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Elephants imitate truck noises, other animals

...ct mimic for the chirp-like calls of his long-time zoo mates. The chirps are made by Asian elephants but not by African elephants. Calimero often mimicked the chirps but rarely made any other sounds. "Many species with similar social systems as elephants use vocal imitation to maintain individual-specif...

Elephants imitate sounds as a form of social communication

...ct mimic for the chirp-like calls of his long-time zoo mates. The chirps are made by Asian elephants but not by African elephants. Calimero often mimicked the chirps but rarely made any other sounds. "Many species with similar social systems as elephants use vocal imitation to maintain individual-specif...

Primate virus jumps species barrier to humans for first time in Asia

...es of people being infected, through laboratory or zoo contact, or through bushmeat hunting in Africa. There are no known cases of human disease yet. However, Jones-Engel and her fellow researchers warn that there are other primate viruses known to be harmful that could jump the species barrier. They do...

New book expands biological classifications to account for 'alien' life

...le new biology," Ward said. "There's going to be a zoo of aliens on Earth in the next two decades just from what we make." ...

Bringing the zoos to the zebras

... Earthwatch makes keepers better able to teach the zoo public about the ecological issues confronting Gre...forward to continuing our close collaboration with zoo personnel in the effort to improve awareness and management of life on Earth." As part of WildCare ...

Common practices at petting zoos put visitors at risk

...d an observational survey of visitors to a petting zoo at the 2005 South Carolina state fair. Despite th...imately 28% of people observed exiting the petting zoo did not wash their hands. In a similar survey, researchers from the Tennessee Department of Health ...

MIT engineers probe spiders' polymer art

...(She simply gathered some up from the grounds; the zoo does not exhibit golden orb spiders.) "This is pretty scary," he said. "I'd never seen a spider this big. I never grew up around anything with furry knuckles." But he quickly settled into dissecting the peanut-sized and -shaped protuberance on the...

Renewed dolphin slaughter prompts new campaign

...of Taiji and Futo, a consortium of scientists and zoo and aquarium professionals has launched a campaign to end the practices through public awareness and by appealing to the government of Japan to put an end to the hunts. The "Act for Dolphins" campaign--which includes members from The New York Aquariu...

Worms produce surprise insight into human fever

...ways as they came into direct contact with a small zoo of pathogenic microbes. The big surprise was the discovery that the HSF-1 pathway was required for C. elegans immunity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Yersinia pestis, and Enterococcus faecalis. It indicated that HSF-1 i...

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