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How do genes get new jobs? Wasp venom offers new insights

Science Daily Animal News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:30

A new study describes how four closely related species of parasitic wasps change their venoms rapidly in order to adapt to new hosts, and proposes that co-option of single copy genes may be a common but relatively understudied mechanism of evolution for new gene functions, particularly under conditions of rapid evolutionary change.

Satellite data to map endangered monkey populations on Earth

Science Daily Animal News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:19

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, a research team can map multiple indicators of monkey distribution, including human activity zones as inferred from roads and settlements, direct detections from mosquito-derived iDNA, animal sound recordings, plus detections of other species that are usually found when monkeys are present, such as other large vertebrates.

Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk

Science Daily Animal News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:40

There were warning signs that populations of commercially harvested whales were heading for global collapse up to 40 years before the event, a study of historic whaling records has revealed.

Biologist develops new method to calculate populations of elusive species

Science Daily Animal News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:33

An innovative new method of estimating the density of snake populations without employing the capture-mark-recapture technique has been created by a biologist.

Can you spot the Curiosity rover in this photo of Mars?

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:04

Can you spot the Curiosity rover in this photo of Mars?

NASA's Curiosity rover has delivered some seriously stellar views of Mars to us back on Earth, but it's easy to forget that the dusty, durable vehicle spends a lot of its time driving to various locations of scientific importance. Crawling over rocks and navigating never-before-seen peaks and valleys, the trusty bot just keeps on truckin'. This week, NASA delivered a photo that perfectly encapsulates Curiosity's tiresome journey, but you might miss the rover at first glance.

The photo, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, captures the Curiosity rover as it trudges over a seemingly endless sea of rocky, lifeless terrain. The image, which has been color-enhanced so that you actually have a chance of picking out the rover hidden among the weathered rocks and sand.

Can you see it? It's a bit hard to make out, but that tiny blue dot in the very center is Curiosity, clawing along on the martian landscape on its way to a new destination. In the photo, the vehicle is headed uphill on Mount Sharp, towards Vera Rubin Ridge, where Curiosity investigated rock formations.

It's kind of crazy to think that this very thing — scraping its wheels on dusty rocks, taking samples, and snapping photos — is what the rover has been doing every day for the past five years or so. And with its plutonium power supply rated to last a minimum of 14 years (albeit with a decrease in overall output), it could be doing it for the better part of another decade, if things work out well.


Murders hit record high in Mexico

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:31

Murders hit record high in MexicoMexico registered a record number of murders last month, officials said, underlining the country's struggles to deal with the horrific violence surrounding the multi-billion-dollar narcotics trade. There were 2,186 homicides in May, said a report from the National Public Safety System -- the highest figure since the country began keeping track 20 years ago. The deadliest state was Guerrero, in the south, a hotspot in Mexico's war on drugs where 216 people were killed.


African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive cats

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:00

The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill.

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over Michael Brown's Death

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:39

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over Michael Brown's Death(Reuters) - The parents of black teenager Michael Brown and the city of Ferguson, Missouri, have settled a lawsuit over his fatal shooting by a white city police officer in 2014, according to a court document filed on June 19, 2017.


OAS nations make last-ditch effort to condemn Venezuela for crisis

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:49

OAS nations make last-ditch effort to condemn Venezuela for crisisBy Anthony Esposito CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico and the United States pushed on Wednesday to condemn Venezuela's government for its handling of the political and economic crisis in the South American country, on the final day of a meeting of the Organization of American States, sources told Reuters. Foreign ministers from the 34-nation OAS bloc failed on Monday to agree on a resolution formally rebuking Venezuela, where at least 75 people have been killed in more than two months of protests. Now a group of nations, led by the United States, Mexico and regional allies, may try to include a declaration on Venezuela, tucking it into a more general resolution on human rights, according to two officials close to the closed-door talks.


Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violations

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:41

Wall Street Journal sacks top reporter over ethics violationsThe Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired a top correspondent over ethics violations after a news agency investigation uncovered potential business dealings with an Iranian-American businessman who was also a source. Jay Solomon, the newspaper's chief foreign affairs correspondent and author of a book on secret deals involving Iran, "is no longer employed by The Wall Street Journal," said a statement by the newspaper's parent Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp.


Fossil holds new insights into how fish evolved onto land

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:59

The fossil of an early snake-like animal -- called Lethiscus stocki -- has kept its evolutionary secrets for the last 340-million years. Now, an international team of researchers has revealed new insights into the ancient Scottish fossil that dramatically challenge our understanding of the early evolution of tetrapods, or four-limbed animals with backbones.

Rumormill: Harley-Davidson Considering Buying Ducati

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:49

 Harley-Davidson Considering Buying DucatiRumormill: Harley-Davidson Considering Buying Ducati Harley-Ducatison? An updated Sprint? Who knows? Word on the street is that Harley might snap up Ducati in the not-so-distant future. Yes, it’s simply a rumor so far, and like so much industry gossip will


Reconstruction of ancient chromosomes offers insight into mammalian evolution

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:51

Researchers have gone back in time, at least virtually, computationally recreating the chromosomes of the first eutherian mammal, the long-extinct, shrewlike ancestor of all placental mammals.

Dad Who Had Wanted Abortion Allegedly Beats Baby Girl Within an Inch of Her Life: Cops

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:04

 CopsSixteen-month-old Nylah's battle to survive began on Father's Day when a 911 caller reported that the girl's mom had been chased and assaulted.


James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:40

James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowshipNEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.


The Death of the Boeing's 747 Is on the Horizon

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:19

The Death of the Boeing's 747 Is on the HorizonA Boeing forecast of the airline industry leaves the large four-engine planes like the 747 without a seat at the table.


Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:17

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speechLONDON (AP) — Weakened by a disastrous election, British Prime Minister Theresa May ditched some of her most controversial campaign pledges and suggested she was willing to soften her approach to leaving the European Union as Queen Elizabeth II delivered the government's legislative agenda to Parliament Wednesday.


Piglets prefer new toys, behavior study shows

Science Daily Animal News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:53

We can't help but be tempted by new things. We see it in a child's eyes when she opens a new toy, and feel it every time a new version of the iPhone is released. It turns out our preference for shiny, new things is pretty universal throughout the animal kingdom. Yes, even piglets prefer new toys.

Walmart And Amazon Rivalry Goes To The Next Level: The Cloud

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:48

 The CloudWalmart and Amazon's rivalry just went to the next level.


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