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Panda poo, ants and slugs could be key to the green fuel of tomorrow

(Aarhus University) Researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, have found bacterial colonies in panda poo that can readily break down lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol, lactate and hydrogen. Combining engineering and biology the researchers aim to exploit the microbial culture and create green, sustainable bioethanol in a new biomimicry research project, that will also take a closer look at slug intestines and leafcutter ants.

Red pandas are actually 2 separate species

Quite possibly the cutest animal in the world is actually two different species, researchers have discovered. The bushy-tailed red panda that lives in the high forests of Asia is already endangered, and this new discovery may make conservation efforts even…

Quick-thinking staff save zoo animals from wildfire in Australia

[embedded content] Fires continue to rage across Australia in one of the worst wildfire seasons the country has seen in a decade. The fires have burned more than 8.9 million acres in the eastern state of New South Wales alone,…

Why are giant pandas born so tiny?

(Duke University) Born pink, blind, and helpless, giant pandas typically weigh about 100 grams at birth — the equivalent of a stick of butter. Their mothers are 900 times more massive than that. That raises a question that has vexed biologists: why the disparity? No one knows the answer, but by comparing bone growth across newborn bears, dogs and other animals, scientists find that one idea doesn’t hold up.

Americans say bye-bye to Bei Bei the panda

Giant panda Bei Bei eats bamboo at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Goodbye, Bei Bei! The giant panda Americans watched grow over the past four years has left the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in…

To save biodiversity, scientists suggest ‘mega-conservation’

(S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University) While the conservation of charismatic creatures like pandas, elephants and snow leopards are important in their own right, there may be no better ecological bang-for-our-buck than a sound, science-based effort to save widespread keystone systems. And the majestic aspens could be a perfect start for such an endeavor.

Top 5 Asian Animals | BBC Earth

From clueless yet adorable pandas to majestic eagles and powerful tigers, we have a wealth of incredible animals to choose from here at BBC Earth. Here are our favourite Asian animal moments.Subscribe: http://bit.ly/BBCEarthSub Watch more:Planet Earth http://bit.ly/PlanetEarthPlaylistBlue Planet http://bit.ly/BluePlanetPlaylistPlanet Earth…

How to share Earth with other animals

Earth is a big place, but size isn’t everything. The planet’s richest ecosystems are in rapid decline, forcing us to acknowledge the elephant in the room: Elephants, along with countless other creatures worldwide, are running out of room. Habitat loss…

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Microbes make chemicals for scent marking in a cat

Domestic cats, like many other mammals, use smelly secretions from anal sacs to mark territory and communicate with other animals. A new study shows that many odiferous compounds from a male cat are actually made not by the cat, but by a community of bacteria living in the anal sacs.