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If Astronauts Hibernated on Long Journeys, They’d Need Smaller Spacecraft

November 19, 2019

There’s a disturbing lack of hibernation in our space-faring plans. In movies and books, astronauts pop in and…
Long-lived Bats Appear to Hold Secrets of Mammal Longevity

April 11, 2019

University of Maryland researchers analyzed a DNA-based evolutionary tree for a majority of known bat species and found…
Hibernating hamsters could provide new clues to Alzheimer’s disease

February 14, 2019

Syrian hamsters are golden-haired rodents often kept as house pets. Cold and darkness can cause the animals to…
NIH researchers develop “hibernation in a dish” to study how animals adapt to the cold

May 8, 2018

Researchers at the National Eye Institute have discovered cellular mechanisms that help the 13-lined ground squirrel survive hibernation.…
Less sensitive temperature regulation a key to hibernation-like torpor

November 15, 2016

Some animals can enter a hibernation-like state called daily torpor that reduces the amount of energy needed to…
Edible dormice: High food availability slows down cell aging

September 2, 2016

Hibernation has long been considered the secret behind the relatively long lifespan of the edible dormouse. However, a…
Bears’ seasonal hibernation linked to changes in gut microbes

February 5, 2016

Each year, as bears prepare to hibernate, they gorge themselves on food to pack on fat. And yet,…
Biotron puts any environment on Earth in researchers’ reach

December 28, 2015

One of the most flexible and unique research facilities in North America is sitting in plain sight, but…
Hibernation season over, will disease-ridden bats emerge from caves and mines this spring?

March 25, 2015

Hibernacula, they’re called: Places where species like bats hibernate. Bats by the thousands congregate in such caves and…
Bat Species Is First Mammal Found Hibernating at Constant Warm Temperatures

March 11, 2015

Many mammals — and some birds — escape the winter by hibernating for three to nine months. This…
The power of the power nap – Scientists uncover secrets of hibernation

November 9, 2014

For hibernating mammals, the pre-winter months are a race against time to accumulate enough energy reserves to last…
NASA Investigating Deep-Space Hibernation Technology

October 20, 2014

Manned missions to deep space present numerous challenges. In addition to the sheer amount of food, water and…
Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate

July 28, 2014

For the first time, Spanish researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are…
Primate Hibernation More Common Than Previously Thought

May 10, 2013

Until recently, the only primate known to hibernate as a survival strategy was a creature called the western…
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