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Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Long Beach have published a research paper detailing the reason behind distinct black and white color pattern of giant pandas. The research team revealed that Pandas have black and white markings for camouflage and communication purposes. Pandas are very sweet and seem playful. They have been popular on social networks for their funny videos and images while they eat bamboo.

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April the Giraffe’ has become popular online as Animal Adventure Park, the home of giraffe since September 2015, shared her live video on social media. April is 15 years old and with proper care, she can live for many years to come. Animal experts and staff taking care of April informed that she can give birth to healthy calves in coming years as she is fit and healthy. Animal Adventure Park officials informed that once April is done with nursing her calf, they will be separated.

Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

The thorny skate, a species of fish that mainly lives near the bottom of the coastline of North Atlantic Ocean, will not get protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal government agency has declared.

Various environmental groups and wildlife advocates had urged the federal authorities to add the thorny skate species to the endangered species list because the species’ population has declined significantly in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

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Poachers killed 25,000 elephants in Africa’s Minkebe National Park: survey

Poachers killed 25,000 elephants in Africa’s Minkébé National Park: survey

Poachers have killed as many as 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkebe National Park within a decade, according to a fresh survey by Duke University researchers.

Lead researcher John Poulson, an assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University, wrote in the newly published study that population of elephants in the national park, which has been a key sanctuary for the species, slipped 78 per cent from 2004 to 2014.

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Woolly Mammoth could be back from Extinction within Two years: Harvard Researchers

Woolly Mammoth could be back from Extinction within Two years: Harvard Researchers

Wooly Mammoths could be back from extinction within two years as per Harvard University research team working on a major resurrection project. Genetic research experts have been working for the past two year on the project at Harvard University research labs. The team has been working on recreating DNA blueprint of Wooly Mammoths. While many geneticist are excited about this groundbreaking project, some have raised ethical issues about recreating Wooly Mammoths.

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

Around a week ago, a New Zealand beach became a distressing grave site when hundreds of pilot whales became stranded on it and many of them died.

The New Zealand the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirmed that more than 600 pilot whales became stranded on the Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. Hundreds of volunteers worked with DOC workers to save the whales, but they could save only half of them. More than 300 whales died at the beach.

Scientists discover pollutants 10,000 meters deep in the Pacific Ocean

Scientists discover pollutants 10,000 meters deep in the Pacific Ocean

A new research has revealed the presence of chemical pollutants PCBs and PBDEs in some of the Pacific Ocean’s deepest trenches that were previously thought to be unharmed by human influence.

Scientists were surprised to find PCBs, PBDEs and other chemical pollutants in high concentrations in deep sea ecosystems because these pollutants have been banned since the 1970s.

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Japanese scientists develop robotic pollinator

Japanese scientists develop robotic pollinator

A team of Japanese scientists has successfully turned a small remote-controlled drone into a honey bee-like pollinator by attaching horsehairs layered with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly.

Flowers looking to receive pollen from their male parts into another bloom’s female parts often require an envoy to carry pollen. Those third players, such as honey bees, are called as pollinators.

Fish-scale gecko escapes predators’ grip by shedding scales and skin

Fish-scale gecko escapes predators’ grip by shedding scales and skin

Researchers have discovered a new type of gecko, an evasive little lizard that can escape predators’ grip by shedding its scales as well as skin.

The new species, dubbed Geckolepis megalepis, has the biggest scales of any fish-scale gecko, some of which measure nearly 8 per cent of its total body length. A team of researchers, led by Mark D. Scherz of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, discovered it northern Madagascar’s limestone karst.

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Viscoelastic Tongue Helps Frogs to Catch Prey Easily: Research

Viscoelastic Tongue Helps Frogs to Catch Prey Easily: Research

Frogs use a viscoelastic tongue and non-Newtonian saliva to catch prey, as per a new research paper from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology has informed. The research paper has been published in Journal of The Royal Society Interface. Frogs use their whip-like tongue and it hits the prey with a strong force. The tongue is very soft and a unique reversible saliva offers the stickiness to this action, which helps frogs to trap their prey. The swift action and stickiness doesn’t give a chance to the prey to escape. Before the prey knows it, it is already in mouth of the frog.

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