Topic: Wildlife

February 2, 2018 HUMANS AND ANIMALS – Encore Edition - HUMANS AND ANIMALS - Encore Edition - The origins of ancient house cats in China. Crows that hold grudges. And, how global warming is creating a new breed of Arctic explorers - of the avian variety. Also: the lengths squirrels will go to to hide their nuts.
January 30, 2018 Modifying Mammal Movement - How do humans alter mammal movements across the landscape?
January 25, 2018 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
December 13, 2017 Dolphin Click Algorithms - Machine learning algorithms like those used by social media companies can classify dolphin echolocation clicks.
December 8, 2017 Narwhal Great Escape - These mysterious single-tusked denizens of the Arctic have a paradoxical response to danger.
October 20, 2017 Beak Evolution - More than a century of backyard bird feeding may have lengthened one bird species’ beaks.
October 16, 2017 Bird Play & Tools - Birds, like humans infants, learn about the world around them through play.
October 2, 2017 Pumpkin Toadlet Hearing - Tiny orange frogs called pumpkin toadlets can’t hear their own calls.
September 27, 2017 Sleeping Jellyfish - Snoozing jellyfish help scientists understand the origins of sleep.
September 26, 2017 Restoring the California Condor - Reducing lead ammo may restore California condors.
September 20, 2017 Sizing Up Extinction - Being the “right-size” helps protect species from extinction.
September 19, 2017 Butterfly Wing Patterns - Butterfly wings help reveal the genetics underlying coloration patterns.
September 18, 2017 Old Fish - Many populations of fish are losing their biggest, oldest members.
August 28, 2017 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
July 27, 2017 Dams & Fish - Documenting the decline and return of Northeastern US fish migrations.
July 24, 2017 Whale Diet & Genetics - A genetic difference between the two types of whales that could partially explain why some became so gigantic.
July 19, 2017 Amphibian ARC - Scientists build a rescue “ark” to protect endangered frogs.
April 29, 2017 Ocean Science in the 21st Century - ENCORE PRESENTATION: OCEAN SCIENCE IN THE 21st CENTURY - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also, behind the untimely death of the octopus.
April 21, 2017 Oxygen-Deprived Mole-rats - An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.
March 29, 2017 Antibiotics vs. Bees - Antibiotics used to treat foulbrood in honeybee hives could be contributing to the decline of honeybee populations.
March 21, 2017 Contagious Parrot Laughter - Rare New Zealand parrots start playing spontaneously when they hear certain calls.
January 23, 2017 Mapping Extinct Brains - Scientists scanned preserved brains of extinct Tasmanian tigers in an attempt to better understand their behavior and life history.
January 2, 2017 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
November 8, 2016 Ivory Forensics - Chemical analysis of poached ivory reveals that elephant slaughter is massive and recent.
November 3, 2016 Airborne Swifts - Small birds called common swifts remain airborne for months at a time.
October 21, 2016 Dolphin Stranding - Rescue volunteers respond to a stranded dolphin on Cape Cod.
September 19, 2016 Black Pig Preferences - Across the globe, humans have selected pigs with genetic mutations for black coats.
September 12, 2016 Giraffe Genetics - A DNA analysis reveals that giraffes make up four different species instead of just one.
September 5, 2016 Gambling Wolves & Dogs - Does their divergent evolution affect risk-taking behavior in dogs and wolves?
August 18, 2016 From Prairies to Corn - Market forces have recently converted large areas of sensitive North American prairies to cropland.
August 17, 2016 Living Fossil Squirrel - Scientists search for an arboreal African rodent that’s changed little in over thirty million years.
August 15, 2016 Long-Lived Sharks - The longest-lived vertebrate hangs out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
August 9, 2016 Cardinals vs. West Nile Virus - Northern cardinals may help protect people from West Nile Virus.
July 25, 2016 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
July 22, 2016 Rooting Out Pythons - An invasive python’s own social behaviors could be its undoing in Florida.
July 5, 2016 Frigatebird Migration - Solar transmitters on ocean-going frigatebirds reveal how they keep aloft for months at a time.
July 1, 2016 Wildlife Corridors - Wildlife corridors are needed to help organisms cope with climate change.
June 23, 2016 Birds, Litter, & Novelty - How do crows and other birds calculate the risks and benefits of human-dominated urban environments?
June 21, 2016 Manta Ray Homebodies - Oceanic manta rays don’t migrate long distances like other large sea creatures.
June 20, 2016 Snake Evolution - Some unrelated snake species have evolved major similarities even though they live halfway around the world from each other.
June 16, 2016 Glowing Slime - Glowing blue slime from the sea could be useful in biomedical research.
May 31, 2016 Harbor Porpoise Hunting - Harbor porpoises are championship hunters, eating nearly constantly day and night.
May 30, 2016 Rattlesnakes & Squirrels - Rattlesnake venom is more potent against local ground squirrels than those from other locales.
May 16, 2016 Ancient Florida - New evidence confirms that a prehistoric archaeological site in Florida is one of the continent’s oldest.
May 12, 2016 Aerodynamic Bat Ears - One bat species’ big ears may generate lift during flight.
May 9, 2016 Vampire Bat Calls - Vocal communication between vampire bats who know each other helps them survive when they don’t get enough to eat.
May 6, 2016 TB’s Unexpected Journey - Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to South Americans from Africa more than 1000 years ago.
April 14, 2016 Armadillo Vision - The armadillo’s poor eyesight is helping researchers understand the genes behind certain forms of blindness.
April 13, 2016 Half Earth - A famous biologist proposes protecting biodiversity by limiting the activities of Homo sapiens to just half the planet.