Hobby drones, repurposed as peacekeepers, save Elephants

A study published in the journal Oryx finds off-the-shelf drones can be used to guard crops and keep elephants safe along the borders of Tanzanian parks.


Black soldier fly as dietary protein source for broiler quails: apparent digestibility, excreta microbial load, feed choice, performance, carcass and meat traits

Photo credit: Antonella Dalle Zotte The animal article of the month for December is Black soldier fly as dietary protein source for broiler quails: apparent digestibility, excreta microbial load, feed choice, performance, carcass and meat traits‘.…


Cambodia’s Bengal Floricans Threatened by Planned Power Line Development

A proposed power transmission line at the edge of the Tonle Sap Floodplain Protected Landscape (TSFPL), which might be constructed as early as next year, would pose a new threat to the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican.


Two glaciers collapse in western Tibet

A glacier near Lake Aru in western Tibet collapsed on 17 July 2016. Now the Journal of Glaciology publishes the first scientific account of this cryospheric disaster in which nine local yak herders were killed. Eyewitnesses reported that the episode lasted only four to five minutes. More than 70 million cubic metres of ice tumbled down a mountain valley, spreading over a distance of 6 kilometres onto the lowland below.


Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates: The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “Origin of a major infectious disease in vertebrates: The timing of Cryptosporidium evolution and its hosts” by Juan C.…


Intel’s Carolyn Duran stays the course toward conflict-free minerals

Because of its high strength and favorable dielectric properties, tantalum has become an invaluable material to the microelectronics industry. That value, unfortunately, has not been lost on rebel militias in the heart of Africa, where the extraction of the lustrous metal has become a deadly means for financing civil war.


Which behaviours and symptoms are the most distressing for family carers of people with dementia?

The November International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “A systematic review of the relationship between behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) and caregiver well-being” by Alexandra Feast, Esme Moniz-Cook, Charlotte Stoner, Georgina Charlesworth, Martin Orrell.…


Locals positive towards tigers and conservation measures

A wildlife corridor facilitates tiger movement without the locals suffering, a new study published in Oryx shows.