Posts Tagged 'wildlife'

US Ichthyologists Claim Political Interference

Threatened coho salmon have prompted environmental objections to dams on the Klamath River in Oregon. Credit: E. R. Keeley, USGS

US fisheries scientists are claiming that a supervisor threatened to eliminate their research division after the team had produced controversial model predictions of the survival and recovery of the threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch).

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Elephants Make the Long Trek Across Deserts for Survival

Elephants Make the Long Trek Across Deserts For Survival

Elephants need to consume a minimum of 100 liters of water and 100 kilograms of vegetation daily, yet a small population of 350 manages to survive in the harsh Gourma region of Mali, south of the Niger River, where temperatures spike to 50˚C and vegetation is sparse.

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Nopili Goby, The Waterfall Climbing Fish

Nopili Goby, The Waterfall-Jumping Fish

When the Nopili goby (Sicyopterus stimpsoni) moves from salt water to fresh water, over the course of two days, the fish’s mouth migrates from the tip of its head to its chin. This lets it adapt to its new environment.

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Birdsongs Elicit “Emotional” Response From Birds

Credit: Brandon Keim/Wired

Scientists indicate that birds listening to birdsong may be experiencing an emotional response akin to when humans listen to music. The study tracked the neural activity in sparrows.

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Compound in Panda Blood Could Fight Superbugs

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Researchers have discovered a potent antibody in panda blood, which could help fight increasingly prevalent drug-resistant strains of infections.

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Flying Squirrels Can Adjust Speed and Flight Dynamically

Flying Squirrels Can Adjust Speed and Flight Dynamically

Flying squirrels, a tribe of 44 species of the family Sciuridae, might look reckless as they fling themselves through the air, but scientists have reported that there is a certain measure of finesse involved. The squirrels are able to actively manipulate the furry membrane that stretches between their wrists and ankles to control the speed and direction of their flight.

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Periodical Cicadas Manipulate the Populations of Predatory Birds

Periodical cicadas manipulate the populations of birds that eat them

Periodical cicadas emerge in North America every 13 or 17 years. Scientists think that the cicadas’ cycles are timed to “engineer” the number of predatory birds. The populations of these birds drop significantly the year that cicadas emerge.

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