Polar Bears step it up at WVU 7-on-7’s | college sports | Panda Anku

Polar Bears step it up at WVU 7-on-7's |  college sports

MORGANTOWN — The offseason so far for Fairmont Senior Football has been a change of pace in more ways than one. The polar bears have traded playing through the cold, sleet and snow on the pitch for training in sweltering heat that can feel like over 100 degrees. That was the case on Wednesday, but … Read more

Greenland’s polar bear population lives without sea ice | Panda Anku

Greenland's polar bear population lives without sea ice

Scientists who studied and tracked the bears found that they survive despite having limited access to sea ice – something vital for polar bears – and instead use the freshwater ice supplied by Greenland’s ice sheet. “We wanted to study this region because we didn’t know much about the polar bears in Southeast Greenland, but … Read more

Why this newly identified polar bear subpopulation is so special | Panda Anku

Why this newly identified polar bear subpopulation is so special

Actually, there shouldn’t be any polar bears in south-east Greenland – but apparently nobody told the polar bears. Although polar bears are excellent swimmers, they are essentially land animals that feed almost exclusively on marine life. To achieve this, the giant creatures make a living as ambush predators, lying in wait next to cracks and … Read more

Secret population of polar bears found in seemingly impossible habitat | Panda Anku

Secret population of polar bears found in seemingly impossible habitat

Researchers have discovered a new polar bear population in Greenland. (Credit: Kristin Laidre/University of Washington) (opens in new tab) A secret population of polar bears in Greenland has been discovered in a seemingly impossible habitat – one that for most of the year lacks the floating platforms of sea ice that the beasts use to … Read more

A polar bear paleogenome reveals extensive ancient gene flow from polar bears into brown bears | Panda Anku

Hewitt, G. The genetic legacy of the Quaternary ice ages. Nature 405, 907–913 (2000). CAS  Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  Muhlfeld, C. C. et al. Invasive hybridization in a threatened species is accelerated by climate change. Nat. Clim. Change 4, 620–624 (2014). Article  Google Scholar  Taylor, S. A. et al. Climate-mediated movement of an avian hybrid … Read more

The evolutionary divide between brown bears and polar bears is complex | Panda Anku

The evolutionary divide between brown bears and polar bears is complex

share this article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. A new study offers enhanced insight into the intertwined evolutionary histories of polar bears and brown bears. Becoming separate species did not entirely prevent these animals from mating with each other. Scientists have known this for some time, but … Read more

‘This is a big deal’: BYU research team working to advance polar bear conservation | Panda Anku

A Polar Bear and her cubs traverse across ice in Churchill, Canada. Brigham Young University students and researchers last November traded in their usual mountainous terrain for the frozen tundra of Churchill, where they spent six days studying polar bears to assess the feasibility of radar technology in tracking polar bears above ground.

A polar bear and its cubs cross the ice in Churchill, Canada. Students and researchers at Brigham Young University traded their usual mountainous terrain for the frozen Churchill tundra last November, where they spent six days studying polar bears to assess the feasibility of radar technology in tracking polar bears above ground. (Polar Bears International) … Read more

Polar bears Nora and Amelia Gray at Oregon Zoo help test bear lasers for science | Panda Anku

Polar bears Nora and Amelia Gray at Oregon Zoo help test bear lasers for science

The laser was used while two polar bears enjoyed frozen treats. PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Zoo worked with biologists and researchers to test cutting-edge laser technology by scanning the zoo’s polar bears. According to the zoo, researchers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service … Read more

By examining polar bear droppings, the researchers hope to find out how chemicals get trapped in the body | Panda Anku

By examining polar bear droppings, the researchers hope to find out how chemicals get trapped in the body

A new study from the University of Toronto uses polar bear feces to reveal how certain chemical contaminants can be trapped and accumulated in the body. Polar bears tend to store certain contaminants in their bodies because they are at the top of the food chain, have high-fat diets, and have evolved to consume large … Read more