Submitted by Karan Gosal on Sun, 12/11/2016 - 03:02
Monkey have well developed vocal tract that can help them human-like sounds but their brain isn’t enough developed for speech, as per a new research. The study teams from Europe and the United States analyzed throat and mouth of macaque monkeys with x-ray video to check if they have vocal tract ready for human-like speech. With the help of a computer model, the research team tested what the sounds would be like, if monkey brain was replaced with human brain.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 12/10/2016 - 05:34
Monkeys have a vocal tract capable of producing human-like speech but they are unable to produce words because they lack the right wiring in their brains, according to a new study.
Researchers have long been intrigued by primates’ failure to talk like humans. On Friday, a group of researchers reported that their study suggested that monkeys have the required vocal tract but they don’t have the right wiring required to produce words.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:51
Giraffes are apparently facing a silent extinction as the global population of the iconic animal has drastically declined in the past three decades, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned in its latest report.
According to the newly released IUCN report, the global population of giraffes slipped from around 155,000 in 1985 to fewer than 97,000 in 2015.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:51
At the time of lift off, birds’ wings generate tiny, circular currents of air known as wingtip vortices. A new study allowed a group of researchers to visualize and examine these wingtip vortices, and they discovered that found that the actual way the air moves is different from what is commonly thought based on theoretical calculations.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:21
A large crowd gathered at the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State late last week to herald the return of a rare weasel species that had been missing in the area for the last seven decades.
A total of 10 Pacific fishers, which had been trapped in British Columbia, were set free at Mount Rainier National Park as part of wildlife officials’ efforts to reintroduce the native species to its historical range.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:11
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia suffered its worst coral die-off this year as warmer seas killed more than two-thirds of a 700-kilometer (435 miles) stretch of coral within the last nine-month period, researchers announced on Monday.
The Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies said in its latest report that the reef’s northern region, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, suffered a loss of 67 per cent of its shallow-water corals during the last eight to nine months.
Submitted by Karan Gosal on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 03:31
The saltmarsh sparrow could face extinction over next five decades, as per a new report issued by the Connecticut Audubon Society. The society has warned that saltmarsh sparrows have been facing decline in population since 1998 and the average annual decline has been estimated at 9 percent. The nesting regions for sparrows have decreased and they also face other challenges.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 11/28/2016 - 06:21
The pinching force of an adult coconut crab is almost equal to the deadly bite force of an adult lion, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The so-called coconut crabs (Birgus latro), which inhabit islands in the Indian and southern Pacific oceans can grow up to 9 pounds in weight, with a leg-span of 3 feet. These large crabs can easily crack open the hard shells of coconuts.