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Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

Extremely fast dives help peregrine falcons manoeuvre to catch agile prey

MPLS Zoology

Using detailed computer simulations, Oxford University research has revealed why falcons dive at their prey using the same steering laws as man-made missiles.

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Citizen science Engineering Public Engagement Zoology

Researchers from Engineering Science, Zoology and Kew Gardens have developed a way of alerting people to the presence of mosquitoes with an app that detects their distinctive buzz.

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

Deep-sea wildlife more vulnerable to extinction than first thought

MPLS Zoology

We have only known about the existence of the unusual yeti crabs (Kiwaidae) - a family of crab-like animals whose hairy claws and bodies are reminiscent of the abominable snowman - since 2005, but already their future survival could be at risk.

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction

Research Zoology

A new study has confirmed that the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined by 72% during a five-year period. The population represents the last remaining leopards in all of eastern Indochina – a region incorporating Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Antarctic penguin hotspot discovery fuels need for marine reserve

Antarctic penguin hotspot discovery fuels need for marine reserve

Research Zoology

Scientists have discovered a thriving colony of more than 1.5 million penguins on the Danger Islands in the Weddell Sea, East Antarctic Peninsula, where the impacts of climate change have not yet been felt and there is little human activity.

Global use of mosquito nets for fishing is potential threat to both humans and nature

Global use of mosquito nets for fishing is potential threat to both humans and nature

Research Zoology

The first-ever global assessment, involving researchers from the Department of Zoology, reveals the full scale of the practice and calls for collaborative solutions.

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

The Bacterial Game of Thrones

MPLS Zoology

Much like animals and to a degree humans, bacteria enjoy a good fight. They stab, shove and poison each other in pursuit of the best territory. While this much is clear, little is known about the tactics and strategy that bacteria use during their miniature wargames.

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

Wild Sri Lankan Elephants retreat from sound of Asian honey bees

MPLS Zoology

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts.

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Red-bellied lemurs maintain gut health through touching and ‘huddling’

Research Zoology

Scientists have found a direct link between physical contact and gut bacteria in red-bellied lemurs. Likely passed through ‘huddling’ behaviour and touch, the findings suggest implications for human health.

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

Replicating peregrine falcon attack strategies could help down rogue drones

MPLS Zoology

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.

Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds

Migration makes breeding harder for seabirds

MPLS Research Zoology

An international collaboration has for the first time revealed the key drivers of seabird migration. The new study suggests that puffin colonies that travel great distances during the winter often find it more difficult to breed than others, and that escaping your habitat with far-flung migration therefore carries a cost.

It’s (not) complicated: relationships may be simpler than they seem

It’s (not) complicated: relationships may be simpler than they seem

Research Zoology

New Oxford University research has shed light on the complexities involved in forming social bonds, and suggests that the process is much simpler than first thought.

Aliens may be more like us than we think

Aliens may be more like us than we think

MPLS Zoology

Hollywood films and science fiction literature fuel the belief that aliens are monster-like beings, who are very different to humans. But new research suggests that we could have more in common with our extra-terrestrial neighbours, than initially thought.

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

Chimpanzees shown spontaneously 'taking turns' to solve number puzzle

Research Zoology

A new study from Kyoto and Oxford universities and Indianapolis Zoo has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns to complete a number sequencing task.

How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth's Species

How 14 Billion Dollars Protected Earth's Species

MPLS Zoology

Billions of dollars of financial investment in global conservation has significantly reduced biodiversity loss, according to new Oxford University research.

Silk could be used to repair damaged spinal cords

Silk could be used to repair damaged spinal cords

MPLS Zoology

Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used in a strategy to repair damaged spinal cords, according to scientists from the universities of Aberdeen and Oxford...

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

British birds adapt their beaks to birdfeeders

Research Zoology

Certain British birds have evolved longer beaks than other species, and new research suggests that our fondness for feeding them may be the reason why.

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