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  • The science behind swimming: From whales to larvae, common principles at work in swimming

    Zoology News -- ScienceDaily
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Using simple hydrodynamics, a team of researchers was able to show that a handful of principles govern how virtually every animal -- from the tiniest fish to birds to gigantic whales propel themselves though the water.
  • Zoologist plans film on falcons

    Zoology News
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    DOHA: An Indian zoologist doing research on falcons for the past 16 years is now making a documentary on the raptor. The documentary will be in English, Arabic and Malayalam, the mother tongue of the film-maker, who hails from the southern Indian state of Kerala and teaches at Calicut University.
  • Mechanisms of quorum sensing and strategies for quorum sensing disruption in aquaculture pathogens

    MedWorm: Zoology
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Abstract In many countries, infectious diseases are a considerable threat to aquaculture. The pathogenicity of micro‐organisms that infect aquaculture systems is closely related to the release of virulence factors and the formation of biofilms, both of which are regulated by quorum sensing (QS). Thus, QS disruption is a potential strategy for preventing disease in aquaculture systems. QS inhibitors (QSIs) not only inhibit the expression of virulence‐associated genes but also attenuate the virulence of aquaculture pathogens. In this review, we discuss QS systems in important aquaculture…
  • Junk House: 11 Bold Buildings Made of Reclaimed Materials

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    Steph
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Everything (including the kitchen sink!) from Pepsi cans to sewer pipes has been reclaimed to form the basis of buildings, including pavilions, pods and full-sized homes. These 11 unusual structures made of reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials continue to prove that so-called trash can still have all sorts of uses when its initial purpose is […] The post Junk House: 11 Bold Buildings Made of Reclaimed Materials appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Metabolic Bone Diseases in Reptiles and Amphibians | Calcium Balance

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    John F Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by: Christina Miller CAHT/RVT, RLAT, BSc MBD in Herpetoculture Captive reptiles and amphibians are subject to a somewhat unique situation. Unlike our mammalian companions, they’re highly dependent on their captive environment for their most basic physiology to function, making good husbandry the key to maintaining healthy companions. One of the most common health problems we see in captive herps relates to calcium metabolism: The…
 
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  • Zoologist plans film on falcons

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    DOHA: An Indian zoologist doing research on falcons for the past 16 years is now making a documentary on the raptor. The documentary will be in English, Arabic and Malayalam, the mother tongue of the film-maker, who hails from the southern Indian state of Kerala and teaches at Calicut University.
  • 6 crocodiles hatch in Arizona

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    A 7 week-old 'Philippine crocodile' is weighed at 79g during the annual weight-in ZSL London Zoo on August 21, 2014 in London, England. The height and mass of every animal in the zoo, of which there are over 16,000, is recorded and submitted to the Zoological Information Management System.
  • Eagle-Eyed Birds Of Prey Help Scrounging...

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how endangered vultures find their food, which will have important applications for their conservation. It turns out the iconic birds, which look like they belong in a former world dominated by dinosaurs, use social cues from birds of prey to locate food before swooping down in large groups to steal the freshest of 'ready meals'.
  • Eagle-eyed birds of prey help scrounging vultures find their dinner

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Endangered vultures in Kenya wait for eagles to find and 'prepare' food before swooping in to bully them away and devour the feast Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how endangered vultures find their food, which will have important applications for their conservation. It turns out the iconic birds, which look like they belong in a former world dominated by dinosaurs, use social cues from birds of prey to locate food before swooping down in large groups to steal the freshest of 'ready meals'.
  • Dung-Heaps, Devil-Pigs, and Monckton's Gazeka

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    With an area of more than 340,000 square miles, New Guinea is second only to Greenland as the largest island in the world . Throughout its length and breadth, however, are dense and often little-explored rainforests where various surprising new species of animal have been revealed in recent years - and also where several more may still await discovery, judging from reports on file of certain bizarre beasts that cannot be satisfactorily reconciled by science with any species known to exist here.
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    MedWorm: Zoology

  • Mechanisms of quorum sensing and strategies for quorum sensing disruption in aquaculture pathogens

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Abstract In many countries, infectious diseases are a considerable threat to aquaculture. The pathogenicity of micro‐organisms that infect aquaculture systems is closely related to the release of virulence factors and the formation of biofilms, both of which are regulated by quorum sensing (QS). Thus, QS disruption is a potential strategy for preventing disease in aquaculture systems. QS inhibitors (QSIs) not only inhibit the expression of virulence‐associated genes but also attenuate the virulence of aquaculture pathogens. In this review, we discuss QS systems in important aquaculture…
  • Walleye Sander vitreus (Mitchill) are relatively resistant to experimental infection with VHSV IVb and extant walleye strains vary in susceptibility

