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northern long-eared bat
2014-12-04 06:44:39

Over the last seven years, a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread throughout bat populations in North America, and the disease has left several species at risk of extinction.

sleeping to mars
2014-10-06 11:24:31

Science fiction has long used the idea of placing astronauts in a state of suspended animation, and yet, as fantastic as that idea sounds – it could increase the efficiency of a mission significantly by eliminating large amounts of food, water, clothing, and exercise equipment.

Wintertime Survival For Siberian Hamsters Depends On Summertime Cholesterol Consumption
2014-06-11 03:54:52

Increasingly, scientific findings indicate that an organism's diet affects more than just general health and body condition.

How Dormice Make Optimal Use Of Their Body Fat Reserves
2013-10-22 14:05:32

Edible dormice store considerable amounts of fat in summer. Their fat reserves are necessary for them to survive a long hibernation – on average 8 months – in underground cavities.

Lemur Offers Insights Into Sleep Purpose
2013-09-05 10:49:33

By studying hibernating lemurs - distant relatives of humans - researchers at Duke University say they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep.

Two New Lemurs Added To List Of Hibernating Primates
2013-05-02 13:38:40

Scientists have discovered that two little-known lemurs spend months hibernating as part of an adaptive survival strategy, tripling the total number of primates known to hibernate.

Climate Change Altered Hibernation For Rocky Mountain Animal Species
2012-08-10 13:30:42

For a species of Rocky Mountain ground squirrel, climate change is causing a late wake-up call from hibernation and the effect is deadly.

2012-04-27 22:06:21

Dr. Claudia Bieber from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and fellow scientists analysed a capture-recapture data set on common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) to investigate the life-history strategy of this species.


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European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus
2012-10-03 16:40:07

The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), also known as the common hedgehog, can be found in western and northern Europe. Its range extends from the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles to the central and western areas of Europe. Its southern range includes Fennoscandia and its northern range stretches from the Baltic to north-west Russia. This species has been introduced onto many European islands and possibly New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within meadows, grasslands, and woodland...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.