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Ants can save each other’s limbs, new research shows

Surgeons amputate a limb when a traumatic injury causes extensive tissue destruction, or in cases of severe infection or disease. But humans aren’t the only ones who perform such procedures. New research shows that some ants amputate limbs from injured comrades to increase their chances of survival. The behavior was documented in Florida carpenter ants — scientific name Camponotus floridanus …

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Coral reefs are vital lines of defense against hurricanes. But their future is uncertain

Hurricane season has kicked off with Beryl, the first Category 5 storm ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean. Beryl has since been downgraded to a Category 4, but the storm was still expected to bring life-threatening wind gusts and storm surges to Jamaica on Wednesday. Normally, coral reefs serve as a crucial form of natural coastal protection against such …

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Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that is becoming increasingly common in Canada

Tick ​​experts are warning Canadians to be alert for symptoms of a tick-borne disease whose cases have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. Anaplasmosis is an infection that affects humans and animals and is caused by the Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria and spread by ticks. In the early 2000s, provinces and territories began reporting a handful of human cases …

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Lyme disease may be more common, but this tick-borne disease is on the rise in Canada

Tick ​​experts are warning Canadians to be alert for symptoms of a tick-borne disease whose cases have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years. Anaplasmosis is an infection that affects humans and animals and is caused by the Anaplasma phagocytophilum bacteria and spread by ticks. In the early 2000s, provinces and territories began reporting a handful of human cases …

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