News Stories relating to "animals"
Thursday, March 20, 2014
In recent years, researchers have been exploring methods of interacting with animals in an attempt to understand how they really feel about their lives.
Dr. Ian Duncan, emeritus chair in animal welfare at the University of Guelph, Canada, claims to have developed a system that allows him to ask questions of and receive answers from...
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Following the discovery of a 'Lost world' full of unknown species in an unexplored Australian rainforest last week, a team of researchers working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and numerous other groups have found a species of humpback dolphin previously unknown to science swimming in the...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases, in order to alleviate their pain
can till listen to this story, as...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nature is the original "inventor"--Nature's designs are giving researchers ideas for new technologies that could help wounds heal, make injections less painful and provide new materials for a variety of purposes.
Velcro was inspired by the grappling hooks of burrs. Supersonic jets have structures that work like the nostrils...
Friday, January 18, 2013
Animals can be as depraved
as humans--they can even watch porn
. When Gina, a female chimpanzee at the Seville Zoo in Spain, was given a TV set, she began to watch pornography almost constantly.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Biologists now think that that tiny creatures--from worms to insects
--are much more important to the health of our planet than they seem to be. In fact, the fate of all life (including us!) may depend on them.
In the November 10th edition of the Observer, John Vidal quotes...
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
There are WILD animals lurking in hidden places in manicured suburbs. This year, Princeton, New Jersey hired sharpshooters to cull 250 deer from the town's herd of 550 at a cost of almost $60,000.
Columbia, South Carolina is spending $1 million to get rid of beavers and their dams in their drainage systems. After a small dog had to...
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere's mammals are unlikely to outrun climate change
A safe haven could be out of reach for 9% of the Western Hemisphere's mammals, and as much as 40% in certain regions, because the animals just won't move...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
They're not doing it by talking to their students about climate change
in their classrooms, they're doing it at the END of the school year, by releasing the exotic pets they're kept in their science labs all year. Since most of these creatures are not native to the area where they're "...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The flu can jump from animals to humans
. A new strain of flu has emerged four times in the past 100 years. The one that emerged in 1918 killed 50 million people, which is why scientists watch these new flu strains so carefully.
Last fall, over 150 harbor...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A group of researchers are taking blood and nose and throat swabs from bighorn sheep--not to see if they have the flu, but to find out if they have a disease which could be transmitted to HUMANS.
Monday, February 6, 2012
While in some cases, climate change is causing animals to locate to new places
, it's mostly regular migration: Every fall, tiny hummingbirds face high winds and bad weather to migrate from Canada and the northern United States to as far south as Mexico, then back again in the spring--an...
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Humans are tough on animals
, but sometimes they fight back
. Nature isn't always benign: Some critters can be dangerous. You know you should avoid poisonous snakes, but did you know...
Monday, June 27, 2011
Our animals are becoming so beleaguered
that they are learning techniques of self defense
. For instance, fish are learning how to locate (and thus avoid) Dead zones. These have...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Long-term declines of elephants, giraffes and other animals in Kenya are occurring at the same rates inside the country's national parks as outside of these protected areas.
Biologist David Western says, "This is the first time we've taken a good look at a national park system in one country, relative to all of the wildlife populations...
Monday, June 15, 2009
Biologists who study animal behavior are becoming convinced that all mammals have a moral code of conduct, not just primates (like us) and more advanced species. Anne Strieber can attest to this! And why have some animals traditionally become tamed, while others haven't. It turns out our pets have a "tameness" gene.
US ecologist Marc...
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
SARS and bird flu aren't the only diseases that humans can catch from animals. Between 2,000 and 2,005, around 50 million people caught diseases from animals such as dogs, cattle, chickens and mosquitoes, and almost 80,000 of them died. Sometimes animals pass diseases between species. And it works both ways: some HUMAN diseases are killing...
Friday, September 29, 2006
When your dog gets sick, you take him to the vet, where he's given some medicine. But the drugs your dog is taking could be sensed by other dogs, and since dogs are pack animals that rely on their noses, this could turn him into a social outcast. In order to prevent this, we need to understand how animals think.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Long ago, our ancestors may have become human to get away from snakes. They may have left the water in order get away from poisonous fish! There are actually more poisonous fish than poisonous snakes. Biologists have now identified 1,200 species of venomous fish (there are also over 1,500 types of poisonous lizards).
Robert Roy Britt...
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The soldier of the future will be a robot?or a man-machine, anyway. Maybe the rest of us will be too. The military is looking for ways to send signals directly to a soldier's brain, without having to go through another human being. They've discovered a unexpected direct route to the brain: the human tongue.
Researchers at the Florida...
Monday, March 6, 2006
We recently put up a series of stories on the science behind the remake of the film King Kong. It turns out that there is a limit to how large?and thus how dangerous?mammals can become.
Seth Shostak writes in space.com that huge, unknown creatures are still being discovered here on Earth. As recently as 2004, Japanese researchers...
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Legends said that African elephants could mysteriously communicate with each other across huge stretches of land. Now it's been discovered that this is true?they do it by stamping their gigantic feet on the ground, setting off vibrations. There's long been another legend that elephants return to the sites where their ancestors were killed,...
Thursday, August 18, 2005
If a Cornell University researcher has his way, cheetahs, lions, elephants, camels and other large wild animals may soon roam parts of North America. But wait, you may say, cheetahs, lions and elephants aren't native to the US! But their ancient ANCESTORS were, so there's no reason these animals can't live here again.
"If we only have 10...
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Newswise - A recent shark attack left a young fisherman,who was standing in the ocean fishing with live bait, withone leg missing. Despite this, biologists insist that sharksare not nearly as dangerous as they seem and that thethriller Jaws gave them a bad reptuation that doesn't fitthe facts. Shark expert George Burgess says...
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Have you ever wondered why butterflies are calledBUTTERflies? They should be called "flutter-bys" instead,because of their seemingly random flight patterns. In LewisCarroll's "Alice in Wonderland," illustrator John Tennieldrew illustrations of sticks of butter with wings on them.Now ornithologists have discovered that butterflies do notflutter...
Monday, September 20, 2004
The European Space Agency wants to build a Noah's Ark on theMoon, in case the Earth is destroyed by an asteroid ornuclear holocaust. It could also save species destroyed byglobal warming.
In bbcnews.com, Pallab Ghosh quotes the ESA?s Dr. BernardFoing as saying, "If there were a catastrophic collision onEarth or a nuclear war you could...
Thursday, September 9, 2004
We've written recently about animals that are missing orturning up in the wrong places due to global warming and thepole shift. A recent "bug splat" test in the U.K. found manyfewer insects that expected. And all over the world,scientists are finding hyperactive fish, stupid frogs,fearless mice and seagulls that fall over?all due topollution....
Thursday, September 9, 2004
Pandas are becoming endangered even in zoos, because it'shard to get them interested in sex. A Chinese zoo showedfemale panda Hua Meipanda porn inorder to get her interested in mating--and it worked. Shejust gave birth to twins.
Li Wei, of the Wolong Panda Conservation Center, says, "Weare all very excited. The cubs are in good...