Science News Archive - July 23, 2009
According to federal wildlife officials, the white-sided jackrabbit is down to an estimated population of 150 in the United States, and should possibly be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
One of the largest glaciers in the southern hemisphere has shrunk by a fifth in the last 40 years.
A chimp's attention is captured by faces more effectively than by bananas. A series of experiments described in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology suggests that the apes are wired to respond to faces in a similar manner to humans.
Thousands of dead fish were found in Florida Bay this week, possible victims of the summer heat, Everglades National Park officials say. A fish kill normally happens nearly every year in the Everglades, The Miami Herald reports, with floating redfish, snook and other species covering about 20 acres between Buoy Key and the coast. But, not this big, said Dave Hallac, the park's chief of biological resources.
For a long time scientists have observed the biological consequences of global climate change. One of the most famous symptoms is the shift of habitats from the equator further north or further south.
Local and government officials are becoming increasingly concerned over a series of small earthquakes that have rattled the town of Cleburne, Texas since early June.
The Micropalaeontology team at the Department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is working on the study of microfossils under the direction of Mr Julio RodrÃguez LÃ¡zaro
Scientists have recorded a decline in winter precipitation over the past 60 years in Spain, and they now forecast that precipitation will also decrease in spring and summer.
"If you could read my mind, love, what a tale my thoughts could tell" â€”Gordon Lightfoot
In the animal kingdom, everything is not as it seems. Individuals of the same species can look very different from each other - what biologists term 'polymorphism.'
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.