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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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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.

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs

Evolutionary history of dogs seem to include Bear dogs
Fragmentary fossilized carnivore remains that sat largely unnoticed in a drawer at Chicago's Field Museum after being unearthed in southwestern Texas nearly three decades ago belonged to a strange group of extinct species known as "bear dogs."

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Chimps, bonobos & orangutans can read minds: study

Chimps, bonobos & orangutans can read minds: study

Humans are not the only intelligent creatures in this world that can 'read minds' as a new study has revealed that at least three species of great apes also have this key cognitive skill.

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Meerkat tops the list of mammals most likely to be murdered by its own kind: Study

Meerkat tops the list of mammals most likely to be murdered by its own kind: Study

In order to have a better understanding about the evolutionary origins of humanity’s violent nature, researchers have studied the violence rates among a thousand species. While looking at the data, researchers were stunned to know that meerkat topped the list of the mammals that is most likely to be murdered by its own kind.

Study’s lead researcher José María Gómez from the University of Granada said that the species might look cute and is popular for its cooperative ways, but when it comes to violence they kill each other.

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Mystic Aquarium finds rescued manatee between four and five months pregnant

Mystic Aquarium finds rescued manatee between four and five months pregnant

Wildlife officials have lately come to know that the manatee that they have saved from cooling waters off Cape Cod a week back is pregnant. A routine medical exam carried out at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut on Tuesday unveiled that the manatee is between four and five months pregnant.

Dr. Stephen M. Coan, president & CEO of Mystic Aquarium, said that the pregnancy news has made the rescuing effort and the care the manatee is receiving even more worthwhile. It is a big boost for them to continue with the conservation efforts.

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