Livestock can produce food that is better for the people and the planet
With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. Eight strategies to cut the environmental and economic ...
Bird buffet requires surveillance
The behaviour of semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding during low tide in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, surprised Guy Beauchamp, an ornithologist and research officer at the University of Mon ...
A feline fungus joins the new species list
(Phys.org) —A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.
Dogs could act as effective early warning system for patients with diabetes
(Phys.org) —Dogs that are trained to respond to their owners' hypoglycaemia could offer a very effective way to alert diabetic patients of impending lowered blood sugars. The findings, published in the ...
Researchers discover sperm move along a 'twisting ribbon'
(Phys.org) —Opening the door to more sophisticated investigation of sperm locomotion and biophysics, researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have identified previously ...
A sheep's early life experiences can shape behavior in later life
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.
Scientists put a pox on dog cancer
Researchers report that myxoma – a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied – infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy ...
Saltwater crocodile breeders to benefit from genome sequence
(PhysOrg.com) -- The genome sequence of the saltwater crocodile has been completed by an international collaboration of scientists, including researchers from the University of Sydney.
Key protein responsible for controlling communication between brain cells identified
Scientists are a step closer to understanding how some of the brain's 100 billion nerve cells co-ordinate their communication. The study is published today in the journal Cell Reports.
Mystery of Tasmanian devil tumour deepens - for now
(Phys.org) -- The degree of genetic difference to a tumor is not a factor in Tasmanian devils contracting the facial tumor disease, according to research led by the University of Sydney.
Condor lead poisoning persists, impeding recovery
The California condor is chronically endangered by lead exposure from ammunition and requires ongoing human intervention for population stability and growth, according to a new study led by the University of California, Santa ...
Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils
(Phys.org)—Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease, researchers at the University of Sydney and ...
Researcher may have contracted virus carried by monkeys
It's the stuff of doomsday movies: A new virus jumps from animals to people, with ominous possibilities. At the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis, last year, a newly identified ...
Cats found to eat more in the winter
Cats eat more during the winter and owners should give their pet more food during this time, University of Liverpool research has found.