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Taste Receptor Discovered In Animals Found 50 Times More Efficient At Capturing Light Than Human Eye

Researchers have discovered a new photoreceptor that is 50 times more efficient than the photoreceptors in human eyes. The amazing receptor LITE-1 was discovered in a group of eyeless roundworms known as nematodes.

Animals November 19, 2016

Cat Declawing May Soon Be Banned In New Jersey

A bill has passed the assembly committee in New Jersey, targeting the criminalization of cat declawing. While the proposition is controversial, most of the specialists in the field advise against it.

Animals November 17, 2016

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears To Be Removed From Endangered List After Conservation Strategy Approval

The 'Endangered Species' tag bestowed on grizzly bears living at Yellowstone National Park may be lifted. This follows a pitch by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that their numbers had stabilized as conservation efforts succeeded.

Animals November 17, 2016

Pessimist Or Optimist? For Pigs, It Depends On Their Moods And Personalities

New research has found the cognitive biases in pigs. The animals' natural proactive or reactive personality would determine their attitude in different situations, depending on how influenced they are by their environment.

Animals November 16, 2016

Nice To Meet You: Personality May Help Boost Reproduction Rates In Fish

Senegalese sole fish were found to have steady personality traits. According to the research, the data could be used in order to encourage reproduction in captivity.

Animals November 15, 2016

Evidence Of Female Florida Panther Collected North Of Caloosahatchee River Is The First In Decades

Authorities have detected a female panther to the north of Caloosahatchee River after 40 years. The discovery raises expectations that a new boom in panther population is in the offing.

Animals November 15, 2016

Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Invasive Species Of Mussels In Montana

Montana is trying a new strategy to deal with zebra and quagga mussels. The state has trained dogs to detect the presence of these invasive species.

Animals November 13, 2016

Dinosaur Rise More Gradual Than Previously Thought, Fossils Show

There was no sudden surge in the evolution of dinosaurs. Rather it was a slow process as evidenced by the discovery of fossils found in Brazil where two small dinosaurs were spotted together with a lagerpetid, which is the precursor of dinosaurs.

Animals November 11, 2016

Mud Dragon: Bird-Like Dinosaur With Toothless Beak And Feathers Found In China

A new species of bird-like dinosaur was discovered in Southern China. The mud dragon was in an odd position when it was found, suggesting it died trying to free itself after getting stuck in the mud.

Animals November 11, 2016

Sibling Rivalry: Birds Begging For Food Found To Be Less Honest When Competing With Siblings

New research has revealed that sibling rivalry is a big factor in the food hunting habits of birds and chicks. The latter showed more dishonesty when they faced competition from siblings.

Animals November 11, 2016

Seabirds Eat Plastic Because Of Its 'Attractive' Smell

If it smells like food, it must be delicious, right? Not always, as a new study in California proved where researchers found that seabirds often mistake plastic for the typical meals they feast upon, and so they fill their bellies with plastic trash.

Animals November 10, 2016

Paralyzed Monkeys Regain Leg Movement With Wireless Brain Implant

A brain implant developed by Swiss scientists helped several partially paralyzed monkeys regain leg movement, a new study revealed. Experts hope the device can be used in rehabilitation of spinal injury patients.

Animals November 9, 2016

Illegal Ivory Trade: Carbon Dating Suggests Illegal Ivory Taken From Elephants Killed In Past 3 Years

Most of the seized ivory tusks in Africa are derived from recently killed elephants, not from antique tusks, comprehensive forensics analysis revealed. The finding indicates that the rising ivory trade is taking a toll on existing elephant populations.

Animals November 8, 2016

Meet Charlotte, A Massive Huntsman Spider In Australia Freaking Out The Internet

A Facebook post about a spider rescued and released to farm in 2015 has been re-posted by a news agency and it went viral. Terrifying the online audience, the huge spider’s post was shared more than 26,000 times in eight hours.

Animals November 6, 2016

Alaskan Ice Monster: Is It The Loch Ness Monster Or Something Else?

