Wildlife

Birds of a feather flock together to confuse potential predators
January 18, 2017 09:03 AM - University of Bristol

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Groningen, in The Netherlands, have created a computer game style experiment which sheds new light on the reasons why starlings flock in massive swirling groups over wintering grounds.

A mumeration can hold many thousands of starlings but the reasons why they put on these amazing displays are not well understood.

The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes
January 17, 2017 09:24 AM - Nick Stockton, Wired

At four in the morning, Tim Caro roused his colleagues. Bleary-eyed and grumbling, they followed him to the edge of the village, where the beasts were hiding. He sat them down in chairs, and after letting their eyes adjust for a minute, he asked them if they saw anything. And if so, would they please point where?

The Man in the Zebra Suit Knows the Secret of the Stripes
January 17, 2017 09:24 AM - Nick Stockton, Wired

At four in the morning, Tim Caro roused his colleagues. Bleary-eyed and grumbling, they followed him to the edge of the village, where the beasts were hiding. He sat them down in chairs, and after letting their eyes adjust for a minute, he asked them if they saw anything. And if so, would they please point where?

Study refutes how fruit flies developed alcohol tolerance
January 16, 2017 10:08 AM - University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The common fruit fly, the tiny insect drawn to your beer or wine, has evolved to have an impressive tolerance for alcohol.

More than two decades ago, in one of the first papers using gene sequences to find signatures of natural selection, scientists hypothesized that a molecular change in an enzyme gave the Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly species its superior ability to metabolize alcohol. Scientists concluded that the change they found in the Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) protein could be the adaptation that allowed D. melanogaster to colonize ethanol-rich habitats in rotting fruit better than its nearly identical relative, Drosophila simulans.

Study refutes how fruit flies developed alcohol tolerance
January 16, 2017 10:08 AM - University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The common fruit fly, the tiny insect drawn to your beer or wine, has evolved to have an impressive tolerance for alcohol.

More than two decades ago, in one of the first papers using gene sequences to find signatures of natural selection, scientists hypothesized that a molecular change in an enzyme gave the Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly species its superior ability to metabolize alcohol. Scientists concluded that the change they found in the Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) protein could be the adaptation that allowed D. melanogaster to colonize ethanol-rich habitats in rotting fruit better than its nearly identical relative, Drosophila simulans.

Genome sequence of a polar alga explains adaptation to extreme climates
January 16, 2017 10:00 AM - University of East Anglia

An international team of researchers has identified the genetic mutations which allowed microalgae (phytoplankton) from the Southern Ocean to adapt to extreme and highly variable climates – a step towards understanding how polar organisms are impacted by climate change.

Scientists highlight the critical role of birds in forest regeneration
January 16, 2017 08:32 AM - Laura Briggs, The Ecologist, The Ecologist

The loss of birds could significantly impact efforts to combat deforestation, according to research from scientists looking at species across the Brazilian Amazon. 

Scientists highlight the critical role of birds in forest regeneration
January 16, 2017 08:32 AM - Laura Briggs, The Ecologist, The Ecologist

The loss of birds could significantly impact efforts to combat deforestation, according to research from scientists looking at species across the Brazilian Amazon. 

Researchers capture first glimpse of ruby seadragons in the wild
January 13, 2017 08:49 AM - The University of Western Australia

A scientific expedition off the coast of Western Australia led to researchers from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography catching a rare glimpse of the newly discovered ruby seadragon in the wild.

Researchers capture first glimpse of ruby seadragons in the wild
January 13, 2017 08:49 AM - The University of Western Australia

A scientific expedition off the coast of Western Australia led to researchers from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and Scripps Institution of Oceanography catching a rare glimpse of the newly discovered ruby seadragon in the wild.

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