Science Bites: August 22nd

Science Bites: August 22nd

Visualizing nighttime bird migration

Weather radar enabled visualization of nocturnal bird migration in a recently published study. The authors hope that their new, open source tools will allow anyone to visualize animal movement for scientific research or conservation efforts, or to inspire the public and aid discussion.

Mapping golden eagle distribution

New research revealed that golden eagles may be more abundant in elevated, undeveloped landscapes with high wind speeds. The authors suggest that their map of golden eagle distribution could help prioritize landscapes for conservation efforts and identify regions for additional research and monitoring.

Modelling lung cancer treatment

Researchers developed a mathematical model that suggests an ideal treatment schedule for medications known as hypoxia-activated prodrugs in one lung cancer subtype. The next step is to validate the schedule in preclinical experiments and then test in patients.

Fighting disease-causing fungi

Researchers discovered that the fungal protein Mp1p strengthens fungi that cause disease. This new research identifies Mp1p as a potential drug target for fighting fungal infections such as penicilliosis in Southeast Asia.
Image Credit: Art Overeem


Tessa is the Journal Media Manager at PLOS. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Rhetoric and Music. She can be reached by email at and on Twitter at @tessagregs.

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