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Robert Zhao Renhui’s “A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World”

Surprising and oftentimes heartbreaking, a catalog of species permanently altered by human existence Singaporean photographer Robert Zhao Renhui‘s A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World (published by The Institute of Critical Zoologists) documents the species of plants and animals that have been most impacted by human existence. Renhui studies our own species through our relationships with others. Sometimes we’re the protagonist and a …
Tags: Culture, A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Animals, Books, Climate Change, Earth, Environment, Environmental Awareness, Photobooks, Photography, Plants, Science, Steidl, Zoology

Battle to save frogs from global killer disease

Amphibians are under attack from multiple pathogens, say expertsFrogs, salamanders, and toads across the world are now under attack from a widening range of interacting pathogens that threaten to devastate global amphibian populations.That is the stark warning of leading zoological experts who will gather this week in London in a bid to establish an emergency plan to save these endangered creatures. “The world’s amphibians are facing a new crisis, one that is caused by attacks by multiple pathog...
Tags: Science, London, Biology, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Fungi, Endangered Species, Amphibians, Zoological Society of London, Trent Garner

Recreating the Face of a Neolithic Dog

Built upon one of 24 dog skulls excavated in 1901 from Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, this facial recreation reveals the appearance of domesticated canines roughly 4,500 years ago. The recreation—commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland and National Museum of Scotland—aimed to draw further attention to the close relationship between Neolithic humans and dogs. It was achieved by way of a 3D-printed model …
Tags: Science, Design, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, Tech, History, Archeology, Linkaboutit, Orkney Islands, National Museum of Scotland, Neolithic Age, Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn

The Scientist Fighting the Dumbest Kind of Bad Science Reporting on Twitter

Late last week, a Twitter account highlighting one of the cardinal sins of bad science journalism popped up online, catching the eye of scientists, reporters, and the public: @justsaysinmice.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Media, Animals, Mice, In Mice

19th-century medicine: Milk was used as a blood substitute for transfusions

Prior to the discovery of blood types in 1901, giving people blood transfusions was a risky procedure.In order to get around the need to transfuse others with blood, some doctors resorted to using a blood substitute: Milk.It went pretty much how you would expect it to. None For the bulk of human history, medical science has been a grim affair. Modern innovations in the scientific process and medical techniques mean that we can determine with a good deal of accuracy what's going to work and what ...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Animals, Toronto, Medical Research, Innovation, Vatican, Disease, North America, Don, Howe, Human body, Karl Landsteiner, Denys, Baptiste Denys, Baron Gustaf Bonde

GPS data shows how wolf packs carve out territory

The Voyageurs Wolf Project has been tracking wolf packs in Northern Minnesota since 2015.The team uses GPS collars to track the movements of different packs, which hardly ever cross into one another's territories.Recently, the Voyageurs Wolf Project also captured what's likely to be the first-ever video of a wolf freshwater fishing. None A team of researchers at Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota has spent years tracking the movements of a handful of wolf packs, collecting valuable da...
Tags: Science, Animals, Innovation, Map, Wolf, Facebook It, University of Minnesota, Northern Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park, Voyageurs Wolf Project, Facebook Wolves, Facebook Interestingly, Tom Gable

This is the reconstructed face of a pet dog that lived 4,500 years ago

Archaeologists uncovered the skeleton of this neolithic dog more than a century ago in a 5,000 year old tomb on on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. Now, forensic scientists and artists have reconstructed the animal's face. According to Historic Environment Scotland researcher Steve Farrar, this dog and 23 others found in the "Cuween Hill (tomb) suggest that dogs had a particularly special significance for the farmers... Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem, perhaps they thought of the...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, History, Archaeology, Forensics, University of Dundee, Hes, Steve Farrar, Cuween Hill, Mainland Orkney Scotland, Amy Thornton

Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Those adorably tame goats and other animals you love to touch at your local petting zoo might not be so harmless after all, according to some early research out this weekend. It suggests that many petting zoo animals could harbor and potentially spread dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including two strains of …Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Antibiotic Resistance, Superbugs

Neolithic dog reveals tales behind Orkney's monuments

World’s first canine forensic reconstruction sheds light on lives of ancient communitiesThe head of a dog that lived on Orkney 4,500 years ago has been recreated in what experts believe is the world’s first canine forensic reconstruction.The dog had been domesticated in the Neolithic era on the Scottish island archipelago, but still carried wolf-like characteristics, standing about the size of a large collie, according to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) which jointly commissioned the reconst...
Tags: Science, Dogs, Scotland, Animals, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Archaeology

