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Newswise: How Birds Got Their Wings

Article ID: 607747

How Birds Got Their Wings

McGill University

Fossil data show scaling of limbs altered as birds originated from dinosaurs

Released:
17-Sep-2013 10:50 AM EDT
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    16-Sep-2013 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 607677

Birds Appear to Lack Important Anti-Inflammatory Protein

American Physiological Society (APS)

Bird diseases can have a vast impact on humans, so understanding their immune systems can be a benefit for people. An important element in the immune system of many animals is the protein TTP, which plays an anti-inflammatory role, yet researchers have been unable to find it in birds. New research suggests birds are an anomaly.

Released:
14-Sep-2013 8:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Impacts of Human-Driven Change 
On Argentine Forests:  Good for Parasites, Bad for Birds

Article ID: 605378

Impacts of Human-Driven Change On Argentine Forests: Good for Parasites, Bad for Birds

Wildlife Conservation Society

A new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Disease Ecology Laboratory of Instituto de Ciencias Veterinarias del Litoral, Argentina (ICIVET LITORAL, UNL-CONICET) shows that increases in precipitation and changes in vegetative structure in Argentine forests – factors driven by climate change and deforestation in the region – are leading to increased parasitism of young nesting birds by fly larvae (botflies) of the species Philornis torquans.

Released:
15-Jul-2013 12:30 PM EDT
Newswise: Powerful Animal Tracking System Helps Research Take Flight

Article ID: 605074

Powerful Animal Tracking System Helps Research Take Flight

North Carolina State University

Call it a bird’s eye view of migration. Scientists have created a new animal tracking system using a big data approach.

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3-Jul-2013 1:50 PM EDT
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    25-Jun-2013 5:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 604749

Hiding in Plain Sight: New Species of Bird Discovered in Capital City

Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, BirdLife International, and other groups have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in a capital city of 1.5 million people.

Released:
25-Jun-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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    3-Jun-2013 9:30 AM EDT

Article ID: 603659

Songbirds May Give Insight to Nature vs. Nurture

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE)

On June 3rd, JoVE will publish a research technique that allows neural imaging of auditory stimuli in songbirds via MRI. The technique, developed by Dr. Annemie Van der Linden and her laboratory at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, will be one of the first published in JoVE Behavior, a new section of the video journal that focuses on observational and experimental techniques that seek to understand human and animal behavior through physiological, neurological, and genetic means.

Released:
30-May-2013 10:00 AM EDT
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    28-May-2013 5:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603441

Evolution in the Blink of an Eye

Cornell University

A novel disease in songbirds has rapidly evolved to become more harmful to its host on at least two separate occasions in just two decades, according to a new study. The research provides a real-life model to help understand how diseases that threaten humans can be expected to change in virulence as they emerge.

Released:
28-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT
Newswise: After Successful Premiere, IU Biologists Release Junco Documentary for Birders, Teachers

Article ID: 603380

After Successful Premiere, IU Biologists Release Junco Documentary for Birders, Teachers

Indiana University

The world premiere of the film "Ordinary Extraordinary Junco: Remarkable Biology From a Backyard Bird" -- a fascinating science documentary developed by biologists at Indiana University about one of North America's most beloved songbirds -- was a local success and a box office sell-out.

Released:
22-May-2013 12:25 PM EDT

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Article ID: 602938

Kestrels, Other Urban Birds Are Stressed by Human Activity

Boise State University

A new study from scientists at Boise State University shows that even species considered “tolerant” of human activity may be adversely impacted by human disturbance; Kestrels nesting in close proximity to roads and developed areas had elevated stress hormones and high rates of nest abandonment.

Released:
10-May-2013 5:15 PM EDT

Article ID: 602809

Save the Parrots: Texas A&M Team Sequences Macaw Genome

Texas A&M University

In a groundbreaking move that provides new insight into avian evolution, biology and conservation, researchers at Texas A&M University have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw for the first time.

Released:
8-May-2013 5:30 PM EDT

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