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  • New feather findings get scientists in a flap

    Zoology News -- ScienceDaily
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Scientists have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fiber, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight. Since their appearance over 150 million years ago, feather shafts (rachises) have evolved to be some of the lightest, strongest and most fatigue resistant natural structures.
  • `Shanklin croc' and the dawn of the tethysuchian radiation

    Zoology News
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Darren Naish is a science writer, technical editor and palaeozoologist . He mostly works on Cretaceous dinosaurs and pterosaurs but has an avid interest in all things tetrapod.
  • Foraging Benefits in a Colour Polymorphic Neotropical Orb Web Spider

    MedWorm: Zoology
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Abstract Conspicuous body colouration in sedentary predators such as orb web spiders seems paradoxical as potential prey can see and avoid the webs. Several studies have demonstrated that rather than deterring prey, the colours act as sensory traps for flower‐seeking insects. In chromatically polymorphic species, the existence of more than one colour morph may lead to differing levels of prey attraction. To explore these issues, we studied a neotropical orb web spider, Verrucosa arenata, which shows colour polymorphism with predominantly white or yellow abdomen colours. We asked whether a…
  • Stunning Bamboo Interiors: 10 Incredibly Intricate Sustainable Spaces

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    Steph
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Few sustainable materials lend themselves to artistic architecture quite like bamboo, a highly renewable grass that is also strong and affordable. When it comes to interior spaces, architects experimenting with this natural building material can really go wild, putting the poles to use in the most surprising ways. Check out these 10 incredibly intricate bamboo […] The post Stunning Bamboo Interiors: 10 Incredibly Intricate Sustainable Spaces appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Your Vet is Always Wrong

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    John F Taylor
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Why Your Vet is Always Wrong We see it across social media almost weekly if not more often. Someone in our network of ‘friends’ talking about a sick reptile they took to their veterinarian and how the veterinarian summarily killed their beloved pet; of course for the extra flair the veterinarian was unskilled. I’ve got numerous colleagues who are veterinarians working with exotic species and domestic. It’s clear there’s a consensus…
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    Zoology News -- ScienceDaily

  • New feather findings get scientists in a flap

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Scientists have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fiber, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight. Since their appearance over 150 million years ago, feather shafts (rachises) have evolved to be some of the lightest, strongest and most fatigue resistant natural structures.
  • Animal therapy reduces anxiety, loneliness symptoms in college students

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers who provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a group setting at a small arts college. They found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms following animal-assisted therapy, in which a registered therapy dog was under the supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner.
  • Beyond LOL cats, social networks could become trove of biodiversity data

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Social networks can be a viable source for photo-vouchered biodiversity records, especially those that clarify which species exist in what places within developing nations, one expert suggests.
  • BOFFFFs (big, old, fat, fertile, female fish) sustain fisheries

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish -- known as BOFFFFs to scientists -- are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable.
  • Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Physicists have come up with a mathematical explanation for moths' remarkable ability to find mates in the dark hundreds of meters away. The researchers said the results could also be applied widely in agriculture or robotics. By controlling the behaviors of insects exposed to pheromones, they said, researchers could limit the ability of invasive or disease-carrying pests to mate.
 
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  • `Shanklin croc' and the dawn of the tethysuchian radiation

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Darren Naish is a science writer, technical editor and palaeozoologist . He mostly works on Cretaceous dinosaurs and pterosaurs but has an avid interest in all things tetrapod.
  • Trinity Zoologists Champion a Clever Conservation Solution: 'Vulture Restaurants'

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin are proposing an ingenious idea to help conserve populations of African white-backed vultures. The iconic birds, which play a critical role in sustaining healthy ecosystems, may need to dine for free in human-staffed 'vulture restaurants' if they are to survive spells of food scarcity in Swaziland and neighbouring countries.
  • Shoal of baby lionfish arrives at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium ...

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Staff at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium had a fully grown lionfish donated to them by a family in North Shields two weeks ago Staff at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium had an unexpected problem when a family in North Shields donated a fully grown lionfish two weeks ago. Zoologists at the seaside attraction bought six more of the poisonous fish to help keep the blues at bay and prevent the older lionfish getting lonely.
  • Spy on penguin families for science

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    Online volunteers are being asked to classify images of penguin families to help scientists monitor the health of penguin colonies in Antarctica. Recent evidence suggests that populations of many species of penguin, such as chinstrap and Adelie, are declining fast as shrinking sea ice threatens the krill they feed on.
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    MedWorm: Zoology

