Biology

Avian influenza: How it’s spreading and what to know about this outbreak

When it comes to avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, all birds are not created equal. “The scientific community has become accustomed to …

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animal

Like college roommates, vampire bats bond when randomly paired

Social bonding between randomly assigned college roommates is not only a human phenomenon, a new study on vampire bats suggests. Vampire bat pairs that were …

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antibiotic

Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains not seen in migrating wild birds

Although many wild birds carry Salmonella, the strains of the bacteria they convey usually do not harbor antimicrobial-resistance genes, according to Penn State researchers, who …

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animals

Humans have given wild animals their diseases nearly 100 times, researchers find

An international research team led by scientists at Georgetown University has found that humans might give viruses back to animals more often than previously understood. …

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chimpanzees

Female chimpanzees avoid humans

Female chimpanzees are less likely than males to go near villages and farmland used by humans, new research shows. Scientists observed chimpanzees in their natural …

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animals

How much energy does a dolphin use to swim?

From foraging for prey to evading predators, ship strikes or other dangers, a dolphin’s survival often hinges on being able to crank up the speed …

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birds

Bringing out the best in wild birds on farms

A supportive environment can bring out the best in an individual — even for a bird. After an E.coli outbreak in 2006 devastated the spinach …

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agriculture

Terrain, weather can predict wild pig movements

Managing the United States’ growing wild pig population has become a significant challenge over the past few decades, but new research from the University of …

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animal

This squirrel watches its neighbor’s back

Just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean everything isn’t actually trying to kill you. Ground squirrels have few natural defenses against predators, so they rely …

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black bears

Young female black bears in Asheville, North Carolina, are big, have cubs early

Black bears (Ursus americanus) reproduced at a younger age in urban areas and were nearly twice the size of bears in national forests shortly after …

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