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  • Study questions presence in blood of heart-healthy molecules from fish oil supplements

    Zoology News -- ScienceDaily
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The importance of a diet rich in fish oils -- now a billion dollar food-supplement industry -- has been debated for over half a century. A new study questions the relevance of fish oil-derived substances and their purported anti-inflammatory effects in humans.
  • Artistic talent spans generations and continents

    Zoology News
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Separated by more than 100 years and more than 14,000 kilometres, Western Australian zoologist and artist Mike Bamford knew next to nothing of his great grandfather's life. But the striking parallels in their lives, and life's work, are now the subject of art exhibitions in the two men's home countries of Australia and England.
  • Effects of three methane mitigation agents on parameters of kinetics of total and hydrogen gas production, ruminal fermentation and hydrogen balance using in vitro technique

    MedWorm: Zoology
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Abstract Methane (CH4) can be mitigated through directly inhibiting methanogen activity and starving methanogens by hydrogen (H2) sink. Three types of mechanism (i.e. bromoethanesulphonate (BES), nitrate and emodin) and doses of CH4 mitigation agents were employed to investigate their pathways of CH4 inhibition. Results indicated that both BES and emodin inhibited CH4 production and altered H2 balance, which could be accompanied by decreased dry matter disappearance (DMD), fractional rate of gH2 formation, volatile fatty acid (VFA) production, ability to produce and use reducing equivalences…
  • Reptile Lighting Revolution | Light Your Reptiles

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    John F Taylor
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Lighting Reptiles Lighting for reptiles has always been an area of not only fascination but it can also be a detriment when it comes to keeping our scaly friends. When you don’t understand the natural habitat (specifically the microhabitats) where the species comes from this can lead to providing too much or too little of […] The article Reptile Lighting Revolution | Light Your Reptiles appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Practicality and Design – A Brief History of ‘Zoo Fashion’

    ZOOmoments - The Zoo Within
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    I am usually amazed by how some visitors dress for visiting a zoo. Have you ever seen the provincial family in their Sunday best? Or have you met the elegant lady staggering as a new-born camel in high-heeled shoes on the dirty pathway? Or the guy sweating in survival equipment in a tropical house in the middle of a city? Experienced visitors, on the other hand, choose the most appropriate clothes for visiting a zoo, of course. But how do zoo workers dress? Do they wear convenient and practical clothes, or should they accept other aspects as well? Zoo employees are an important part of the…
 
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  • Artistic talent spans generations and continents

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Separated by more than 100 years and more than 14,000 kilometres, Western Australian zoologist and artist Mike Bamford knew next to nothing of his great grandfather's life. But the striking parallels in their lives, and life's work, are now the subject of art exhibitions in the two men's home countries of Australia and England.
  • Two new species discovered in Tibet

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:39 am
    Zoologists have identified two new species during a survey on wild land animals in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the regional forestry authorities. The researchers found a new type of Pallas pit viper in Jilung County and a new type of cascade frog in Zayu County.
  • The Last of the Irish Elks?

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    One of the most spectacular members of the Eurasian Pleistocene megafauna was the Irish elk Megaloceros giganteus . Formally described in 1799, it is also aptly known as the giant deer, as its largest known representatives were only marginally under 7 ft tall at the shoulder and bore massive antlers spanning up to 12 ft, but did this magnificent species linger on into historic times? The following investigation presents a fascinating selection of archive material, relevant updates from current research, and information appertaining to some hitherto-obscure beasts of classical mythology to…
  • Globsters Abounding

    14 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Mystery beasts come in all sizes and shapes, but in the case of globsters they are most famous not just for their great size but also for their conspicuous lack of any well-defined shape. Aptly named by American cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson in the early 1960s, globsters are generally huge, amorphous masses of decomposing tissue, usually rubbery and covered in fibrous 'hair', lacking any recognisable body parts or skeleton, which are regularly washed ashore on beaches around the world.
  • Single-celled predator evolves tiny, human-like 'eye'

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    A single-celled marine plankton evolved a miniature version of a multi-cellular eye, possibly to help see its prey better, according to University of British Columbia research published today in Nature . In fact, the 'ocelloid' within the planktonic predator looks so much like a complex eye that it was originally mistaken for the eye of an animal that the plankton had eaten.
 