  • Foraging Benefits in a Colour Polymorphic Neotropical Orb Web Spider

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Abstract Conspicuous body colouration in sedentary predators such as orb web spiders seems paradoxical as potential prey can see and avoid the webs. Several studies have demonstrated that rather than deterring prey, the colours act as sensory traps for flower‐seeking insects. In chromatically polymorphic species, the existence of more than one colour morph may lead to differing levels of prey attraction. To explore these issues, we studied a neotropical orb web spider, Verrucosa arenata, which shows colour polymorphism with predominantly white or yellow abdomen colours. We asked whether a…
  • Venomous spider found in Waitrose shopping 'beautiful but aggressive'

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    While most spiders scurry away when confronted, the Brazilian wandering spider stands its ground, says David Clarke of London ZooKiller spider found in familys supermarket shoppingHow dangerous are Britains household spiders Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
  • University of Tennessee study finds fish just wanna have fun

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) Gordon Burghardt and his colleagues Vladimir Dinets, a psychology research assistant professor, and James Murphy of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, are the first to document play with objects in a cichlid fish species (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
  • Bees at War: Interspecific Battles and Nest Usurpation in Stingless Bees

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    John Paul Cunningham, James P. Hereward, Tim A. Heard, Paul J. De Barro and Stuart A. West, The American Naturalist, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 000, Ahead of Print. (Source: The American Naturalist)
  • Ecogeographic Isolation and Speciation in the Genus Mimulus.

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    James M. Sobel The American Naturalist, Volume 184, Issue 5, Page 565-579, November 2014. (Source: The American Naturalist)
 
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  • Stunning Bamboo Interiors: 10 Incredibly Intricate Sustainable Spaces

    Steph
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Few sustainable materials lend themselves to artistic architecture quite like bamboo, a highly renewable grass that is also strong and affordable. When it comes to interior spaces, architects experimenting with this natural building material can really go wild, putting the poles to use in the most surprising ways. Check out these 10 incredibly intricate bamboo […] The post Stunning Bamboo Interiors: 10 Incredibly Intricate Sustainable Spaces appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Southern Exposure: 7 Amazing Images Of The Aurora Australis

    Steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Aurora Australis or “Southern Lights” may be less known but they're just as beautiful as their counterpart, the northern hemisphere's Aurora Borealis. The post Southern Exposure: 7 Amazing Images Of The Aurora Australis appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Uses The Walking Dead for Energy

    Steph
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Now here’s a truly alternative source of energy: the mindless movements of the walking dead, purposefully lured into a kinetic energy generator for use as fuel. Inhabitat uncovered this entry into the 2012 Zombie Safe House competition, entitled ‘Zombie Ranch,’ a vertical farm with a massive gear at the bottom that would be turned by […] The post Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Uses The Walking Dead for Energy appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Cool Bike Trailer is a Camping Cocoon for Adventurous Cyclists

    Steph
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Towing this cool futuristic-looking trailer behind your bike is sort of like transporting your very own snail shell wherever you go. Seemingly bio-inspired, the Bike Trailer by designer Alejandro Castelao is a durable, lightweight shelter that’s easy to lug around, whether for overnight stays or longer-term camping.  The trailer folds down nearly flat for transport, […] The post Cool Bike Trailer is a Camping Cocoon for Adventurous Cyclists appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • China’s Corn Farmers Impound The Pavement

    Steve
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chinese farmers whose land was snatched by highway developers are making the best of the situation... by blocking lanes and drying corn on the hot asphalt. The post China’s Corn Farmers Impound The Pavement appeared first on WebEcoist.
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  • Your Vet is Always Wrong

    John F Taylor
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Why Your Vet is Always Wrong We see it across social media almost weekly if not more often. Someone in our network of ‘friends’ talking about a sick reptile they took to their veterinarian and how the veterinarian summarily killed their beloved pet; of course for the extra flair the veterinarian was unskilled. I’ve got numerous colleagues who are veterinarians working with exotic species and domestic. It’s clear there’s a consensus…
  • Tarantulas and the Dancing Plague

    John F Taylor
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Tarantulas have been kept as pets for numerous years. I’m not sure anyone can definitively say when this began. I imagine it’d be somewhat similar to how human primates began keeping reptiles as pets. A scientist, studying one aspect or another of the Theraphosidae family began looking at their charges as more than just a subject of study. Being knowledgable of their preferred environment they began keeping them as pets. Maybe somewhere in…
  • Marcellus Shale Activity | Snake Handlers Needed

    John F Taylor
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." According to PennLive If nothing else, Marcellus Shale activity fueling need for snake handlers | PennLive.com. Protecting snakes and people at the same time would be a dream job wouldn’t it? The article Marcellus Shale Activity | Snake Handlers Needed appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
 
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