Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States
Discovered: Brain Cells that Control Hibernation-Like States

Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.

Two independent teams identify neuron populations in the mouse brain that regulate the physiological changes associated with torpor.

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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 7, 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 | Dec 31, 2015
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 | Dec 31, 2015
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 7, 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.