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New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.

Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals

New research shows that mice and voles scurry to bear scats to forage for seeds, finding nutritional value in the seeds and in some cases further dispersing them.

New blood test reveals susceptibility to costly disease in dairy cows

Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis.

Paying communities for forest management activities supports social relationships

New research shows that paying communities in Mexico to conserve and manage their jointly-owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well.

Honeybees prioritize well-fed larvae for emergency queen-rearing, study finds

New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.

Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems

Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Desert bighorn sheep are crossing Interstate 40 in California

Desert bighorn sheep are able to climb steep, rocky terrain with speed and agility. New research shows that they can cross a four-lane highway.

OSU-invented silicone wristbands improve detection of environmental pollutants

A new OSU study shows that chemical-absorbing wristbands are very good at linking external chemical exposure—the substances that go into a person’s body—with the chemicals formed inside the body itself as it metabolizes these “parent” pollutants.  

Free range or cage free? Corvallis Science Pub looks at how eggs are produced.

Whether scrambled, fried or baked in a cake, eggs are a mainstay in homes and restaurants, but in recent years, the industry has seen major changes in production practices. At the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4, James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs.

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