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Callum Roberts: ‘Sharks do bite people, they do kill people, but it’s more error than intention’

Callum Roberts is professor of marine conservation at York University and was chief scientific adviser on Blue Planet 2. His new book, Reef Life, details a life spent in the oceans studying the marine ecosystem. How was your first dive?It…

Senior dogs and veterans are better together

Greg Brabaw and Pops enjoy a sunny moment together. (Photo: Mike Walzak/Vet Friends Foundation) A longtime Marine in Vietnam, Detroit veteran Greg Brabaw was living at home with no family and few friends when someone reached out to the Vet…

Can a glut of fake horns save real rhinos?

Soon, anyone looking to buy a rhino horn on the black market will have a new problem on their hands. How to tell a real horn from a fake. In a bid to save the imperiled rhino, scientists have designed…

These birds prove you don't need a big brain for a complex social life

Birds can form complex, multilevel societies, a new study finds, a feat previously known only in humans and certain other big-brained mammals, including some of our fellow primates as well as elephants, dolphins and giraffes. This challenges the idea that…


Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike

Researchers have developed a novel way of predicting lightning strikes to the nearest 10 to 30 minutes and within a radius of 30 kilometers. The system uses a combination of standard data from weather stations and artificial intelligence.

What you don’t know about these cute animals could harm you (video)

(American Chemical Society) Don’t let their cuteness fool you — these animals are not to be messed with. This week on Reactions we break down the chemistry behind what makes these adorable critters deadly:

Emperor penguins could go extinct by 2100 if we fail on climate change – New Scientist News

By Adam Vaughan Antarctic sea ice loss poses an existential threat to emperor penguins Stephanie Jenouvrier – WHOI Unchecked climate change could drive emperor penguins to extinction by the end of the century as sea ice vanishes. But if the…


Mammals’ complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we’re learning how they evolved

Mammals’ backbones are weird. They’re much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first place. They discovered that the process was marked by big, dramatic evolutionary changes, and that it’s linked to mammals being active animals with high metabolisms.


Liver-chip identifies drug toxicities in human, rat, and dog models

Liver toxicity is a big problem in the drug, food, and consumer products industries, especially because results in animal models fail to predict how chemicals will affect humans. A new Liver-Chip successfully predicts how different drugs impact rat, dog, and human models, and could help get the most effective drugs to patients faster.