Porcupine quills are sharp AF and inspiring a new kind of surgical staple

From Deep Look: The quills of North American porcupines have microscopic backward-facing barbs on the tips. Those barbs make the quills slide in easy but very difficult to remove. Researchers at Harvard are looking to porcupine quills for inspiration in designing a new type of surgical staple that would also use tiny barbs to keep itself lodged into the patient’s skin. This helps because traditional staples curve in under the skin to keep the staple in place. This creates more damage and ...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Medicine, Animals, Medical, Harvard, Surgery, Prickly Little Beasts

Singapore Officials Set Horrifying Record, Busting 14-Ton Shipment of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

Authorities in Singapore have seized more than 14 tons of scales of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam in what Paul Thomson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Pangolin Specialist Group described as the largest single such shipment on record, the New York Times reported on Monday. Thomson…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Singapore, Environment, Conservation, New York Times, Endangered Species, Vietnam, International Union For Conservation Of Nature, Poaching, Trafficking, Paul Thomson, Pangolins, Pangolin Scales, IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group

Rhino Poacher in South Africa Reportedly Killed By Elephant, Then Eaten By Lions

A man suspected to have entered Kruger National Park in South Africa neat the border with Mozambique on Monday with four compatriots to poach protected rhinos was reportedly killed by an elephant before becoming a meal to a pack of lions, according to a report in the Letaba Herald subsequently confirmed by other…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Elephants, South Africa, Conservation, Endangered Species, Mozambique, Poaching, Rhino, Lions, Kruger National Park, Letaba Herald

Four-Legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

A 140-foot whale fossil has been discovered off the coast of Peru, only it’s unlike any other. This particular gigantic mammal would have been able to transition between land and sea with ease, thanks to its tail and four legs. Its webbed feet would have helped move underwater, but the bend in the limbs suggests that the creature could move just as well on land. …
Tags: Science, Design, Animals, History, Culture, Peru, Archaeology, Evolution, Whales, Fossil, Linkaboutit

Cats can recognise their own names, say scientists

Researchers claim domestic cats can pick out their name in string of wordsTibbles and Tiger might not let you know it, but they appear to recognise when their name is being called, research into human-cat relationships has claimed.The researchers said previous studies had shown that other animals, including dogs, dolphins and parrots could show some understanding of human vocalisations, but it was unclear whether felines could too. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Cats, Animals, Pets, World news, Animal behaviour, Language

Great White Sharks Appear Perfectly Healthy Despite Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury Coursing Through Their Veins

Great white sharks aren’t the unstoppable killing machines of Hollywood’s imagination, but studies have continuously shown that they’re definitely badasses of evolution. A new paper out this week adds to that resume, finding that great whites can easily withstand levels of heavy metals that would kill most other…Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Animals, Sharks, Lead, Great White Sharks

Deadly skin-eating fungal disease wipes out 90 amphibian species in 50 years

Study reveals extent of chytrid fungus and how devastating it has been for frog, toad and salamander species worldwideA deadly disease that wiped out global populations of amphibians led to the decline of 500 species in the past 50 years, including 90 extinctions, scientists say.A global research effort, led by the Australian National University, has for the first time quantified the worldwide impact of chytridiomycosis, or chytrid fungus, a fungal disease that eats away at the skin of amphibian...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Amphibians, Australian National University

Dogs can smell when seizures are about to begin, scientists find

Scent linked to epileptic seizures could mean dogs can be trained to warn ownersDogs can detect a telltale scent linked to epileptic seizures, scientists have discovered, raising the possibility that they could be trained to reliably warn owners when a seizure is imminent.The findings may also help explain anecdotal reports that dogs are able to sense when their owner is about to have a seizure. Knowing when a seizure is going to occur could allow people with epilepsy to have greater control and...
Tags: Health, Science, Dogs, Animals, Society, UK News, World news, Epilepsy

Cull invasive mammals to save island species, experts urge

Move ‘would save 10% of all endangered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles’Nearly 10% of the world’s bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species currently on the brink of extinction could be saved by killing invasive mammals such as cats and rats on 169 islands, according to a new study.Islands comprise just 5.3% of the Earth’s landmass yet have experienced 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions since 1500. More than a third of species currently classified as “criticall...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Extinct wildlife

China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times – report

Kunxun was cloned from a police sniffer dog in Beijing but cost of process remains an obstacle Scientists in south-west China’s Yunnan province have reportedly cloned what they called the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs” in a programme they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs.The dog, named Kunxun, was cloned from a police sniffer dog by the Beijing-based Sinogene Biotechnology Company and the Yunnan Agricultural University, with support from the Ministry of Public Securi...
Tags: Science, Dogs, China, Animals, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Sherlock Holmes, Global Times, Ministry of Public Security, Yunnan province, south west China, Kunxun, Sinogene Biotechnology Company, Yunnan Agricultural University

We Need to Talk About this Robo-Dog Companion That Jim Henson's Creature Shop Helped Design

