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Ecology Jun 22, 2021

Rescued sea turtles: some to be released, some still sick

The Mississippi Aquarium plans to release seven endangered sea turtles this week, but other institutions in New Orleans and Mississippi are still treating turtles rescued in the fall from frigid New England waters

Ecology Jun 22, 2021

Research shows how carrion beetles turn death into life

It was Halloween and the discussion had inevitably turned to death – and flesh-eating zombies. I had just finished lunch at a "research away day" when I got caught up in a conversation about carrion beetles with a new colleague ...

Evolution Jun 22, 2021

Newly discovered species of pseudo-horse lived 37 million years ago

Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country describe two palaeotheriidae mammals that lived in the subtropical landscape of Alava

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2021

How do developing spinal cords choose 'heads' or 'tails'?

The progression from a round ball of cells to an embryo with a head and a tail is one of the most critical steps in an organism's development. But just how cells first start organizing themselves with directionality along ...

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2021

Cellular mechanisms of early mammary gland development unraveled

Despite long-standing interest, the cellular mechanisms driving the initiation of mammary gland development have remained elusive for decades, mostly due to technical limitations in studying dynamic cell behaviors in live ...

Evolution Jun 21, 2021

Females supercharge sperm evolution in animals

Sperm size varies dramatically among different animal species. But why is sperm size so variable when they share the same job—to fertilize eggs? In a new article published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers from ...

Ecology Jun 21, 2021

China's efforts to save its wandering elephants are laudable, but let's not forget its bloody conflicts with the giants

Wild elephants are awe-inspiring—even if they're trying to kill you, as I discovered in 2004.

Evolution Jun 21, 2021

One of the largest ever land mammals evolved into extinct dwarf elephant

An extinct species of dwarf elephant experienced a weight and height reduction of 8,000kg and almost two meters after evolving from one of the largest land mammals that ever lived, a new study has confirmed.

Cell & Microbiology Jun 21, 2021

Pathogenic bacteria rendered almost harmless

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium present in many ecological niches, such as plant roots, stagnant water or even the pipes of our homes. Naturally very versatile, it can cause acute and chronic ...

Ecology Jun 18, 2021

Animals' ability to adapt their habitats key to survival amid climate change

Birds build nests to keep eggs and baby nestlings warm during cool weather, but also make adjustments in nest insulation in such a way the little ones can keep cool in very hot conditions. Mammals, such as rabbits or groundhogs, ...

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