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Black-legged tick genome deciphered

A University of Maryland-led team of scientists has deciphered the first comprehensive, continuous genome for a parasite responsible for transmitting Lyme disease and other serious …

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Avian flu could decimate Australian black swans

The unique genetics of the Australian black swan leaves the species vulnerable to viral illnesses such as avian flu, University of Queensland research has revealed. …

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Environment law fails to protect threatened species in Australia

Federal environmental laws are failing to mitigate against Australia’s extinction crisis, according to University of Queensland research. UQ PhD candidate Natalya Maitz led a collaborative …

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More effective protected areas needed to halt biodiversity loss

Protected natural areas of the UK are struggling to halt declines in insects and spiders that have occurred over the past 30 years, according to …

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Biodiversity safeguards bird communities under a changing climate

A new study shows that North American bird communities containing functionally diverse species have changed less under climate change during the past 50 years than …

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Mummified crocodiles provide insights into mummy-making over time

Crocodiles were mummified in a unique way at the Egyptian site of Qubbat al-Hawā during the 5th Century BC, according to a study published January …

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Climate conundrum: Study finds ants aren’t altering behavior in rising temperatures

Researchers at North Carolina State University found in a recent study that ants did not adjust their behavior in response to warming temperatures and persisted …

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When migrating birds go astray, disturbances in magnetic field may be partly to blame

It seems logical enough that bad weather can sometimes cause birds to become disoriented during their annual fall migrations — causing them to wind up …

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Dolphins ‘shout’ over loud underwater noise to complete a cooperative task

Dolphins are social, intelligent animals who rely on whistles and echolocation to hunt and reproduce. This means that noise generated from human activity such as …

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Urban lizards share genomic markers not found in forest-dwellers

Lizards living in different cities have parallel genomic markers when compared to neighboring forest lizards, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of …

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