Tiger Engages In Cannibalism In India

If there is an animal that enjoys exemplary protection in India, it is the tiger, thanks to the Project Tiger program, considered the most ambitious and successful of all the world plans that try to save this species. Almost 60% of the Asian population of tigers are in India. They also enjoy popular fervor, so that every …

FDA Issues Warning On Sugar Substitute

Although it is obvious, it never hurts to carefully monitor the feeding of our pets. Now, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one must be particularly careful with a common sugar substitute found in numerous products. The warning focuses on xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the …

Worm Found That Can Break Glass With Its Sound

When we think of loud sounds, we imagine devices, speakers, sirens and drills – but never a small 29 mm worm, Leocratides kimuraorum, that lives in the sea. But when a team of marine biologists, led by Ryutaro Goto, measured the sounds produced by these worms, they discovered that they reached 157 decibels. A plane taking off, …

A Strange Infection Threatens The Reefs

At the beginning of the year, divers watching the coral reefs near St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, noticed alarming white lesions feeding on the colorful fabric of the labyrinthine corals of Flat Cay. They are injuries caused by a deadly disease that is expanding unstoppably across the Caribbean. A day after the observation of this …

New Reptile Species Discovered In The Belly Of A Dinosaur

A team of paleontologists, led by Jingmai O’Connor, has discovered a new dromeosaurid specimen, the Microraptor zhaoianus, with the remains of an almost complete reptile preserved in its stomach. The lizard is unlike any other known Cretaceous and represents a new species that the O’Connor team has christened Indrasaurus wangi in honor of Wang Yuan, a Chinese expert in the paleoherpetofauna. …

The Fear Of Snakes And Spiders Could Be Innate

Are we really afraid of these animals because culture and our environment have taught us to have it? Is it something that is born with us? Perhaps. At least that is the conclusion reached by a team from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, specializing in cognitive and brain sciences, which used the reactions of …

Why Are Some Eggs Circular And Some Rectangular?

The largest known insect egg is that of the Bolboleaus hiaticollis borer beetle. Its width is approximately the nail of a little finger. The smallest egg is attributed to the Platygaster vernalis wasp and measures half the width of the thinnest human hair recorded. A team of researchers from Harvard University have found eight different sizes of insect eggs and a …

Can Crocodiles Become Vegetarian?

Some extinct crocodiles were able to feed on vegetables, according to an analysis of fossil teeth published in Current Biology. In fact, herbivorous relatives of modern specimens evolved at least three times during the Mesozoic Era, which extended from approximately 252 million years ago to 66 million. The current crocodiles are predominantly carnivorous and, as such, their …

What Is The Impact Of Wood Products On Climate Change?

An analysis conducted in 180 countries found that wood products (all paper, wood, furniture and more) globally produced 335 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, of which 71 million tons were not accounted for according to current norms of the United Nations. The carbon sequestration of wood products could increase more than 100 million …