Jake Richardson, Author at PlanetSave

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Minnesota Has New Bat Species

The last new mammal to Minnesota was identified in 1991—a shrew species. Now there is another, the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis). It was found this summer during a survey of Minnesota’s forest bats, which was focused on their mating habits. DNR Nongame Wildlife Program and Central Lakes College researchers conducted the survey. “It’s very exciting to discover a new bat […]

August 4th

Birds Lead Humans To Honey

In Mozambique, human honey hunters communicate and cooperate with a species of bird called the greater honeyguide in order to find bee hives. They do this by making a certain vocalization to the birds that they are ready to be guided. The birds come to where the humans are and then begin taking them to the locations. The […]

July 31st

Tiger Farms Should Be Closed

The International Day of the Tiger is July 29, but there are still thousands of tigers living in captivity. The World Wildlife Fund has estimated there are about 8,000 living on farms, with only 3,900 living in the wild. Countries like Laos, Vietnam, China and Thailand may have about 200 tiger farms, and some of them […]

July 29th

New Whale Discovered In Alaska

A new species of whale was discovered in a Alaska, but it has never been seen alive by scientists. In 2014, on St. George Island, a 7-meter beaked whale was found dead on a beach. A biology teacher noticed it and the next person to see the whale was someone who had worked previously as a seal researcher. This […]

July 28th

12 Fish Species In India Near Extinction

Pollution and climate change have put 12 indigenous fish species on the brink of extinction in India. Research is being conducted in the area between Bengaluru and Melekote in 10 lakes by Dr. M. Ramachandra Mohan, HoD, Department of Zoology and some students. “Of the 12 species, five are under the vulnerable category and the rest are endangered. […]

July 26th

445 New Species Identified In India

For the year 2015, 445 species that were new to science were identified by Indian researchers. Of the newly identified, 262 were animals and 183 were plants. New species were identified in all regions of India, and about 15% were higher vertebrates. The eastern Himalayas is where most of the new species are from. The Western Ghats, […]

July 8th

Glowing Vomit Attracts Female Crustaceans

On your next date, you might not want to try vomiting bioluminescent mucus, but for male crustaceans called ostracods it works like a charm. The female ostracods like it, say some researchers. “When you’re there watching this display it’s spectacular. You can have up to nine species all in the same area displaying at similar times. I […]

July 7th

Possums Can Kill Thousands Of Ticks

Sometimes possums are said to be ‘ugly’, ‘beady-eyed, or ‘scary’. They might also be perceived as vermin or having no purpose. However, some research has estimated that possums can kill thousands of ticks in a single year, and some of the ticks they kill are the same ones that carry Lyme disease, which obviously impacts […]

July 6th

Geothermal Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

Geothermal energy’s main advantages are that it is generated cleanly and renewably. That is, electricity produced by geothermal plants produces no carbon emissions or air pollution like burning coal, gas, and oil do. Of course, producing clean electricity is better for human health and the environment because of the lack of air pollution. Millions of […]

April 10th

A Vegan Diet May Reduce The Risk Of Serious Diseases

Many Americans suffer from serious diseases like heart disease and cancer, and hundreds of thousands of lives are lost each year, but some medical research has indicated that it may be helpful to try a plant-based diet. People who have vegan diets do so for a number of reasons: they don’t want to harm animals, […]

April 7th

What Is Wind? Where Does Wind Come From?

What is wind exactly? Wind is the natural flow of air that we humans can detect. Wind is created when changes in temperatures cause air to move from high to low pressure areas. Low pressure areas are often where warm air is, because when air is warmed by the sun it rises, leaving behind less […]

March 2nd

SunPower, SunEdison, Among Others, Partner With Google’s Project Sunroof

Originally published on Solar Love. As we wrote months ago when it launched, Google has a free online service that uses its mapping information and partner offers from solar installers to provide fast estimates of how much a homeowner might save by investing in a solar power system. Dubbed “Project Sunroof,” it also provides information on things like […]

December 20th

Portland Green Festival Expo Is December 11-13

The Green Festival includes a Portland event this year, which will be hosted at the Oregon Convention Center, a building that has an LEED certification. Stormwater is also collected from the roof and passed through rock terraces, pools, and soil to filter it. The event is a showcase of green products and services which also includes a […]

December 2nd

Beyonce Launches Vegan Meal Program

Both Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have garnered some press in the last year or so for trying a vegan diet. She has gone a stop farther by offering a vegan meal home delivery program in a partnership with exercise physiologist Marco Borges. 22 Days is the name of program and it provides vegan, soy-free […]

February 3rd

50-foot Dinosaur Remains Discovered In China

University of Alberta Researchers identified remains of a dinosaur estimated to have been 50 feet in length, with about half of that in just the neck. A skull, vertebrae and tail were found by farmers near Qijiang city, China about nine years ago. (The farmers were digging for a fish pond.) The researchers carefully studied […]

February 2nd

Almonds Can Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol (LDL) Says Research

This post originally appeared on Healthfooddaily.com. This interview about the potential health benefits of eating almonds is with Dr. Sujatha Rajaram who worked on the following study: “Serum lipid response to the graduated enrichment of a Step I diet with almonds: a randomized feeding trial.” 1.Your study conclusion is that including almonds in the diet could reduce […]

August 17th

Kia To Launch EV Soul In Summer Of 2015

Kia will be launching the EV Soul this summer — most likely in California and Oregon first, then in some eastern states such as New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. Here are some quick facts about the coming electric vehicle: air-cooled 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack 81-kilowatt (109-horsepower) liquid-cooled electric motor top speed — 90 mph 0-60 […]

March 25th

Nissan Gathering EV Intelligence from Tesla Owners

Apparently, Nissan is gathering information from drivers about their wants and needs regarding electric vehicles. This is good news because it indicates they care about their customers and prospective customers enough to actually inquire. (Not all companies engage directly with their customers to seek feedback about products and services.) Doing so is a smart strategy […]

February 27th