More accurate, sensitive DNA test allows early identification of fungus causing WNS
Even after researchers studying White Nose Syndrome (WNS) established that a fungus called Geomyces destructans is at the heart of the devastating disease, detecting it depended largely on finding dead or dying bats.
Strange alien slime discovered living beneath the Nullarbor Plain
(Phys.org) —Deep in water-filled underground caves beneath Australia's Nullarbor Plain, cave divers have discovered unusual 'curtains' of biological material – known as Nullarbor cave slimes.
The discarded infants of ancient Poggio Civitate horrify, provoke and fascinate 2,500 years later
(Phys.org) —More than 2,500 years after tiny infant bones were scattered, perhaps offhandedly, amid animal remains on the floor of an Etruscan workshop, recently-discovered fragments of those bones are ...
Caves point to thawing of Siberia
Evidence from Siberian caves suggests that a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius could see permanently frozen ground thaw over a large area of Siberia, threatening release of carbon from soils, ...
The return of the American robin to back yards across the country is a lovely sign of coming spring. But the little songbird with the orange-red breast and bright blue eggs has some not-so-lovely relatives: ...
Snails signal a humid Mediterranean
An international team of researchers has shown that old wives' tales that snails can tell us about the weather should not be dismissed too hastily.
Cave dwelling nettle discovered in China
South West China, Myanmar and Northern Vietnam contain one of the oldest exposed outcrops of limestone in the world. Within this area are thousands of caves and gorges. It is only recently that botanists ...
Geographic complexity explains patterns of spread of white-nose syndrome in bats, study finds
(Phys.org)—The spread of white-nose syndrome, an emerging fungal disease in bats, may be determined by habitat and climate, scientists at the University of Georgia have found.
Cavemen were better at drawing animals than modern artists
Prehistoric artists were better at portraying the walk of four-legged animals in their art than modern man, according to new research published December 5 in the open access journal PLoS ONE by Gabor Horvat ...
Blind, scaleless cave fish species discovered in Vietnam
Could there be more biological treasures awaiting discovery in Asia's limestone cave systems?
Three new arthropod species have been found in the Maestrazgo Caves in Teruel
A team of scientists from the University of Navarra and the Catalan Association of Biospeleology have discovered three new collembolan species in the Maestrazgo caves in Teruel, Spain. Their description has ...
Philippines puts 158 caves under protection
The Philippine government has put 158 caves under the protection of the environment department to safeguard them from treasure-hunters, vandals and looters, it was announced on Saturday.
Cavenauts return to Earth
The international team of astronauts taking part in ESA's caving adventure have returned to Earth after spending six days underground. The voyage to the surface of our planet took them five hours from basecamp.
Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat
(Phys.org)—As sea ice in the Arctic continues to shrink during this century, more than two thirds of the area with sufficient snow cover for ringed seals to reproduce also will disappear, challenging their ...