What noise does it make, this humanity?

2023-01-24T22:24:37+01:0024 January 2023|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , |

La nostra specie è abbastanza famosa perché inquina. Inquinamento chimico, luminoso e… acustico! E’ noto che i rumori che produciamo possano disturbare gli altri animali, sia sulla terraferma che in mare, ma un recente studio dell’Università di Bristol nel Regno Unito dimostra come queste interferenze sonore impattino pesantemente sulla comunicazione degli animali marini. Il traffico delle navi, i cantieri navali in costruzione e molte altre fonti di rumore antropiche provocano di fatto un ruggito continuo sott'acqua che va a interferire con la vita di queste specie. In realtà non esiste l’assoluto silenzio in natura, men che meno negli oceani: [...]

Roommates and quarantine companions

2021-07-02T16:56:46+02:002 July 2021|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , |

One of the aspects that we miss most in this quarantine is certainly the social one. Video calls partially compensate for this lack, but presence and physical contact are essential. For example for whom, come me, he was two weeks in self-isolation, as returning from abroad, the amazement for the three-dimensionality of loved ones was certainly impressive. A small consolation is that, in addition to our family members, companions and pets, at home we are never alone. There are so many critters! Many of you would probably prefer solitude to the above. Unfortunately, however, you have to be realistic and learn [...]

Coronavirus and illegal animal trafficking.

2021-06-20T17:01:20+02:0020 June 2021|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , |

In this period, the eyes of the scientific community are on SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus of the ongoing pandemic. Recall that Coronavirus does not mean only SARS-CoV-2 which is triggering the COVID-19 pandemic, but a whole family of viruses: i “Coronaviridae”. In particular, scientists are also trying to reconstruct the path that the aforementioned virus followed, making the "leap of species". What is meant by "leap of species"? Scientifically termed CTS (Cross-Species Transmission), it is the phenomenon by which a virus introduces itself into an individual of a host species other than the one it usually infects, then succeeds in [...]

The aliens on earth: what are invasive species?

2021-07-15T20:05:31+02:0030 December 2018|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bedbugs between the curtains, in clothes, on the walls, it almost seems like an invasion. But where did they come from? And why there are so many? The insect that we seem to find everywhere is the marbled brown bug, Halyomorpha halys, and it is an invasive alien species. Nothing to do with spaceships and laser beams; these are insects that are not where they should be: they were imported into a new environment which they found favorable for survival and reproduction. Halyomorpha halys. Photo: Pixabay First of all, some clarity on the terms. A native species is a species present in the territory not [...]

Follow the trail: DNA barcoding

2017-07-12T17:27:45+02:0021 September 2015|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Ozzano dell’Emilia 16 of October 2015 ore 11.00, Aula Cugnini - Department of Veterinary Medicine (DIMEVET), Via Tolara di Sopra, 50 Ozzano dell’Emilia (BO) Minerva in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna (DIMEVET) , in occasione dell’European Biotech Week 2015, organize the meeting FOLLOW THE TRACK: DNA barcoding. The meeting is open and aimed at students of scientific faculties. […]

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