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Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

A Marmoset monkey used in animal testing

Cruel Lab Experiments Inflict Monkey Madness

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL TESTING) Last month, PETA released a horrific video of the psychological damage purposely inflicted on baby monkeys through experiments by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These monkeys are taken from their mothers and subjected to maternal deprivation, traumatic psychological experiments, and social isolation. Up to 60 monkeys are bred each year for […]

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It is not uncommon for pet guardians to resemble their pet dog. Photo credit:

Why Do People Look Like Their Pets?

(DOGS/PETS) Ever wonder why your best friend resembles her pet poodle? Or why people keep saying you and your cat look alike? Whether you want to admit it or not, there’s a good chance you and your pet resemble each other. In the article below, Sadahiko Nakajima, a psychologist from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, […]

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Bayer Pesticide Proves Bee-Killing Culprit?

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Don’t be fooled by their sting! Honeybees are a lot sweeter than you think—they play a vital role in pollinating crops that provide the food we eat. Researchers have isolated the chemical found in certain pesticides that destroy the honeybee population, and beekeepers around the country are taking a stand against big-name […]

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“Harry Potter” Wasps: Real Life Dementors?

(INSECTS/NEW SPECIES) The newest species of wasp discovered in Thailand received it’s official name after the Natural History Museum in Berlin hosted a public vote. The name Ampulex dementor, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “dementor” characters in the Harry Potter series was chosen to reflect the wasps’ practice of sucking the life out of cockroaches, much like the dementors […]

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Over 300 red deer were tracked by scientists using GPS equipped collars. Photo Credit: AP

Oh Deer! Wildlife Stuck In The Past, Separated By Cold War

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) It seems Vladimir Putin isn’t the only one still stuck in the past. Red deer living on the outskirts of the Czech Republic and former West Germany refuse to cross the border, despite the lack of a physical barrier. During the Cold War, an electrified fence divided old West Germany and then-Czechoslovakia, keeping […]

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Pine martens are considered to be Ireland's rarest native mammal. Photo Credit: BBC

Squirrel Scientists Go Nuts For Rare Master Photobomber

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE) IRELAND — Scientists in Northern Ireland are pleasantly surprised to find that country’s rarest mammal has been photobombing their research. While the survey was intended for the Fermanagh red squirrel—who, like the pine marten, is also an endangered and protected species in the UK—the pine marten’s persistent photobombing influenced the scientists to now include […]

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Azara's owl monkeys are faithful to their partners. Photo Credit: C. Valeggia/Owl Monkey Project, Formosa-Argentina

Some Monkeys Don’t Monkey Around

(FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) When it comes to fidelity, most mammals don’t fit the bill of the model mate. But then again, most mammals aren’t the Azara’s owl monkey. In a world where 90 percent of mammals have multiple partners and cheating is common among all species, the Azara’s owl monkey bucks the trend by […]

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Monkeys and other primates are shipped from across the world to endure experimentation, including the injection of harmful chemicals. Photo Credit: PETA

Odds Stacked Against Animals In Research Facilities

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RESEARCH) With help from the University of California, San Diego, PETA recently found that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees’ (IACUC) board is dominated by animal researchers. To make matters worse, the board is more inclined to mercilessly use animals for experiments rather than resort to more efficient, humane alternatives to animal […]

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