Unlikely food source may be behind moose success at Voyageurs Park
Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?A team of wolf researchers, which has been painstakingly documenting every summertime kill and meal for wolves in the park, believes ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Northwest's small pig farmers face promise and perils amid the coronavirus pandemic
KINGSTON, Wash. — On a visit to Tania Issa’s farm, you won’t find any pink-skinned pigs reared to produce the lean “other white meat” once touted in pork industry advertising campaigns.She raises Mangalitsas, an eastern European breed that sport startling coats of red, black and blonde wool. They yield richly colored meat marbled with a creamy white fat. They are free to ramble around much of her family’s 23-acre property and supplement their daily rations of barley, wheat and field peas by munching on blackberry brambles, Scotch broom and bugs dug out of the earth.Issa and other small Washing...
The Seattle Times
Erika Ettin: Women more likely to swipe left on men with cats … fur real
It turns out that your beloved kitty does not make the purr-fect dating profile picture.There have been countless studies on what makes people more attractive in their online dating profiles, but new research from Colorado State University suggests that men should leave their pet cats out of their photos if they want to increase their “date-ability.”The study was fairly simple: two men were photographed both with and without a cat in their arms, and 708 women between ages 18 and 24 were asked a series of questions regarding the subjects’ attractiveness.For the first man, 38% of the women surve...
Tribune News Service
'Everything we did was to predict the next outbreak.' Yet scientists weren't prepared for COVID-19. Why?
CHICAGO — More than a decade ago, a center was founded at Northwestern University as a rapid-response operation against infectious disease.But its work was sporadic — a boom when epidemics like MERS hit, a bust when they were under control. Some promising drugs never made it out of the laboratory as funding waned.Now, researchers with the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases are rushing to find an effective treatment for COVID-19, making up for lost time against a disease that has already killed more than 315,000 people around the world, including about 90,000 in the United St...