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VIDEO: Baby Whale to Be Euthanized

10 years ago from National Geographic

A starving humpback whale calf—apparently orphaned and trying to suckle yachts near Sydney, Australia, for the past several days—will likely be euthanized, according to scientists.

Dallas Zoo drops plan to ship elephant to Mexico

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Jenny the lonely elephant, whose pending move from the Dallas Zoo to Mexico had angered activists, isn't going anywhere after all.

Decline And Slow Recovery of Atlantic Salmon Illuminated With Tagging

10 years ago from Science Daily

For years scientists have struggled to understand the decline and slow recovery of Atlantic salmon, a once abundant and highly prized game and food fish native to New England rivers....

Switching It Up: How Memory Deals With A Change In Plans

10 years ago from Science Daily

How do our brains switch so elegantly and quickly from one well-entrenched plan to a newer one in reaction to a sudden change in circumstances?

Pesticide Build-up Could Lead To Poor Honey Bee Health

10 years ago from Science Daily

Honey bees industriously bring pollen and nectar to the hive, but along with the bounty comes a wide variety of pesticides, according to Penn State researchers. Add the outside assault...

DEET's Not Sweet To Mosquitoes, Groundbreaking Research Shows

10 years ago from Science Daily

Spray yourself with a DEET-based insect repellent and the mosquitoes will leave you alone. But why? They flee because of their intense dislike for the smell of the chemical repellent...

New Technology Silences Genes: Suppressing Disease-causing Genes Is Now Within Reach

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a new gene silencing technology that could be used to target genes that can lead to the development of certain diseases. This technology could pave the way...

Confused sea turtles march into Italian restaurant

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

ROME (Reuters) - About 60 newly hatched sea turtles lost their way during their ritual passage to the sea and marched into an Italian restaurant instead, a conservation worker said...

Future impact of global warming is worse when grazing animals are considered, scientists suggest

10 years ago from Physorg

The impact of global warming in the Arctic may differ from the predictions of computer models of the region, according to a pair of Penn State biologists. The team...

Trees eat pollution products

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Leaves can absorb organic nitrates and turn them into amino acids.

Students use technical skills to help save Blanding's turtles

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

An effort underway at Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia to save endangered Blanding's turtles from extinction now includes students from the Nova Scotia Community College.

Glow worms glimmer on cue

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- University of Queensland researcher and lecturer Dr David Merritt has discovered Tasmanian cave glow-worms are energy conservationists: they switch their lights off at night-time.

Taking the bite out of shark DNA

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Extracting shark DNA has been somewhat of a challenge in the past, with scientists having to overcome the obvious hurdles associated with carrying out biopsies on live and...

Rain brings bumper mushroom crop to N.B.

10 years ago from CBC: Health

A bumper crop of mushrooms in New Brunswick has some people's mouths watering, but government officials are warning people to be careful before eating the fungi.

Spice-based compound may kill cancer cells

10 years ago from UPI

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've used a spice-based compound as a starting point to develop synthetic molecules able to kill cancer cells.

Using a Poison to Turn Sunlight into Food

10 years ago from Scientific American

Arsenic, a deadly poison, kills by blocking the ability of cells to produce and consume energy. Yet, some red and green slime mats in briny hot springs in Mono Lake,...

Frontal lobe stimulation improves behavior

10 years ago from UPI

ZURICH, Switzerland, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Swiss scientists say they have discovered electrical stimulation of the brain can produce more careful driving behavior without the driver's awareness.

Bacteria may help farmed lobsters

10 years ago from Science Alert

Research has found that beneficial bacteria, naturally found in wild rock lobster populations, can protect farmed lobsters from disease.

Wireworms eating through P.E.I. potatoes

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A handful of potato growers along P.E.I.'s south shore are battling a tiny worm that could wipe out their crops.

Icahn Boosts Biotech Activity

10 years ago from C&EN

Dealmaker moves on several fronts to shake up the drug industry.

Bipolar Disorder And Gene Abnormalities: Sodium, Calcium Imbalances Linked To Manic Depressive Episodes

10 years ago from Science Daily

A large genetic study of bipolar disorder has implicated machinery that balances levels of sodium and calcium in neurons. The disorder was associated with variation in two genes that make...

Analysis Of Lake Washington Microbes Shows The Power Of Metagenomic Approaches

10 years ago from Science Daily

Today's powerful sequencing machines can rapidly read the genomes of entire communities of microbes, but the challenge is to extract meaningful information from the jumbled reams of data. Scientists have...

Lab animal use 'tops 100 million'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A new analysis claims the number of animals used worldwide in laboratory experiments is close to 115 million.

Avian botulism confirmed in Lake Michigan

10 years ago from UPI

LUDINGTON, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Biologists have confirmed the first cases of avian botulism on Lake Michigan this year.

Improved technique determines structure in membrane proteins

10 years ago from Physorg

Understanding the form and function of certain proteins in the human body is becoming faster and easier, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of Illinois.

India offers money to villagers to vacate tiger reserves

10 years ago from Physorg

India on Saturday offered money to villagers to vacate wildlife reserves in a bid to save the country's tigers from extinction, officials said.

Egypt: Septuplets' mother hopes to hold them soon

10 years ago from AP Health

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian mother of septuplets says she's only seen her babies on TV but hopes to hold them and name them soon....

Feature: Scientific monitoring helps Eamon’s record-breaking swims

10 years ago from Science Alert

Natural talent and strength played a big part in Eamon Sullivan’s record-breaking performance at the Beijing Olympics but science also played a significant role by allowing his training to occur...