it appears that bats also maintain social distancing which might help prevent the spread of contagious diseases in their colonies
Dark 'eyeliner' feathers of peregrine falcons act as sun shields to improve the birds' hunting ability, a new scientific study suggests. Scientists have long speculated that falcons' eye markings improve their ability to target fast-moving prey, like pigeons and doves, in bright sunlight. Now research suggests these markings have evolved according to the climate; the sunnier the bird's habitat, the larger and darker are the tell-tale dark 'sun-shade' feathers.
New research from the Australian Institute of Marine Science shows table corals can regenerate coral reef habitats on the Great Barrier Reef decades faster than any other coral type. The research suggests overall reef recovery would slow considerably if table corals declined or disappeared on the Great Barrier Reef.
Many organisms in need of conservation are still unknown or lumped in with similar species, which potentially interferes with conservation efforts. In a new study published June 1 in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, Jane Melville of Museums Victoria, and her colleagues present a new "return-on-investment" approach to best direct efforts to identify new species before they are lost.
Biologists led by the University of Iowa discovered an invasive species of snails in previously unknown locations along the Eastern Seaboard using a new technique that detects traces of DNA left by the aquatic animals. The finding shows the technique, called eDNA, can detect and control incursions by other invasive species.
University of Queensland scientists working to unlock the mysteries Australia's deadly stonefish have made a discovery which could change how sting victims are treated in the future.
Using a Fitbit and a spy mic, scientists have discovered new insight into the behavior of the elusive Canada lynx. A new study by researchers from McGill University, University of Alberta, and Trent University provides a first look at how miniaturized technology can open the door to remote wildlife monitoring.
Professor Hyung Joon Cha's team presents the interaction mechanism of components that make up the surface adhesive proteins. The research team reveals new synergy of adhesive molecules, clarifying the design principle of mussels' surface adhesive proteins.
Scientists have shown that the population of the Yakushima sika deer has declined due to natural factors, suggesting that the population can be regulated without culling.
Detailed and extensive genome sequencing of a subspecies of rat-infecting malaria parasites should instruct human malaria research.