyond the “nature versus nurture” debate. It’s understood that genes and environment both play a role. However, how they interact at a molecular level to shape behaviour is still unclear.

A new study led by scientists at the University of Toronto sheds valuable light on this relationship. The paper, published in  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, reveals how epigenetics – changes in gene expression that do not change DNA – interact with genes to shape different feeding behaviours in fruit flies. This research unlocks the molecular mechanism that leads “rover” flies to forage for food more than “sitter” flies.

Scientists Map Monogamy, Jealousy in the Monkey Mind
October 19, 2017 12:58 PM - University of California - Davis

It’s perhaps one of the most common emotions to feel in a relationship, but one that’s virtually untouched when it comes to studying relationships in monogamous primate species. What scientists have recently discovered about jealousy in pair-bonded titi monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) offers insight into human emotions and their consequences.

Scientists Map Monogamy, Jealousy in the Monkey Mind
October 19, 2017 12:58 PM - University of California - Davis

It’s perhaps one of the most common emotions to feel in a relationship, but one that’s virtually untouched when it comes to studying relationships in monogamous primate species. What scientists have recently discovered about jealousy in pair-bonded titi monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) offers insight into human emotions and their consequences.

A New Butterflyfish— A Rare, Surprise Find— Is Described from the Philippine “Twilight Zone” and Academy Exhibit
October 19, 2017 12:04 PM - California Academy of Sciences

A newly described species of brown-and-white Philippine butterflyfish—the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi—made a fantastic, 7,000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status. Live specimens collected from 360 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in the Philippine’s Verde Island Passage escaped special notice until a single black fin spine tipped off aquarium biologists back in San Francisco. Deep-diving researchers from the California Academy of Sciences’ Hope for Reefs team—with genetic sequencing help from a parent–son team—share their discovery of a fifth species of Roa this week in ZooKeys.

A New Butterflyfish— A Rare, Surprise Find— Is Described from the Philippine “Twilight Zone” and Academy Exhibit
October 19, 2017 12:04 PM - California Academy of Sciences

A newly described species of brown-and-white Philippine butterflyfish—the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi—made a fantastic, 7,000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status. Live specimens collected from 360 feet beneath the ocean’s surface in the Philippine’s Verde Island Passage escaped special notice until a single black fin spine tipped off aquarium biologists back in San Francisco. Deep-diving researchers from the California Academy of Sciences’ Hope for Reefs team—with genetic sequencing help from a parent–son team—share their discovery of a fifth species of Roa this week in ZooKeys.

Illinois Sportfish Recovery a Result of 1972 Clean Water Act, Scientists Report
October 18, 2017 12:35 PM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began just after implementation of the Clean Water Act, the researchers say.

Illinois Sportfish Recovery a Result of 1972 Clean Water Act, Scientists Report
October 18, 2017 12:35 PM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began just after implementation of the Clean Water Act, the researchers say.

DNA Tests on Albatross Poo Reveal Secret Diet of Top Predator
October 18, 2017 10:41 AM - University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the world’s most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predator’s diet.

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