April roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in April 2017:
No fur, no oxygen, no problem!
Scientists recently discovered that naked mole rats can survive for up to 18 minutes without oxygen.
Pink Floyd’s newest member
To honour one of his favourite bands, a scientist has named a newly discovered shrimp species after Pink Floyd.
Lichenologists on a mission
A team of lichenologists may relocate a species of tree-covering lichen in coastal North Carolina to new habitat to save them from rising sea levels.
Shaken, not stirred
Australian marine biologists have discovered that dolphins shake and toss octopi before eating them.
Bee-ware of imports
The Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association warns against importing bees into the province, as out-of-province bees can pass fatal diseases onto local populations.
To figure out how forests will deal with rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, researchers in England are testing trees by surrounding them with masts that release high levels of the greenhouse gas.
The planet’s true first farmers
Believe it or not, humans weren’t the first species to farm — ants were. Researchers recently figured out how they became such crafty farmers.
Live long and prosper…with poop
Scientists have demonstrated that the lifespans of older fish can increase after eating microbes found in younger fishes’ feces.
Leading a high-carbon lifestyle
Did you know that whales, much like marine algae, play a vital role in absorbing carbon from our oceans?
An egg-citing discovery
A recent study reveals that, contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes don’t lay their eggs only in standing water, affecting how we control disease-carrying mosquito populations.