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  • Reptile Lighting Revolution | Light Your Reptiles

    John F Taylor
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Lighting Reptiles Lighting for reptiles has always been an area of not only fascination but it can also be a detriment when it comes to keeping our scaly friends. When you don’t understand the natural habitat (specifically the microhabitats) where the species comes from this can lead to providing too much or too little of […] The article Reptile Lighting Revolution | Light Your Reptiles appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Introduction to Venomous Snakes | Physiology

    John F Taylor
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Introduction to Venomous snakes and their Physiology Authored by Kimberly Urban, aka “Dr Viper” Venomous snakes! Cobra, viper, mamba…these words strike fear into the hearts of many, but fascination and admiration into others. I’ve been working with venomous snakes, primarily vipers, for the past 5 years and other snake species for 10 years. These amazing […] The article Introduction to Venomous Snakes | Physiology appeared first on…
  • Bio-Active Terraria | Living Reptile Art

    John F Taylor
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Bio-Active Terrariums|Revolutionizing Herps Again Authored by Jeremy Kosonic Herpetoculture Canada *Note from the Editor: Bio-Active seems to be on the forefront of herpetoculture lately. This is a subject which is near and dear to me as I came into herpetoculture at the tail end of the time when the forbearers of herpetoculture were creating ‘Bio-active’ terrariums […] The article Bio-Active Terraria | Living Reptile Art…
  • Whip Scorpion

    John F Taylor
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Invertebrate Interests is authored & photographed by Lillie Nyte of Inverts Unlimited  Whip Scorpion Damon diadema  General Description Subspecies: Damon diadema diadema, Damon diadema robustus Common name(s): Tanzanian giant tailless whip scorpion, Giant tailless whip scorpion, cave spider, whip spider Keeper experience: Beginner to Intermediate Adult size: Over 8 inch leg span Growth rate: Medium […] The article Whip Scorpion appeared…
  • Climate change is causing bearded DRAGONS to change gender in Australia | Daily Mail Online

    John F Taylor
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Climate Causing Parthenogenesis? Really interesting read on what seems to be parthenogenesis as far as I can tell. Climate Sex Change | Bearded Dragons The article Climate change is causing bearded DRAGONS to change gender in Australia | Daily Mail Online appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
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  • Practicality and Design – A Brief History of ‘Zoo Fashion’

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    I am usually amazed by how some visitors dress for visiting a zoo. Have you ever seen the provincial family in their Sunday best? Or have you met the elegant lady staggering as a new-born camel in high-heeled shoes on the dirty pathway? Or the guy sweating in survival equipment in a tropical house in the middle of a city? Experienced visitors, on the other hand, choose the most appropriate clothes for visiting a zoo, of course. But how do zoo workers dress? Do they wear convenient and practical clothes, or should they accept other aspects as well? Zoo employees are an important part of the…
  • Volunteering - Blessing or Curse?

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    This is a really hot summer day, at least on this part of the Earth. Many of the magazines and websites don't publish during this period as people are on vacation, but we will try to present interesting articles this summer. Summer is a very eventful period – just think of the longer days, more events, higher number of tourists, summer holiday in schools and more volunteers than in the other parts of the year. Let's talk a little more about volunteering.When I was young I never thought that one day I would work in a zoo. In those days I wanted to become a paleontologist, just like so many…
  • How Can We Engage Our Animals in the Zoo? I.

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Animals in the wild need to find food, water, need to check their territory or escape from predators, therefore they spend a lot of their time actively. However, animals in zoos get food and water from the keepers, in most cases they share their enclosure with conspecifics, and as there are no predators to threaten them, they spend much less time actively. Therefore, the staff of zoos need to provide items that encourage animals to be active. Environmental enrichment is essential to preserve the mental health and natural behaviour of captive animals. I collected a few ideas on how we can…
  • Five Horrific Zoo Disasters

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    Although zoos are usually regarded as modern Noah’s Arks, they can turn into battered dinghies in disasters – like any other achievement of our civilization. Moreover, the inhabitants of zoos are more vulnerable since the systems designed to prevent escape often reduce their chance of survival. The fates of escaping big animals are not too promising either; they are usually hunted down in order to protect people. There can be disasters of either natural or human origin. Could we avoid these tragedies?  Let us see some of the major disasters of zoo history, and we may find an answer…
 
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