Re-creating live-animal markets in the lab lets researchers see how pathogens like coronavirus jump species

Nobody yet knows for sure the definitive origins of the newly recognized coronavirus now known as 2019-nCoV that’s currently spreading across the globe as a human respiratory pathogen. Early reports indicate that the source of the virus was the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, where an eclectic mix of animals including rodents, rabbits, bats…

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and suffer no ill effects. Woodpeckers are found in forested areas worldwide, except in Australia. These birds have the unusual…

You can leave water out for wildlife without attracting mosquitoes, if you take a few precautions

Australia is in for a long, hot summer. The recent bushfires have been devastating for communities and wildlife. Drought is also impacting many regions. Understandably, people want to leave water out for thirsty birds and animals. Health authorities generally warn against collecting and storing water in backyards as one measure to protect against mosquito bites…