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Article ID: 707391

Crowdsourcing effort aims to unearth new discoveries in “lost” collection at Iowa Lakeside Laboratories

Iowa State University

Citizen scientists can contribute to an effort to enter thousands of preserved organism samples from the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory into an easily searchable database. An ISU scientist overseeing the project said there’s no telling what kind of discoveries may await among the various specimens of plants, insects and animals.

1-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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    28-Jan-2019 3:00 PM EST

Article ID: 706953

How Do Fish & Birds Hang Together without Colliding? Researchers Find the Answer is a Wake with Purpose

New York University

Fish and birds are able to move in groups, without separating or colliding, due to a newly discovered dynamic: the followers interact with the wake left behind by the leaders. The finding offers new insights into animal locomotion and points to potential ways to harness energy from natural resources, such as rivers or wind.

23-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706519

Feathers: Better Than Velcro?

University of California San Diego

The structures zipping together the barbs in bird feathers could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to a study by an international team of researchers publishing in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances. Researchers 3D printed models of the structures to better understand their properties.

15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 706496

Adapting protocol pioneered for Zika, researchers find West Nile Virus now a permanent part of Arizona ecosystem

Northern Arizona University

With winter temperatures in Maricopa County rarely dipping below freezing--60 degrees and raining, like today, is one of its more wintry days--Arizona is a perfect home for virus-carrying mosquitoes to overwinter, allowing the virus to survive.

15-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706192

Study Finds 2 Billion Birds Migrate Over Gulf Coast

Cornell University

A new study combining data from citizen scientists and weather radar stations is providing detailed insights into spring bird migration along the Gulf of Mexico and how these journeys may be affected by climate change. Findings on the timing, location, and intensity of these bird movements are published in the journal Global Change Biology.

9-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
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    5-Jan-2019 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706007

Bat wing muscles specialize for different temperature ranges

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Bats have long intrigued humans. In a variety of cultures, they embody malevolent symbolism, including darkness, death, foreboding, and evil spirits. In others, they’re benevolent flyers who bestow good fortune. Bats themselves also come in a variety of forms and shapes. The miniscule “bumblebee bat,” ranks among the world’s smallest mammals. Flying foxes, which eat mostly fruit and other vegetation, can have wingspans reaching up to 6 feet long. The clear-winged wooly bat may be one of the strangest to look at. Its wings are nearly transparent, and the muscles, circulatory system, and bones are clearly visible through the translucent, almost-paper-thin skin.

4-Jan-2019 12:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706005

Getting Stressed by Artificial Light at Night

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Light pollution is on everyone’s minds in Reno, Nevada, a city famous for its bright lights and nightlife. Nighttime light pollution is a growing concern for cities worldwide. Artificial light at night has been found to cause serious health effects including disrupting our sleep-wake cycle ¬–our circadian rhythm.

4-Jan-2019 12:05 AM EST

Article ID: 705710

Dive-bombing for love: Male hummingbirds dazzle females with a highly synchronized display

Princeton University

When it comes to flirting, animals know how to put on a show. In the bird world, males often go to great lengths to attract female attention, like peacocks shaking their tail feathers and manakins performing complex dance moves. These behaviors often stimulate multiple senses, making them hard for biologists to quantify.

19-Dec-2018 3:10 PM EST

Article ID: 705436

Texas State researchers lead test of pioneering Bat Deterrent System

Texas State University

Texas State University researchers, in partnership with Bat Conservation International (BCI), have completed a trial of an ultrasonic acoustic Bat Deterrent System that reduced overall bat fatalities at the Los Vientos Wind Energy Facility in Starr County by 54 percent.

13-Dec-2018 1:30 PM EST

Article ID: 705196

How Will the Winds of Climate Change Affect Migratory Birds?

Cornell University

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years.

10-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST

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