August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
Doing the right thing for right whales
The Government of Canada has issued a short-term, compulsory slowdown of ships measuring 20 metres or longer, in order to prevent North Atlantic right whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Chained to the rhythm
Learn about the sea salp, a jellyfish-like animal that forms chains with other sea salps, swimming in sync when facing predators or powerful currents and waves.
The bats and the bees
Using a high-tech scientific tool, a Halifax scientist hopes to successfully gather superbug-fighting antibiotics from colonies of bats and honeybees.
Join the club
Scorpion specialists have discovered three new species of club-tailed scorpions in tropical areas of the Americas.
Great white sharks in the Great White North
Great white sharks have recently appeared off the coast of Nova Scotia, an occurrence that may provide scientists with an opportunity to learn more about the predators’ mating habits.
Turn off the lights for pollination
Scientists have recently discovered that artificial lighting at night significantly decreases how often nocturnal pollinators visit flowers.
Exploding caterpillars — a phenomenon caused by a parasitic virus — have been discovered in the UK.
In order to measure stress-hormone levels in Asian elephants, researchers in India have been collecting, freeze-drying and analyzing elephant dung samples.
According to a recent study, trapdoor spider ancestors may have drifted across the Indian Ocean, from Africa to Australia.
There’s a grass snake in the grass
Researchers have come across a new grass snake species in the UK.