hibernation
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Abby Olena | Dec 19, 2017
Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 
Hibernation Helpers
Hibernation Helpers
Catherine Offord | Feb 8, 2016
Gut microbes may help regulate the metabolic changes a bear experiences before and during hibernation, scientists show.
Sleepy Squirrels
Sleepy Squirrels
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2016
Visit the lab of Matthew Andrews at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who studies hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrels to learn how their hearts manage extreme temperature fluctuations.
Heart-Healthy Hibernators
Heart-Healthy Hibernators
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2016
Overwintering ground squirrels survive fluctuations in body temperature that would cause cardiac arrest in nonhibernators.
Bear Study Breaks Down
Bear Study Breaks Down
Kerry Grens | Sep 2, 2015
Authors retract a paper on grizzlies’ metabolism after finding one person made up data.
How Bulgy Bears Keep Diabetes at Bay
How Bulgy Bears Keep Diabetes at Bay
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 8, 2014
A genetic switch in hibernating bears keeps the animals from becoming insulin-resistant. 
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Prepped for the Long Sleep
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 30, 2014
Hibernation-related proteins are common even in non-hibernating animals, a study shows.
Killing Pests by Disrupting Hibernation
Tia Ghose | Sep 30, 2011
New synthetic hormones can indirectly kill the corn earworm by disrupting its winter sleep habits.