Tiny Treadmills Help Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina
 
Published: 01/3/2018

Scientists believe that sea turtle hatchlings have an innate instinct that guides them toward the brightest low horizon and away from tall dark silhouettes, which orients them toward the ocean’s surf. However, excess…


Animals in medicine cared for like the heroes they are
 
Published: 12/19/2017

Telling the public about those of us who work in animal research may not change opinions, but I want to break the silence.

I want real information to be available so, no matter what opinions are formed, they are…


Pretty birds studied by UWM researchers may help unlock genetics of fending off diseases
 
Published: 12/5/2017

The better looking a male tree swallow is, the more effective his immune genes are, and the more likely his offspring will be equipped to resist parasites and disease-causing pathogens, researchers have discovered.


Why this deer disease could change the way Americans hunt forever
 
Published: 11/27/2017

There's increasing concern [chronic wasting disease], a prion disease similar to mad cow, eventually could cross the species barrier and spread to humans. Many scientists think it's not a matter of if, but a matter…


Surprise: Blue Whales Are Mostly ‘Left-Handed’
 
Published: 11/20/2017

a new study adds a surprising new detail to the marine mammals' underwater ballet: They don’t spin and turn at random. Instead, the 80-foot-long giants show a preference for either their right or left side—the…


Earliest evidence for dog breeding found on remote Siberian island
 
Published: 09/18/2017

Now it appears these ancient Arctic dwellers did something even more remarkable: They may have been among the first humans to breed dogs for a particular purpose. An analysis of canine bones from Zhokhov suggests…


First warm-blooded lizards switch on mystery heat source at will
 
Published: 08/15/2017

The first known warm-blooded lizard, the tegu, can heat itself to as much as 10 °C above its surroundings – making it unique among reptiles.

But bizarrely, it only switches on its heating system at…


Pollution Is Turning Sea Snakes Black—for a Surprising Reason
 
Published: 08/14/2017

The turtle-headed sea snake usually sports beautiful bands of alternating black and white. But for decades, researchers have been puzzled by populations living near Pacific Ocean cities that seem to have lost their stripes.


Brothers Unexpectedly Discover Fossil of Japan’s Oldest Water Bird
 
Published: 08/11/2017

When two brothers were walking near a reservoir in a small town in northern Japan, one noticed something peculiar in the ground. The brothers collected a few of the intriguing pieces and took them to paleontologists at…


Five Awesome Facts For Bat Appreciation Day
 
Published: 04/17/2017

With over 1000 living species, bats are actually one of the largest groups of mammals (besides rodents) and make up 20% of known mammal species. They range in size from the less-than-one-ounce bumblebee bat to the 2.6-pound…