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Aquarium boosts reproduction of California's state marine fish

Animals

Bringing Bison and Biodiversity Back to the Prairie

<i>A Montana-based nonprofit is moving to preserve 3.5 million acres of the Great Plains.</i><p>The American Prairie Reserve (APR), a Montana-based nonprofit, …

Leaders Are Born, Not Made, Fish Study Finds

<i>Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from</i> <i>The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>By …

Science

The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey

As contests go, being named The Ugliest Creature on Earth feels like the sort of title that nobody is trying particularly hard to win.<p>But then again, …

Big break in dolphin die-off: It's an 'outbreak' of measles-like virus

Genetic tests have confirmed that an outbreak of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus is playing a major role in the massive dolphin die-off on the Mid-Atlantic coast.<p>This is the second big strike for the virus, which was the chief agent behind a wave of infections that struck bottlenose …

Scientific Research

Taste invaders: Chefs dish up invasive species at Philomath dinner

Frog leg potato salad. Feral pig bratwurst. Pulled wild turkey.<p>In other words — not your average meal.<p>All of these unusual foods were available to …

Hundreds of Desert Tortoises to be Euthanized as Conservation Center Funds Run Dry

Hundreds of Desert Tortoise to be Euthanized as Conservation Center Run Dry on Funds (Photo : Reuters)<p><b>Desert tortoises in the Nevada Facility have a</b> …

Building a Modern-Day Ark for the World’s Rarest Farm Animals

In 2011, Paul Davis took his 4-year-old son to a children’s farm outside London. While cooing over stripey Belted Galloway cows, Davis’ mind turned …

Tobacco plants plus antibodies equal possible treatment for Ebola

A cocktail of antibodies cooked up in tobacco plants may provide an emergency treatment for Ebola virus, one of the deadliest viruses known, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>The treatment provides 100 percent protection to monkeys when given right after exposure. But it also helps even after symptoms …

Health

Urgent Task for Insect: Stop a Relentless Vine

In many people’s minds, the weevil is associated with ravaged crops, ruined farmers and vast, forsaken fields, but New York City is about to unleash some 5,000 Asian weevils in several parks to attack a prolific vine that poses a threat to native plants and trees.<p>The beetles, each roughly the size …

Catch a Buzz for Science: Recording the Mysterious Calls of Summer Insects

Mystery Virus That’s Killed 47 Is Tied to Bats in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — Health officials confirmed Wednesday that bats in Saudi Arabia were the source of the mysterious virus that has sickened 96 people in the Middle East, killing 47 of them.<p>The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has been going on for 15 months, with most victims …

New Lyme disease estimate: 300,000 cases a year

ATLANTA — Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday.<p>As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.<p>Usually, only 20,000 to 30,000 illnesses are reported …

Incredible Technology: How to Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>In this weekly series, LiveScience explores how technology drives scientific exploration and discovery.</i><p>The passenger pigeon, the dodo …

Tiny fish make 'eyes' at their killer

Small prey fish can grow a bigger 'eye' on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival, new …

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

Biomimicry

Noble's Robber Frog (Craugastor noblei)

Conops quadrifasciatus

Cravinho (Dianthus lusitanus)

Cravinho (Dianthus lusitanus)

Tabebuia ochracea (Cham.) Standl.

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Thought I would post a pic of the baby... - Vicki Hansen Weiland

Meet the olinguito, Bassaricyon neblina, the first new species of carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years! The olinguito lives in high elevation Andean cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. It spends most of its time high up in trees and is active at night. Specimens had been in museum cabinets for more than a century, but Smithsonian researchers confirmed its status as a distinct species only recently. More about this species: http://eol.org/pages/37153234 Image by Mark Gurney (cc-by): http://eol.org/data_objects/25574098