A company called Tombot thinks it’s come up with a way to improve the quality of life for seniors facing challenges when it comes to being social: a robotic companion dog that behaves and responds like a real pup, but without all the responsibilities of maintaining a living, breathing animal. The company even enlisted…Read more...
Tags: Science, Crowdfunding, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Robots, Kickstarter, Jim Henson, Tombot, Jim Hensons Creature Shop

Pole position: human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field

Scientists say there are signs of humans having a subconscious magnetic senseIt sounds like a power to be boasted of by the X-Men, but researchers say humans might have the ability to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field.Many animals, from pigeons to turtles, use it to navigate, while research has shown cattle prefer to align themselves with the field when standing in, well, a field. Even dogs make use of it – albeit when defecating. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Neuroscience, UK News, World news, US news, Earth

Fantasy Birding Is Real, And It's Spectacular

I became unreasonably passionate about fantasy sports for the very first time in my life. Not fantasy football or baseball or anything like that. I got into fantasy birdwatching.
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Fantasy Sports, Birding

Scientists reactivate cells from 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth

The team managed to stimulate nucleus-like structures to perform some biological processes, but not cell division.Unless better technology and DNA samples emerge in the future, it's unlikely that scientists will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.Still, studying the DNA of woolly mammoths provides valuable insights into the genetic adaptations that allowed them to survive in unique environments. None A team of Japanese and Russian scientists has successfully "reawakened" cells from a 28,000-year-...
Tags: Japan, Science, Animals, Cnn, Mit, Genetics, Innovation, Yuka, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Iritani, George Church a Harvard, Iritani

Sir Freddie the ram's 50-year-old frozen sperm used to produce offspring

Australian researchers believe it is the oldest viable stored semen of any species in the worldDecades after his 1960s heyday, Sir Freddie the ram has sired offspring from beyond the grave in what researchers believe is a project that shows the world’s oldest viable stored semen.A team at the University of Sydney has defrosted Sir Freddie’s 50-year-old semen and that of three other rams and successfully impregnanted it in 34 merino ewes. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Australia news, New South Wales, Reproduction, University of Sydney, Freddie

We Need More Games That Let You Play As Animals

Over the last weekend, I finally played some Ape Out. That game has some style. Though as I played it I realized something. Sadly, we don’t seem to get a lot of games anymore that give you control over an animal. That’s a shame, I love these games.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Kotaku Core, Goat Simulator, Sharks, Jaws, Eagle Flight, Depth, Ape Out, Untitled Goose Game, Hk Project

Elizabeth Hargrave’s Surprisingly Successful Board Game

In the board-game world, where characters are often zombies and military figures, Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan takes a different route. With scientifically accurate descriptions and depictions of birds, it’s a card-based game in which each player’s goal is to attract birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Players assign birds, outfitted with special powers and specific capabilities, to habitats and tally points based on whether or …
Tags: Games, Science, Design, Animals, Environment, Birds, Culture, Board Games, Game Design, Linkaboutit, Ornithology, Animal Conservation, Elizabeth Hargrave

Orange-bellied 'starry dwarf frog' discovered in Indian mountains

Astrobatrachus kurichiyana lurks in leaf litter and is sole member of an ancient lineageAn orange-bellied frog with a brown back, covered in tiny spots that resemble a starry sky, has been discovered in a mountain range in India, surprising researchers who said its ancestors branched off on the evolutionary tree from other members of the same frog family tens of millions of years ago.The frog, which is about 2cm to 3cm long, has been named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, although some might prefer i...
Tags: Science, Animals, India, Environment, World news, South and Central Asia, Amphibians

What animals can teach us about politics

Decades of studying primates has convinced me that animal politics are not so different from our own – and even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully. By Frans de WaalIn July 2017, when Sean Spicer, then the White House press secretary, was discovered hiding in the bushes to dodge questions from reporters, I knew Washington politics had become truly primatological. A few weeks earlier, James Comey had intentionally worn a blue suit while standing at the back of a room wit...
Tags: Politics, Science, Biology, Washington, White House, Animals, UK News, World news, US news, Fbi, Animal behaviour, Donald Trump, Saddam Hussein, James Comey, Sean Spicer

Why Do Opossums Love Trash?

While some might find them gross, you could say that the animals we associate with garbage like opossums and raccoons are ecological success stories. We humans drastically change our environments wherever we go, yet these crafty critters figure out a way to thrive in our presence. They use our trash to survive.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Trash, Opossums, O Posse

Do Dogs Get Headaches?

From the outside a dog’s life can seem close to ideal, at least at those moments when your desire to do nothing runs up against the imperatives of being alive (going to work, doing dishes, buying food for the dog, etc.). Plus, dogs generally don’t require fistfulls of Advil just to make it through the day. But would…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Dogs, Animals

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