The video of a mysterious creature swimming in the Chena River in Alaska has set tongues wagging of an Alaskan monster on the prowl. The Facebook post set off wild speculations with many saying Loch Ness monster is back.

Animals November 3, 2016

Clam Fossils Reveal Unintended Carbon Cycling Consequences At Colorado River

Clam fossils in America’s Colorado River delta are telling the tale of endangered carbon cycle and devastation of the river’s downstream delta. The dead land’s plight was well revealed in a research conducted by scientists at Cornell University.

Animals November 2, 2016

How Do Sharks Keep Themselves From Drying Out In Salty Seawater?

Spiny dogfish sharks have the capacity to transform ammonia to keep them from drying out. As they live in salty waters, this capacity is an evolutionary means to survive.

Animals October 30, 2016

No Thanks, Humans: Global Vertebrate Population On Course To Drop Two Thirds By 2020

Habitat loss abetted by rising human activity, including food production and depletion of water resources have led to the decline of 58 percent of wildlife between 1970 and 2012, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund.

Animals October 29, 2016

Chimps, Bonobos Swapped Genes In The Past: Ancient Gene Mixing Discovered In Humans’ Closest Relatives

A new study has established that inbreeding and consequent gene mixing between chimpanzees and bonobos did happen in the ancient past. The study with its largest analysis of chimpanzee genomes also gave indicators for conserving apes based on their country of origin.

Animals October 29, 2016

Nonstop Flight: Common Swifts Can Stay Airborne For 10 Straight Months

Researchers have discovered that common swifts can stay in flight for 10 months straight without needing to land. They believe this may have something to do with the animals' diet and method of avoiding predators and parasites on the ground.

Animals October 28, 2016

Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Discovered For First Time: Similar To Crocodiles And Birds

A small clump of fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur has been found near a watery area in England. The fossil shares similarities with the brains of modern-day birds and crocodiles and may have been from a species related to the Iguanodon.

Animals October 29, 2016

Parrot Exposes Affair: Pet Bird Repeats Flirty Chats Between Husband And Maid

A man in Kuwait narrowly escaped punishment for adultery because of the family's pet bird. The parrot repeated his flirty conversations with the housemaid in front of the wife.

Animals October 27, 2016

Prehistoric Humans May Have Driven Cave Lions To Extinction: Cave Lion Pelt Used As Home Decor

The extinction of cave lions might have been due to the hunting spree of Upper Paleolithic humans, who used the animals' pelt as home decor and for ritualistic purposes, according to a new study.

Animals October 27, 2016

Hoary Bats Caught Napping: First Evidence Of Hibernation In Migratory Bat Species

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station have documented the rare hibernation habits of hoary bats. The study is significant as it shows some species can both migrate and hibernate.

Animals October 27, 2016

Massive Spider Carries A Mouse In Australia: How Big Can These Huntsman Spiders Get?

A video featuring a huntsman spider carrying a dead mouse recently went viral on Facebook. It was certainly a big spider to be able to carry off a mouse, but just how big do huntsman spiders get?

Animals October 26, 2016

Bearded Seals 1, Oil Companies 0: Animal Species Can Be Listed As Threatened Based On Climate Change Models

One of the United States’ appeals courts declared that federal authorities may list species as 'threatened' based on projections from climate change models. The court’s decision would help protect bearded seals and other species, experts said.

Animals October 27, 2016

New Millipede Species Found In California Cave Has 414 Legs And 4 Penises

A new species of millipede featuring 414 legs and four penises were discovered in the Lange Cave in California. Only one specimen of this species has been found so far.

Animals October 25, 2016

Stuff Of Nightmares: Watch Oversized Huntsman Spider Drag A Mouse In Australia [Video]

The video of a huntsman spider carrying a mouse has amazed the internet in no more than a few hours since it was posted. The occurrence took place in Australia.

