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Stories by Lynne Peeples

Manipulative meow: Cats learn to vocalize a particular sound to train their human companions

Although perhaps not as jolting as an alarm clock, a cat’s “soliciting purr” can still pry its owner from sleep. And, when sufficiently annoying, the sound may actually coerce them from bed to fill a food bowl. 

This particular meow mix—an embedding of her cat’s high-frequency natural cry within a more pleasant, low-frequency purr—often awakens Karen McComb, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Sussex in the U.K...

July 13, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Spotted owl recovery plan spotty, says new study

The 2008 recovery plan for the northern spotted owl is not likely to help the iconic species recover. In fact, the plan could substantially increase threats to the bird, according to a new study in the journal Conservation Biology ...

July 8, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Saving the environment from behind bars

Paid just 85 cents per hour, inmates at a Seattle-area prison provide a relatively inexpensive source of scientific labor. But who knew they could also grow frogs better than some traditional research facilities?...

July 6, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Celiac disease is on the rise

Frozen blood samples collected more than 50 years ago reveal that celiac disease, an intolerance to the wheat protein gluten, was less than a quarter as common then as it is today.

July 1, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

The secret right under our (bottle)noses: What dolphins can teach us about hydrodynamics

The flippers that some marine mammals use to glide underwater have a lot in common with the wings of passenger jets and fighter planes.

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Duke University, West Chester University and the United States Naval Academy recently found out just how similar the manmade wings and marine mammal flippers are by testing scale models in a water tunnel...

June 29, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Cancer joins threats to wildlife

Cancer's assault on humans and pets is well known. But how often does the disease prey on animals in the wild? Nobody knows for sure, but the evidence of trouble is growing.

June 24, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Following the Money

Where do the billions in global health funds come from, and where do they go?

June 19, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Snakes rattle war-torn Iraq

Venom has now joined violence on Iraq’s danger list.

As the country’s waterways run dry, snakes are moving into human territory, The Independent reported yesterday...

June 16, 2009 — Lynne Peeples
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