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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Clever Ants Have Backup Navigation Systems

An ant walking in the desert can gauge distance by footsteps and the sun's position, but an ant being carried can estimate distance by visual information perceived as it passed by.  

September 22, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Road Noise Makes Birds' Lives Tougher

By playing road noise where there was no road, researchers were able to gauge the effect of the noise on bird behavior without having to deal with the effect of the road itself.  

September 13, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Pigeon Pb Proxies Could Cut Kids' Blood Tests

In neighborhoods where kids have an increased chance of exposure to toxic lead, pigeons also have higher blood lead levels—making the birds potential proxies for risk assessment.

August 15, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Cut Road Deaths with Mountain Lions

Reintroducing mountain lions to the eastern U.S. could save human lives and reduce injuries by lowering deer populations and preventing car–deer collisions. 

August 1, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

What Makes Spiders Scary

Scientists hope to learn whether arachnophobes' perception of spiders as larger than actual size causes their fear—or whether it is the fearfulness itself that causes their visual misperception.

July 12, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Jason G. Goldman

Wildlife Can Bear with Hunters and Hikers

A new study suggests the best predictor of wildlife abundance in public lands is not human activity, but factors like forest connectivity and nearby housing density. Jason G. Goldman reports.

July 8, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Mongooses Pile on Warthogs--to Groom Them

In the first known example of a mutualistic relationship between two mammal species in which neither is a primate, mongooses feast on ticks and other parasites infesting warthogs.  

June 21, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

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