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Survey of Salmonella Species in Staten Island Zoo’s Snakes

To better understand the variety of Salmonella species harbored by captive reptiles, Staten Island Zoo has teamed up with the microbiology department at Wagner College.

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Coorong Fish Hedge Their Bets for Survival

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Analysis of the ear bones of the River Murray estuarine fish black bream has revealed how these fish ‘hedge their bets’ for population survival.

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Manganese Speeds Up Honey Bees

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The industrial metal manganese, once scarce, is now ubiquitous in our environment. New work suggests that it addles honey bees, which often act as sentinel species for environmental contaminants, even at levels considered safe for humans.

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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Part of Team Researching DNA of Tigers

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Nova Southeastern University researcher Stephen O’Brien, Ph.D. was part of a team of research scientists from China, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia and Qatar that looked at the genetic make-up of tigers.

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Skin Microbiome May Hold Clues to Protect Threatened Gold Frogs From Lethal Fungus

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Researchers discovered new information about the relationship between symbiotic microbial communities and amphibian disease resistance.

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Squid-Inspired ‘Invisibility Stickers’ Could Help Soldiers Evade Detection in the Dark (Video)

Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly with their backgrounds so that unsuspecting prey can’t detect them. Using a protein that’s key to this process, scientists have designed “invisibility stickers” that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras.

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Crocodile Ancestor Was Top Predator Before Dinosaurs Roamed North America

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Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that walked on its hind legs and likely preyed upon smaller inhabitants of North Carolina ecosystems such as armored reptiles and early mammal relatives.

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Predatory Snails Evolved Diverse Venoms to Subdue a Wide Range of Prey Species

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A new study by University of Michigan biologists suggests that some predatory marine cone snails evolved a highly diverse set of venoms that enables them to capture and paralyze a broad range of prey species

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To Save An Entire Species, All You Need Is $1.3 Million

How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, $1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.