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Monday, 22 April 2013 16:12

Know your pests with new app

iPhone users can now access the latest information about Australia’s worst pests via the new ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia’ app.

Published in Mobility
Thursday, 29 October 2009 19:51

Pingers reduce whales caught in nets off Australia

Fumanda Marine is teaming up with Australian government organizations to do something about the accidental catching of migrating whales in nets made for sharks. The company’s “pingers” can also be extended to other marine animals needlessly killed in fishing nets and control devices.

Published in Biology
Sunday, 09 August 2009 18:46

Is your dog smarter than a two-year-old child?

According to a Canadian researcher, dogs are about as intelligent as a 2 to 2.5 year-old human child. However, not all dogs are equal in their IQs. Can you guess the smartest and dumbest dogs around? Yes, Professor Spot hangs around outside the library!

Published in Biology
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a skin-tumor cancer drug, Palladia, especially for dogs. Its use will greatly improve the health and well-being of our four-legged friends. Currently treated with human-related cancer drugs, this drug will more effectively treat skin tumor cancer within dogs.

Published in Health
According to a Dutch study, if all humans went on a low-meat diet, then the actions to counter global climate change would be easier and less expensive to accomplish over the next forty years. Are you willing to give up your Big Mac for a Big Veggie?

Published in Climate
Friday, 30 January 2009 22:22

Dogs' health at risk from human germs

A Kansas State University study has learned that humans are much more likely to spread germs to dogs (primarily through poor hand-washing hygiene) than are dogs likely to share germs while licking their owners' faces and other dog bonding behaviors.

Published in Health
According to the new book about Charles Darwin ("Darwin's Sacred Cause"), the main reason why he developed the controversial theory that all animals including humans evolved from a common ancestor was because of his hatred with the slavery of one group of humans by another group of humans.

Published in Biology
Friday, 09 January 2009 23:21

Rare venom-biting mammal caught on video

The Hispaniolan Solenodon, also called the Agonta, is an oversized shrew-like creature that has only rarely been seen in the past. Now, the BBC reports that a unique video of the strange venomous mammal has been taken in the Dominican Republic.

Published in Biology
Thursday, 08 January 2009 20:24

Dogs don't like unfair rewards for doing tricks

An Austrian study has concluded that dogs do not like it when they perform tricks for humans and they are not rewarded fairly. Do you think they will form unions and hire lawyers to reverse this canine unfairness?

Published in Biology
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) produces an annual Red List of species threatened with extinction. Experts estimate that between 21 and 36% of mammal species are threatened with extinction around the world.

Published in Biology
Friday, 19 September 2008 19:43

Direct evidence found of first stowaway house mouse

British archeologist Thomas Cucchi has discovered what is believed to be the earliest known rodent to stow away on a ship. The 3,500-year-old mouse jaw helps to directly prove for the first time how rodents spread around the world.

Published in Biology
A new species of ant, so different from other living ants that it has been nicknamed the “Ant from Mars,” has been discovered in the Brazilian rainforest.

Published in Biology
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 21:26

Cows and deer head north, literally

German and Czech researchers studied satellites images of thousands of cows and deer around the world and found most of them graze and rest in a north-south position. Could they be sensing the magnetic field of the Earth? Or, maybe they just happened to stand and sit that way? In any case, it’s a pretty mooooving study!

Published in Biology
Did you know? … That on August 20, 1960, the U.S.S.R. returned—for the first time—two live dogs from space and that, on August 20, 1977, the U.S. launched the NASA Voyager 2 spacecraft, which is  still providing important data over thirty years later while racing toward the edge of the solar system.

Published in UNI-verse
British biogeochemist Richard Evershed of the University of Bristol has discovered ceramic pottery fragments from Turkey that contain milk. These fragments date as far back as the middle part of the seventh millennia B.C.—a full one thousand years earlier than what scientists previously thought prehistoric humans first consumed milk.

Published in Biology
According to a long-duration U.S./U.K. study of an English grassland, the least productive grasslands in the world are likely to be the most resistant to major changes to the climate while, at the time, provide a much needed “sanctuary” to native plants and animals.

Published in Climate
The pentailed tree shrew has been found by an international team of researchers to drink copious amounts of fermented floral nectar, yet appears to remain sober. The same relative amount of beer drunk by a human would make one feel really drunk.

Published in Biology
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 23:38

Drivers with road rage like bumper stickers

Colorado State University scientists have shown a direct relationship between the number of personalized items on and inside a car (like bumper stickers) and the amount of road rage by such dangerous drivers.
Published in Biology

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