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Cover of <em>Pests</em>
Book Excerpt from Pests
In a chapter on cats, author Bethany Brookshire explores the thorny issue of felines that live freely.
Book Excerpt from Pests
Book Excerpt from Pests

In a chapter on cats, author Bethany Brookshire explores the thorny issue of felines that live freely.

In a chapter on cats, author Bethany Brookshire explores the thorny issue of felines that live freely.

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Cover of <em>Pests.</em>
Opinion: Are Cats Friends or Fiends?
Bethany Brookshire | Nov 14, 2022 | 4 min read
In Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains, I explore what it is that makes an animal a pest—and it has nothing to do with their behavior, but rather our own desires and beliefs about the natural world.
Small group of Scimitar-horned oryx
Tool Identifies Likely Reservoir Species for SARS-CoV-2
Emma Yasinski | Nov 16, 2021 | 4 min read
Researchers used sequencing data and phenotypic traits to predict which of 5,400 species were most likely to be susceptible to contracting and spreading the virus back to humans.
Gilead Urged to Explore Remdesivir Relative as COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Aug 11, 2020 | 2 min read
Citizen advocates push the pharmaceutical company to examine a compound that has been used to treat certain coronavirus infections in cats.
Image of the Day: Black Cats
Emily Makowski | Dec 19, 2019 | 2 min read
Melanism in felines is both helpful and harmful.
cat paw
China’s First Cloned Kitten, Garlic
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 6, 2019 | 3 min read
Owner Huang Yu dug up his deceased cat to give its cells to the pet-cloning company Sinogene.
a kitten in a cage
Termination of USDA’s Toxoplasmosis Lab Concerns Parasitologists
Shawna Williams | Apr 10, 2019 | 2 min read
Some researchers say the abrupt end of the program will hobble the fight against a common parasite.
cat tracking device movement data biomechanics accelerometer wildlife
Image of the Day: Cat Trackers
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 6, 2019 | 1 min read
Researchers in Australia are capturing movement data by fitting cats with accelerometers and sending them outdoors.
Cats recognize their names
Cats Perk Up at the Sound of Their Own Names
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 5, 2019 | 2 min read
The familiar word elicits a twitch of the ears or swish of the tail, suggesting felines can distinguish their names from other words.
Photos of the Year
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 21, 2018 | 2 min read
From 500-million-year-old fat to a newly discovered virus, here are some stunners from The Scientist in 2018.
Wild Cat Conservationist Alan Rabinowitz Dies
Ashley Yeager | Aug 8, 2018 | 3 min read
The “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection” helped established nature preserves around the world.
Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat
The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat.
Animals Start New Lives After Time in the Lab
Ashley Yeager | Mar 16, 2018 | 5 min read
Scientists and others have been opening their homes to research animals after the studies conclude, with legislation in some states now mandating adoption.
Cave Creature Genitalia, Other Weird Discoveries Net 2017 Ig Nobels
Shawna Williams | Sep 15, 2017 | 2 min read
In one winning paper, scientists describe an insect whose females have evolved a penis-like appendage that penetrates males’ “vaginas.”
Behavior Brief
Diana Kwon | Feb 27, 2017 | 4 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Cheetah Range Drops 90 Percent
Kerry Grens | Dec 27, 2016 | 2 min read
Estimating only 7,100 individuals remaining, researchers urge a reclassification of the species from vulnerable to endangered.
Pet Meds Adapted from Human Therapies
Jenny Rood | Oct 1, 2016 | 8 min read
Companies focused on developing treatments for dogs, cats, and horses are bringing a diverse array of products to the pet medicine market.
Pet Scans
Amy K. LeBlanc, Timothy M. Fan, and Nicola Mason | Apr 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Studying tumor development and treatment in dogs and cats, in parallel with research on rodents and humans, could improve the successful translation of new cancer drugs.
Microorganisms Make a House a Home?
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 26, 2015 | 1 min read
The fungal and bacterial communities in household dust can reveal some details about a building’s inhabitants.
The Scientist on The Pulse, November 14
Kerry Grens | Nov 14, 2014 | 1 min read
Mounting and drilling a comet, mind-controlled gene expression, and dissecting cat genomes
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