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Abstract Compared to fathead minnow, walleye demonstrate low susceptibility to experimental infection with VHSV IVb, regardless of route of exposure or water temperature at time of infection. In triplicate and duplicate groups, walleye were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected (102–108 pfu/fish) or waterborne‐exposed (w; 1.4 × 107 pfu mL−1) with VHSV IVb. High cumulative mortality (64–100%) and severe gross lesions associated with VHSV IVb infection were evident only in fish i.p. injected with 108 pfu at 12 °C. These fish had multifocal necrosis of several tissues including the…
  • New to nature No 134: Campsicnemus popeye

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The long-legged fly from Tahiti discovered by an entomologist with a passion for humorous names Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
  • The week in wildlife in pictures

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Rhino, cougars and painted storks are among the pick of this weeks images from the natural world Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
  • Giant predatory dinosaur Spinosaurus was scourge of prehistoric rivers

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Fossil remains found in Morocco add to evidence that huge meat-eating Spinosaurus spent most of its time in water Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
 
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  • Junk House: 11 Bold Buildings Made of Reclaimed Materials

    Steph
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Everything (including the kitchen sink!) from Pepsi cans to sewer pipes has been reclaimed to form the basis of buildings, including pavilions, pods and full-sized homes. These 11 unusual structures made of reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials continue to prove that so-called trash can still have all sorts of uses when its initial purpose is […] The post Junk House: 11 Bold Buildings Made of Reclaimed Materials appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Cute Overload: Newborn Pygmy Hippo Weighs Just 13 Pounds

    Steph
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Have you ever heard of a hippopotamus that’s smaller than many cats? Olivia, one of the newest residents at Sweden’s Parken Zoo, was born weighing just 13 pounds, pretty much the opposite of what the word ‘hippo’ brings to mind. She’s a pygmy hippo, a species native to the forests and swamps of West Africa […] The post Cute Overload: Newborn Pygmy Hippo Weighs Just 13 Pounds appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Smart Modular Shipping Container Homes Feel Bright & Spacious

    Steph
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    From simple single-container models to stylish four-bedroom residences, the portable shipping container homes by Nova Deko Modular Home Solutions sometimes show off the crates as a main architectural element and sometimes disguise them. But either way, these homes are affordable, fast to manufacture, and sometimes arranged in interesting configurations to maximize space. The tiniest 1-bedroom […] The post Smart Modular Shipping Container Homes Feel Bright & Spacious appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Butt Out: A Dozen International No Smoking Signs

    Steve
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    “No Smoking” by any other name still smells the same, and these dozen international No Smoking signs want you to know smoking stinks here, there and everywhere. The post Butt Out: A Dozen International No Smoking Signs appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Baycycle: Awesome Aquatic Bike Traverses Bodies of Water

    Steph
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Any Bay Area resident facing a long commute from Oakland to San Francisco, for example, might wish for one of these: an aquatic bike that lets you take in the scenery of the water while getting some exercise. The X1 by Schiller features two inflatable pontoons that keep it afloat on the water and give […] The post Baycycle: Awesome Aquatic Bike Traverses Bodies of Water appeared first on WebEcoist.
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  • Metabolic Bone Diseases in Reptiles and Amphibians | Calcium Balance

    John F Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by: Christina Miller CAHT/RVT, RLAT, BSc MBD in Herpetoculture Captive reptiles and amphibians are subject to a somewhat unique situation. Unlike our mammalian companions, they’re highly dependent on their captive environment for their most basic physiology to function, making good husbandry the key to maintaining healthy companions. One of the most common health problems we see in captive herps relates to calcium metabolism: The…
  • Ball Python Nidovirus: a Candidate Etiologic Agent for Severe Respiratory Disease in Python regius

    John F Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." A new virus may explain the increase of respiratory infections seen in captive Royal/Ball Pythons (Python regius) Ball Python Nidovirus: a Candidate Etiologic Agent for Severe Respiratory Disease in Python regius. The article Ball Python Nidovirus: a Candidate Etiologic Agent for Severe Respiratory Disease in Python regius appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Brumation | Preparing Colubrids for Winter

    James Tintle
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Conant’s Milksnake from west-central Mexico is from an area where temperatures rarely drop below 65. Summertime BBQ’s are over, kids are back in school, and reptiles are being prepared for their overwintering process in many collections throughout herpetoculture. Some serpents breed during this time, while others wait for the spring warm up. Colubrids typically breed in early spring; there are a few steps to make sure your snake is able…
 
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