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Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

As manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters to spend the upcoming harsh winter in, Florida’s wildlife officials have warned boaters that the whiskered marine mammals can pose a risk.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has urged boaters to slow down in areas in the sea where manatees are known to congregate. The commission has already confirmed 91 manatee deaths caused by boats so far this year.

Seasonal protection zones for the 1,000-pound marine mammals are set to take effect on coming Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

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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Researchers develop device that can reverse paralysis

Researchers develop device that can reverse leg paralysis

A team of neuroengineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed an innovative set of wireless brain and spinal cord implants that successfully reversed leg paralysis in monkeys.

The researchers implanted the new device/chip in the brains of some monkeys with severed spinal cords. It allowed the monkey’s brain to bypass the injury by sending the instructions straight to the nerves that controls movements of legs.

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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Researchers find method to add colors to electron microscopic imagery

Researchers find method to add colors to electron microscopic imagery

Electron microscopes enables users to look at as minute things as viruses and bacteria, but existing microscopes are not able to provide colorful images because when things get too small, they go dark as well.

However, that problem has apparently solved as a team of researchers at the Center for Research in Biological Systems at UC San Diego have developed a new method that adds color to electron microscopic imagery.

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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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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.

Human biology could benefit from lab dish baby mice research

Human biology could benefit from lab dish baby mice research

RESEARCHERS HOPE LAB DISH BABIES COULD BE REPLICATED IN HUMAN BIOLOGY
A team of Japanese scientists claimed to have produced baby mice from eggs grown entirely in a lab dish using a sample of mouse skin cells.

Prof. Katsuhiko Hayashi and his colleagues took skin cells from a mouse’s tail and reprogrammed them back into immature ones. Then, they successfully turned these cells into eggs. However, not all of those eggs were healthy.

Jumping Spiders have Amazing Hearing Capabilities: Research

Jumping Spiders have Amazing Hearing Capabilities: Research

Jumping spiders have amazing hearing capabilities, as per a new research paper published by biologist Paul Shamble at Harvard University. Before the current research, scientists believed that spiders are capable of hearing sounds produced nearby only. But, the new research claims that spiders can hear sounds coming from more than three meters away. This capability has left researchers in surprise consider the fact that spiders lack ears and eardrums. Their size usually varies from 1 to 25 mm.

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