Category Archives: News & General Interest

A cray-active solution for cancer research

From | November 2, 2015 Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center have discovered a new species which is helping them understand epigenetics: all individuals of the marbled crayfish examined so far have been female. They reproduce by parthenogenesis, the unfertilized ovum develops directly into a new individual, and possess completely identical genetic makeup. Differences between individuals must therefore result from epigenetics. Cancer too can also have epigenetic causes, which makes the marbled crayfish […]

Predator Defenses Backfired: Poisonous Frogs Face Higher Risk Of Extinction, Researchers Say 

By Samantha Mathewson | October 20, 2015 Sometimes, being the most poisonous in the bunch isn’t the best defense, it seems. In order to escape predation, many species have evolved to use special defenses that include camouflaging themselves, mimicking other species or using chemicals. For some amphibians that use toxins to protect themselves, the self-defense plan has backfired. Researchers from the University of Liverpool recently discovered that this predatory defense puts animals such as the […]

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

By Rupa Sengupta | October 16, 2015 It has flaming orange and blue feathers, a long orange beak and round dark eyes. It’s a thing of beauty, of grace, of plucky unselfconsciousness. Meet the male moustached kingfisher, long dubbed “ghost bird” for rarely, if ever, having been sighted. Sadly, what I’ve described is only an image recently circulating in the media. Reportedly, Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History captured this rare bird […]

Chile Creates Largest Marine Reserve in the Americas

By Jane J. Lee, National Geographic | October 5, 2015 Valparaiso, CHILE—The Chilean government on Monday announced that it has created the largest marine reserve in the Americas by protecting an area hundreds of miles off its coast roughly the size of Italy. The new area, called the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, constitutes about eight percent of the ocean areas worldwide that have been declared off-limits to fishing and governed by no-take protections, says Russell Moffitt, […]

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