Omicron Doesn’t Affect the Lungs So Well, Animal Studies Find

A series of recent studies in laboratory animals and human tissues provide the first clues as to why the Omicron variant causes milder illness than previous versions of the coronavirus. In studies on mice and hamsters, Omicron produced less harmful infections that are usually largely confined to the upper respiratory tract: the nose, throat, and …

‘Koala Massacre’: Australia Files Hundreds of Animal Cruelty Charges

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian landowner and two companies were hit on hundreds of animal cruelty charges after a land clearing operation killed 70 koalas last year, in an episode that one lawmaker described as a “massacre”. Authorities discovered dozens of dead, injured or starving koalas on private property in Cape Bridgewater, southwest Victoria, in …

How Is the Animal World Adapting to Climate Change?

Take, for example, the so-called escalator to extinction, a phenomenon as sad as it is insidious. Like all land-dwelling species, temperature and humidity patterns change with altitude. On a warming planet, these animals and plants, which have adapted to certain altitudes, are forced to ascend to higher altitudes until they reach the top and disappear …

How Did Covid Misinformation Create a Run in Animal Medicine?

Ruth Jeffers, owner of pet supplies retailer Jeffers, said on her website this year that ivermectin paste is out of stock. After restocking with more expensive versions, these tubes are also out of stock. So this spring, it limited new customers to five tubes. Partly on demand, it raised the prices of its cheapest option, …

Human and Animal Hunters Together in the Scottish Highlands

ONE TIME THERE Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy In “Once Upon a Wolves,” the sequel to her debut novel in 2020, “migrationsAccompanied by another brave and damaged protagonist, Australian writer Charlotte McConaghy returns to familiar areas of environmental disaster, buried trauma, the wonder of the natural world. Inti Flynn, who describes herself as “a grumpy Australian …

Sponge-like Fossils May Be the Oldest Animal Ever Found, or Just

A spongy structure discovered in 890-million-year-old rock unearthed in Canada’s Northwest Territories may be the oldest known fossilized animal body, according to a study that will add to the longstanding debate about the planet’s oldest animal life. In An article published Wednesday in the journal NatureElizabeth Turner, a geologist at Laurentian University in Ontario, described …

Animal Shocks, Lobotomies, and Other Stories of Bad Science

ICEPICK SURGERYMurder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy and Other Horrible Acts in the Name of Scienceby Sam Kean Here’s something you probably didn’t learn in your school’s history classes: The great Thomas Edison and his colleagues were involved in the killing of 44 dogs, six calves, and two horses in their attempt to portray changing current technology …