Feature Channels

Ecology and Animals

Filters:

  • (Press "esc" to clear)

Science

Channels:

Why Plants Don't Get Sunburn

Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from sun damage. Now, in an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, one team reports on the mechanics of how these natural plant sunscreens work.

View

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Plump Turtles Swim Better: First Models of Swimming Animals

Leatherbackswimming_Wyneken_1.jpg

For the first time, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Why Some Butterflies Sound Like Ants

ASA-Barbero-butterflyparasite.jpg

Ant nests can offer a lot to organisms other than just ants. They are well-protected, environmentally-stable and resource-rich spaces -- in many ways everything a tiny creature could ask for in a home. For the insects that squat inside ant nests, though, survival means finding ways to live with the ants -- by foiling the chemical cues ants use to distinguish friend from foe, for instance.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Giant Tortoises Gain a Foothold on a Galapagos Island

IMG_5187.JPG

A population of endangered giant tortoises has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as “a true story of success and hope in conservation” by the lead author of a published study.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

NUS Researchers Discover for the First Time That a Rare Bush Frog Breeds in Bamboo

Image1.jpg

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a new reproductive mode in frogs and toads - breeding and laying direct developing eggs in live bamboo with narrow openings - which was observed in the white spotted bush frog (Raorchestes chalazodes). This critically endangered frog is currently only one of two species known to adopt this novel reproductive strategy. The findings were published in The Linnean Society of London’s Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in October 2014.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Penguin Chicks

penguinscrop.jpg

University of Delaware oceanographers have reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adélie penguin chicks in the Oct. 22 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

EMBARGOED

A reporter's PressPass is required to access this story until the embargo expires on 31-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Impact of Invasive Species Varies with Latitude, Highlighting Need for Biogeographic Perspective on Invasions

In a large scale study of native and invasive Phargmites, researchers from URI and LSU found that the intensity of plant invasions by non-native species can vary considerably with changes in latitude.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Study Finds Fish Just Wanna Have Fun

Gordon Burghardt and his colleagues Vladimir Dinets, a psychology research assistant professor, and James Murphy of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., are the first to document play with objects in a cichlid fish species.

View | Comment

Science

Channels:

Keywords:

Dolphin 'Breathalyzer' Could Help Diagnose Animal and Ocean Health

624736.image1.jpg

Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans — and now in the beloved bottlenose dolphin. In a report in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team describes a new instrument that can analyze the metabolites in breath from dolphins, which have been dying in alarming numbers along the Atlantic coast this year.

View