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Veterinarians: mystery solved after Oklahoma city lioness grows mane

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Oklahoma News 4

Veterinarians at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens say they have solved the mystery after an 18-year-old African lioness grew a small mane. Male lions usually begin growing a mane when they are about 1-year-old, which is when they begin producing more testosterone. However, it is extremely rare for a female lion to grow a mane.

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Wildlife officers uncover ‘largest raptor poaching case in known California history’

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Los Angeles Times

A Northern California man shot more than 130 hawks and other legally protected birds of prey on his land, leaving the carcasses to pile up at the foot of trees and telephone poles, wildlife officials said Wednesday. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers believe the discovery near the rural town of Standish in Lassen County, on the border with Nevada, marks the largest poaching case involving raptors on record for the state

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Mapping the Genome Jungle: Unique Animal Traits Could Offer Insight into Human Disease

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Phys.org

From a bat’s wings to an elephant’s cancer resistance, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at University of Utah Health are using animals’ unique traits to pinpoint regions of the human genome that might affect health. The research team is turning their attention to the noncoding region of the mammalian genome.

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When It Comes to Counting Wildlife, Drones Are More Accurate Than People

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Smithsonian

Ecologists are increasingly using drones to gather data. Scientists have used remotely piloted aircraft to estimate the health of fragile polar mosses, to measure and predict the mass of leopard seals, and even to collect whale snot. Drones have also been labeled as game-changers for wildlife population monitoring. But once the take-off dust settles, how do we know if drones produce accurate data? Perhaps even more importantly, how do the data compare to those gathered using a traditional ground-based approach?

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Editorial: U.S.-Iran Science Exchange Threatened

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Editorial: U.S.-Iran science exchange threatened

Science

If the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal unravels, opportunities for scientific engagement between the two countries will decline to a very low level. Collaborations between American and Iranian scientists have produced advances in addressing stomach cancer, demonstrated progress in stem cell research, and shown how diversified use of limited water resources, adjustment of planting seasons, and introduction of new crops can help to cope with droughts.

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