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New species of cannibal scorpions – Bangalore Mirror

By Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | December 9, 2015 Three researchers from Maharashtra working in Bengaluru have described a new species of scorpion from the Western Ghats During a field study for the Indian tarantula project supported by the Rufford Foundation and Department of Science and Technology, three scientists Zeeshan A Mirza and Rajesh V Sanap from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru and Amod M Zambre from the Centre …

First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

… typically weighing about 1 pound. The nocturnal creature lives in trees and, unlike other primates, it can’t leap. Its diet includes tree gum, insects, and fruit. The scientists studied the animal’s body temperature in the fall, winter and spring in Vietnam. They found that the creature engaged in episodes of hibernation between December and February that lasted up to 63 hours each. The researchers suspect both an internal clock mechanism that kicks in during seasons of food scarcity …

The secrets of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk – nearly 500 species discovered 

By Svetlana Arkhangelskaya, Special to RBTH | November 30, 2015 In the summer of 2015 almost 500 previously unknown ocean species were discovered in the Kuril Basin that is part of the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. scientists from Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, and other countries took part in the SokhoBio expedition that made these sensational discoveries. In an exclusive, RBTH reports the preliminary results. scientists previously thought that deep-water life in the Sea of …

Discovery of long-sought biological compass claimed

By David Cyranoski | November 16, 2015 Protein complex offers explanation for how animals sense Earth’s magnetic pull. In the cells of fruit flies, Chinese scientists say that they have found a biological compass needle: a rod-shaped complex of proteins that can align with Earth’s weak magnetic field. The biocompass — whose constituent proteins exist in related forms in other species, including humans — could explain a long-standing puzzle: how animals such as birds and insects …