Eating omega-3 fat helps hibernating Arctic ground squirrels warm up during deep cold

Two wild arctic ground squirrels touch noses in the northern Brooks Range during summer. Credit: Rhiannan William By feeding arctic ground squirrels special diets, researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids, common in flax seed and fish oil, help keep the animals warmer in deep hibernation. A University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study fed ground squirrels […]

Megalodons gave birth to large newborns that likely grew by eating unhatched eggs in womb

IMAGE: Identified annual growth bands in a vertebra of the extinct megatooth shark Otodus megalodon along with hypothetical silhouettes of the shark at birth and death, each compared with size of… view more  Credit: DePaul University/Kenshu Shimada A new study shows that the gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years […]

Obesity, eating disorder disparities among sexual, gender minority children

What The Study Did: The likelihood of having obesity or eating disorders was compared between sexual and gender minority children ages 9 to 10 and other children in this study. Authors: Natasha A. Schvey, Ph.D., of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed […]

Research reveals unexpected insights into early dinosaur’s brain, eating habits and agility

IMAGE: Braincase and endocast of Thecodontosaurus antiquus. From CT scans of the braincase fossil, 3-D models of the braincase and the endocast were generated and studied. view more  Credit: Created by Antonio Ballell with BioRender.com, Thecodontosaurus silhouette from PhyloPic.org. A pioneering reconstruction of the brain belonging to one of the earliest dinosaurs to roam the Earth […]

Gifts to make eating at home feel like dining out

Dining in doesn’t have to be so drab. (Jessica FadelUnsplash/) In these humdrum at-home pandemic days, scarfing out of a pizza box or slurping wonton soup from a plastic container is the closest most of us get to a safe restaurant experience. But sometimes you need to spruce things up. Dressing up the table, stretching […]

Eating less suppresses liver cancer due to fatty liver

IMAGE: 30% dietary restriction suppresses liver tumors from fatty liver. view more  Credit: Naoki Tanaka, Research Center for Social Systems, Shinshu University, Japan Liver cancer from too much fat accumulation in the liver has been increasing in many countries including Japan. In order to change this unfortunate state of affairs, it is important to improve the […]

Zombie Diet: 10 Real-Life Examples of Humans Eating Humans

In any zombie horror story, the undead human corpses roam the world in their hunt for human flesh. Now, we know zombies aren’t real, but human cannibalism is far from fictional. Here are 10 real-life examples of human flesh-eaters that are just about as horrifying as zombies. 1. Our prehistoric ancestors Cannibalism goes way, way […]

DNA in fringe-lipped bat feces reveals unexpected eating habits — ScienceDaily

Feces is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive tracts and comes out again. Feces contains very precise information about the prey species consumed. At the Smithsonian […]

DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

Hypothesized approach of a sleeping white-necked jacobin, Florisuga mellivora, by the fringe-lipped bat, Trachops cirrhosus. Credit: Amy Koehler Poop is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive […]