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Rats: our urban neighbors

Michael Parsons studies rats in cities. Most people find rats yucky, so why would anyone want to study them? Lab logo. Image courtesy of Michael Parsons. One reason is that rats cause billions of dollars a year in damage through loss of food, starting fires…

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Could vaccines help endangered wildlife?

What’s the story? Humans create vaccines to help defend ourselves against diseases like rabies, influenza, and coronavirus. We also use vaccines to help protect our pets and livestock – cows, sheep, goats – from disease. Could we use vaccines to help endangered wildlife, too? Scientists…

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Nice to see you, babirusa!

This is Buru Island, a small island in Indonesia: The island of Buru in Indonesia. Image by Urmas/Wikimedia Commons. Buru Island is home to many types of animals. One of these, the hairy babirusa, is known to locals, who sometimes spot it in the forest.…

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Some bees drink sweat and tears

Bee news update! In India, a type of bee belonging to a group called Lisotrigona has been observed feeding on something that might seem a little unusual: the sweat and tears of humans. This feeding behavior has a special name: Feeding on sweat is called…

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