Animals October 24, 2016

Your Dog Is Likely Dreaming About You, Says Harvard Psychologist

Sleeping allows for rearranging information processed throughout the day in a less logical manner. Following this thinking, it is entirely possible for dogs to dream of their owners.

Animals October 22, 2016

Snow Leopard Population Quickly Declining Due To Human Threat But All Is Not Lost

A report has expressed concern over the rapid decline of snow leopards because of rampant poaching in many Asian countries. According to the report from wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, there are only 4,000 left of the animal in the world.

Animals October 22, 2016

Farmers Hunt Endangered Snow Leopards In Revenge For Attacking Livestock

Humans continue to kill snow leopards despite the endangered animal's declining number. The attacks are often perpetrated in retaliation for the big cats preying on farmers' livestock.

Animals October 22, 2016

New Species Of Long-Necked Sauropod Dinosaur Spans About Half The Length Of A Basketball Court

The newly described species of titanosaur dubbed Savannasaurus elliottorum weighed the equivalent of three African elephants when it lived in the late Cretaceous. The dinosaur measured 40 feet long, or about half the length of a basketball court.

Animals October 21, 2016

Capuchin Monkeys Make Stone Tools Believed To Be Unique To Humans

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil produce sharp stone flakes, a behavior believed to be unique to humans and their ancestors. The primates, however, do not see a purpose in these stone tools.

Animals October 19, 2016

Tasmanian Devil Milk Could Help Global Fight Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Compounds found in the milk of Australia's Tasmanian devil were found effective at killing disease-causing pathogens such as the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA. Findings could pave way for development of arsenal against superbugs.

Animals October 19, 2016

Eggs From Skin Cells May Allow Infertile Women To Have Children

Mature eggs created in the lab using mouse skin cells were successfully used to produce healthy pups. The breakthrough could pave way for new treatments that may herald the end of infertility.

Animals October 17, 2016

Jumping Spiders Can Hear At A Distance Even Without Ears: Study

Disproving the conventional knowledge that spiders can only detect nearby sounds, a Cornell University study has found spiders as capable of hearing sounds at a distance despite not having ears.

Animals October 15, 2016

Could Dinosaurs Sing? Oldest Bird Voice Box Offers Clues

The voice box of an ancient bird believed to be a relative of ducks and geese hint that the syrinx of birds developed later in their evolution. What does this tell about the sound produced by dinosaurs?

Animals October 14, 2016

How One Virus Stole Deadly Black Widow Spider DNA That Codes For Venom

What could it possibly mean when a bacteria crosses borders and infects a virus that is only found within the arthropod kingdom? A pair of scientists discovered this unusual phenomenon and is continuously studying the results.

Animals October 15, 2016

Iranian Coastal Waters Now Home To Rare Venomous Snake

Gunther's sea snakes were found in the Iranian coastal waters, being the 10th species of sea snakes in the area, according to a new paper providing an updated checklist of the sampling of sea snakes.

Animals October 11, 2016

Mice Sing Love Songs At Unique High Frequency Only Observed In Supersonic Jet Engines

A study co-authored at the University of Cambridge has dismissed two main hypotheses on mice communication. Instead, findings showed that rodents use ultrasound to communicate, although the underlying mechanisms are still unknown.

Animals October 11, 2016

‘Safe’ Pesticides Not So Safe After All: Honeybee Deaths Linked To Compounds Previously Thought ‘Bee-Safe’

A new study found that pesticides are responsible for many bee colony deaths. From fungicides to insecticides, these substances, thought of as safe for bees and their habitat, end up killing entire colonies.

Animals October 11, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: Radar Images Show Migrating Birds Seeking Refuge In Eye Of Hurricane Matthew

Radar detected what appears as birds taking refuge in the eye of Hurricane Matthew. How do birds like seagulls get inside the eye of the storm?

Animals October 8, 2016

Here’s Why Cat Whiskers Are The Bee’s Knees

Whiskers look purely cosmetic but they are an important part of a cat’s body. How do whiskers affect furry felines? More than you think, probably.

Animals October 8, 2016

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