Photo by SARhounds.
- Big-beaked hornbills have short little tongues, so they feed by scooping up food in their beaks, and then tossing it back with a shake of their heads in a "ballistic" feeding maneuver. (NeroDojo)
- Species at low levels of the food chain seem to be shifting their seasonal habits to compensate for climate change more rapidly than species at higher levels. (Conservation Magazine)
- A new survey estimates that, in one upstate New York county, 45,000 mammals are road-killed every year. (Conservation Magazine, again)
- Conservation plans focused on carbon-sequestering regions would probably also preserve a lot of biodiversity – but they'd also miss some critical diversity hotspots. (Conservation Maven)
- Two variants of a gene involved in muscle development are correlated with the performance of thoroughbred racehorses. (Living the Scientific Life)
- Two genes have been identified that seem to be associated with stuttering. Curiously, they both code for proteins involved in a cellular process that doesn't have any obvious connection to speech. (Imagining Geek)