Biology http://wunc.org en Noted Biologist, Naturalist E.O. Wilson Releases Cutting-Edge iBook Textbook http://wunc.org/post/noted-biologist-naturalist-eo-wilson-releases-cutting-edge-ibook-textbook <p>Attention teachers and lifelong learners: noted naturalist and biologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson has a new product out that just might make you swoon. It's a gorgeous high-tech interactive textbook series with full-color photos, 3D animations and interviews with working scientists. It's aligned with educational standards and it's free.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:15:03 +0000 Carol Jackson 38182 at http://wunc.org Noted Biologist, Naturalist E.O. Wilson Releases Cutting-Edge iBook Textbook Enormous African Rats Detect Landmines Across The Continent http://wunc.org/post/enormous-african-rats-detect-landmines-across-continent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Most Americans think of rats as nuisances to be trapped and destroyed. But in Tanzania,</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">giant pouched rats use their acute sense of smell to detect landmines and other explosives. <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/">Dr. Danielle Lee</a> is an animal behavior scientist based at Oklahoma State University and she researches the African giant pouched rat.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:08:56 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31256 at http://wunc.org Enormous African Rats Detect Landmines Across The Continent N.C. Scientist Helps Discover New Carnivore In The Andes http://wunc.org/post/nc-scientist-helps-discover-new-carnivore-andes <p></p><p>A North Carolina scientist is part of a team that's made a big find: the first carnivore to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. &nbsp;</p><p>The new animal is called the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe). But for the longest time, olinguitos were thought to be olingos, small raccoon-like carnivores that live in the Andes Mountains.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:38:30 +0000 Sam Sanders 20855 at http://wunc.org N.C. Scientist Helps Discover New Carnivore In The Andes Meet The Olinguito, The Newest Member Of The Raccoon Family http://wunc.org/post/meet-olinguito-newest-member-raccoon-family Scientists have just solved a case of mistaken identity. It involves a creature that looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear, and it lives high up in the cloud forests of the Andes.<p>For over 100 years, scientists thought this animal was a well-known member of the raccoon family. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:54:00 +0000 editor 20854 at http://wunc.org Meet The Olinguito, The Newest Member Of The Raccoon Family What Makes Us Smile? http://wunc.org/post/what-makes-us-smile <p>Sure, it's more or less a given that we smile when we're happy and we smile when our picture is taken. &nbsp;But do we also smile automatically throughout the day when we make eye contact with strangers? &nbsp;How often do we smile in conversation?&nbsp; Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:51:26 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 19876 at http://wunc.org What Makes Us Smile? Frog Species Rapidly Disappearing From NC Piedmont http://wunc.org/post/frog-species-rapidly-disappearing-nc-piedmont <p>Southern cricket frogs are disappearing in the Piedmont of North Carolina at an alarming rate. Their disappearance mirrors a national trend that shows dwindling populations of all amphibians including other frog species, toads and salamanders. They play an important ecological role by feeding on pests and other insects.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:17:40 +0000 Catherine Brand 18796 at http://wunc.org Frog Species Rapidly Disappearing From NC Piedmont Are Chimps Interested In Social Networking? http://wunc.org/post/are-chimps-interested-social-networking <p>Online networking sites have become one of the primary ways humans forge connections with each another. Ian Gilby tells us that Gombe chimps might be just as interested in social networking as we are. He's been studying the ways chimpanzees form coalitions with one another in order to thrive and reproduce.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:37:02 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 8120 at http://wunc.org Are Chimps Interested In Social Networking? UNC Biologist Part of National Plant Study http://wunc.org/post/unc-biologist-part-national-plant-study <p>A biologist at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 15 scientists chosen to join a national plant research program. Dr. Jeff Dangl studies how plants recognize and respond to diseases. His research is part of a $75 million grant awarded last week by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dangl says the program has wide implications for human health and the environment.<br> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:45:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8546 at http://wunc.org