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August 7, 2012
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  • Sea creatures may not have time to adapt to ocean acidification
    U.K. researchers have found that as carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions reacts with ocean water, the ocean is becoming more acidic, making it harder for some sea creatures to extract calcium carbonate from the water to construct their shells. The animals studied -- clams, sea snails, lampshells and sea urchins -- are crucial links in the food web that includes humans, and researchers are concerned that any changes to their stability could have consequences for the entire ecosystem. (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spotted coats may be evolutionary insect repellent
    The patterned coats of many ungulates, including zebras and cows, may have developed to deter insects, according to evolutionary biologist Zen Faulkes, who cites two studies to support the idea. The tabanid, a type of fly, sees polarized light, and a coat with spots may alter the way the insect sees that light, dissuading it from landing on the animal, Faulkes explains. The smaller the dots and the more intricate the pattern, the greater the repellant effect. News blog (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teen cancer patient cheered by 3,000 cats
    After 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem underwent a bone marrow transplant, she was in isolation for a month and said she especially missed her cat, Merry. Staff at Seattle Children's Hospital put out a Facebook request for cat photos and received 3,000 responses. They used the pictures to create a slideshow complete with a purring soundtrack so Sockemtickem could have the next best thing to her pet. CNN/The Chart blog (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterinarian-founded supplier sees rebound in pet market
    MWI Veterinary Supply, founded in 1976 by veterinarian Millard Wallace Ickes, has become a successful veterinary supply source in the U.S. and also does business in the U.K. MWI has observed an upturn in the companion animal market and consumer confidence, according to Chief Financial Officer Mary Pat Thompson, which translates to more business for veterinarians. Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa) (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. county reconsiders pit bull ban
    Residents of Miami-Dade County, Fla., will vote Aug. 14 on whether to reverse the county's ban on owning pit bulls. The state prohibits such bans, but the county's rule, sparked by the mauling of a 7-year-old girl, was grandfathered in. According to an AVMA report, pit bulls are no more likely to bite than other breeds. Rather, it is mistreatment by owners that causes problems. "It is difficult to support the targeting of this breed as a basis for dog bite prevention," the report concludes. The Miami Herald/The Associated Press (free registration) (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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