Month: December 2018

Spot (or hear) the vole – in the snow

He’s spotted you. Most of us would never expect the weasel to change colour like the stoat/ermine in our milder winters, but in Siberia, here is Mustela nivalis showing his true hard winter colours! Weasel image; Credit: © Shutterstock From the snowshoe hare and the lynx to the spider and the fly, predator prey relationships Read More

U-M Pathologist: Why We Need You to Donate Blood Now

A nationwide blood shortage may be preventing health care centers from providing certain surgeries or optimal care for some critical patients. The act of giving blood is quick, relatively painless and can offer a crucial lifeline to a person in need. MORE FROM MICHIGAN: Sign up for our weekly newsletter A nationwide blood shortage, however, Read More

Pesticides threaten social, ecological aspect of ant hunting in Brazil

The Queen Ant is generally considered the mother of all ants. This is the term given to the adult reproducing ant that usually has given birth to all the other ants in the colony. But in Brazil the Queen Ant or the içás is much more than just the flag bearer of the colony. A Read More

3 Easy Anxiety Relief Exercises You Can Use Anywhere

Anxiety affects everyone to some degree. Consider these quick coping mechanisms when it surfaces. Have you ever found yourself ruminating endlessly about something from your past or in your future, leading you to feel tense, nervous, apprehensive or stressed? If so, you may have experienced anxiety. MORE FROM MICHIGAN: Sign up for our weekly newsletter Read More

New population of the Endangered Andean cat discovered

An elusive species of feline has been discovered to inhabit a much bigger range than was ever previously imagined. The rare and enigmatic Andean cat (Leopardus jacobita) was once thought to be confined to the higher elevations of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. However, a new survey, carried out by the Read More

Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? Get More Sleep

Whether your goal is to hit a new fitness milestone, eat right or earn a promotion this year, sleep is the first step to success. Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them — beyond a couple of weeks, at least — is tough. One big factor that affects whether the commitment sticks: sleep. MORE FROM Read More

Gibbon-speak is real language.

Hylobates lar is the lar or white-handed gibbon, here bored stiff in a zoo. At least Wisconsin Zoo served as a portal into the life and language of the wild gibbon community. The communication skills needed there are probably less than in the canopy, except for that python in the cage next door! Lar gibbon Read More

Panic Attack vs. Anxiety Attack: 6 Things to Know

Feelings of fear, dread or unease can be paralyzing. Identifying your symptoms — and knowing help is available — is key to recovery. When you feel a sudden rush of nerves or high emotion, it’s likely that your body responds in turn. Sweating, shakiness or feelings of nausea, among other things, might occur. MORE FROM Read More

Shark self-conservation

This is the living pup of the brown-banded bamboo shark. Produced after its mother maintained spermatozoa for 4 years, this individual proves that shark conservation has additional help for much-needed success, at least in some species.Bamboo shark image; Credit: © California Academy of Sciences The list of threatened species on Earth contains so many sharks Read More

Why You Really Shouldn’t Use a Q-Tip to Clean Your Ears

New guidelines for physicians and patients outline the do’s and don’ts of ear care. Listen up for what you need to know. You’ve likely heard it before: Don’t stick anything in your ear smaller than your elbow. Dig around with a cotton swab, and you’ll put yourself at risk for earwax impaction, and other potentially Read More