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Rats love to be tickled and this German Experiment can tell more about somatosensory cortex function

Rats love to be tickled: German Research

A new study by a team of Berlin-based researchers has revealed that rats love to be tickled and they not only "giggle" but also have joyful jumping behavior.

When the researchers gave rats a 10-second tickle with a gloved hand, they found the rats enjoying an animal version of laughter. The rats not only enjoyed being tickled but also ran towards the gloved hand to be tickled again.

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Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Seabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists.

Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds mistakenly eat plastic floating in the ocean because it smells like food. A team of biologists from UC Davis have discovered the chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic.

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Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa and killings of the giant animals are continuing at an alarming pace, a new research revealed.

The sobering reality came into light after a team of researchers examined multiple seized shipments of elephant tusks and found that a big majority of those tusks came from African elephants that were killed within last three years.

Elephants are being killed just for their tusks/ivory. The sale as well as purchase of good made of ivory is illegal, but black markets exist across the globe.

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Natural compound successfully reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

Natural compound successfully reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

A new research conducted by a team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has suggested a new way to reduce signs of aging.

The scientists supplemented healthy mice with a natural compound, dubbed NMN, and found that it reduced signs of aging such as gradual weight gain, declines in physical activity and loss of insulin sensitivity.

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Ross Sea will be World's Largest Marine Reserve after landmark agreement

Agreement reached on Ross Sea as World's Largest Marine Reserve

Ross Sea is home to some of the rare species facing decline in habitat in other parts of the world. The efforts to setup Ross Sea in Antarctic region have been ongoing for past many years but the major roadblock was created by Russia. Finally, an agreement has been signed by many countries to setup Ross Sea as marine reserve. After the agreement to setup Ross Sea in Antarctica as protected area, there will be a ban on wildlife or mineral extraction in the region.

Common Swift Can Remain Airborne for 10 Months without Landing: Study

Common Swift Can Fly for Ten Months without Landing: Research

Common swift can remain airborne for nearly 10 months during the long migration from Europe to Africa. The research team tracking movement of common swifts found that the birds leave their European roosts in July and migrate towards central and western Africa. The research team from Lund University in Sweden noted amazing capabilities of swifts to feed in air and even mate in certain situations, without touching ground. The team also noticed that swifts don’t touch land but they land on branches, houses or nest boxes.

Fish Fossil Offers More Information on Evolution of Animal Jaws: Research

Fish Fossil Offers More Information on Evolution of Animal Jaws: Research

After analyzing 423 million year old fish fossils, researchers from Sweden and China have offered interesting information about evolution of animal jaws. The research team analyzed fish fossils found in China's Yunnan province belonging to Qilinyu rostrata fish species. The study results have been published in journal Science.

New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia after Fossilized Bones Found in Queensland

New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia after Fossilized Bones Found in Queensland

Scientists have hinted about finding a new species of dinosaurs after they analyzed fossilized bones found by Queensland resident David Ellioitt. The massive bones have led scientists to suggest new family tree for sauropods which could have thrived in Australia during the past. Mr. Ellioitt now heads Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Australia. The analysis suggests that dinosaur could be 40-50 feet long.

Humans killing hundreds of snow leopards every year: report

Humans killing hundreds of snow leopards every year: report

Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed by humans every year, often in retaliation for their attacks on livestock, a new report by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC revealed.

Snow leopards, which are also called mountain ghosts, are elusive felines that have been categorized as endangered animals. These endangered felines roam the high mountains of central Asia.

Ancient Cave Art points towards Mysterious Ice Age Bison Species

Ancient Cave Art points towards Mysterious Ice Age Bison Species

Scientists have claimed about a mysterious species hybrid bison after carefully analyzing ancient DNA and ice age cave paintings. The unknown species of hybrid bison has been named as ‘Higgs Bison’ by the research team. The research team claims that the bison originated 120,000 years back as per the research paper published in journal Nature Communications. Researchers have been working on this project for 15 years and have finally found samples of DNA which point towards existence of hybrid bison species in the past.

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