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More physical activity improved school performanceMore physical activity improved school performance

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Stunning finds from ancient Greek shipwreckStunning finds from ancient Greek shipwreck

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Study: New device can slow, reverse heart failureStudy: New device can slow, reverse heart failure

Are the world's religions ready for ET?Are the world's religions ready for ET?

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Recreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networksRecreating the stripe patterns found in animals by engineering synthetic gene networks

Laying the groundwork for data-driven scienceLaying the groundwork for data-driven science

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Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'Biologists delay the aging process by 'remote control'

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Fine-tuning of bitter taste receptors may be key to animal survival (11/1/2014)

Authors Behrens et al, showed that chicken taste receptors are 'broadly tuned' for bitter taste, whereas six frog taste receptors are mixed, consisting of broadly as well as narrowly tuned receptors. In general, individual substances activated different receptors in clearly separated concentration ranges, which may also provide a clue to the role of bitter taste diversity in enhancing the chance of survival. ...> Full Article


Lizards in the Caribbean -- How geography influences animal evolution (10/31/2014)

Researchers from Nottingham and Harvard have enlisted a Caribbean lizard to help them find out on how geography can influence the evolution of animal species. ...> Full Article


Closing the gap: Extreme desert gecko spotted on salt-flats in central Oman (10/30/2014)

Closing the gap: Extreme desert gecko spotted on salt-flats in central OmanTwo new records of the salt-flat specialist gecko, Pseudoceramodactylus khobarensis, from the eastern Rub Al Khali desert in Arabia have closed the distributional knowledge gap for this species, offering a better understanding of the diversity pattern of this extreme desert dweller across the Arabian Peninsula. The study was published in the open access journal Biodiversity Data Journal. ...> Full Article


Back off: Female chimps stressed out by competing suitors (10/30/2014)

Back off: Female chimps stressed out by competing suitorsBeing the center of attention can have its drawbacks. For female chimpanzees, being around too many rowdy males is disadvantageous when foraging for food, an effect that can ultimately interfere with her reproductive ability. These are some of the findings of an 11-year-long study of wild East African chimpanzees in Uganda, led by Melissa Emery Thompson of the University of New Mexico in the US. It is published in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. ...> Full Article


Research shows how giant clams harness the sun (10/29/2014)

Research shows how giant clams harness the sunBeneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have now shown how giant clams use these structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research, paving the way for new types of solar panels. ...> Full Article


Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates (10/29/2014)

Physicists have come up with a mathematical explanation for moths' remarkable ability to find mates in the dark hundreds of meters away. ...> Full Article


New study first to document the voices of fish larvae (10/28/2014)

New study first to document the voices of fish larvaeA new study from researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is the first to document that fish larvae produce sound. These 'knock' and 'growl' sounds may help small larvae maintain group cohesion in the dark. ...> Full Article


Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors (10/28/2014)

Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitorsThe big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world's worst invasive ant species. As the name implies, its colonies include soldier ants with disproportionately large heads. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back ...> Full Article


Study shows sharks have personalities (10/27/2014)

Some sharks are 'gregarious' and have strong social connections, whilst others are more solitary and prefer to remain inconspicuous, according to a new study which is the first to show that the notorious predators have personality traits. ...> Full Article


On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows (10/27/2014)

On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study showsBased on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, professors at Brown University and Syracuse University have developed and tested the 'evolutionary imbalance hypothesis' to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems. The results suggest the importance of accounting for the evolutionary histories of the donor and recipient regions in invasions. ...> Full Article


New study provides key to identifying spiders in international cargo (10/26/2014)

New study provides key to identifying spiders in international cargoSpiders found in international cargo brought into North America are sometimes misidentified, which can lead to costly and unwarranted eradication measures. A new study provides a key to identifying spiders commonly found in international cargo. ...> Full Article


Spiders: Survival of the fittest group (10/26/2014)

Spiders: Survival of the fittest groupTheorists have long debated the existence and power of a type of evolution called group selection. Now, studying social spiders, two scientists have uncovered the first-ever experimental evidence of group selection driving collective traits in wild populations of these spiders. ...> Full Article


Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce (10/25/2014)

Scientists at UC Santa Cruz, using a new wildlife tracking collar they developed, were able to continuously monitor the movements of mountain lions in the wild and determine how much energy the big cats use to stalk, pounce, and overpower their prey. Their findings help explain why most cats use a 'stalk and pounce' hunting strategy. ...> Full Article


Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sight (10/24/2014)

Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sightDr. Scott Powell has discovered a new species of ant that uses social parasitism to access host ant species' food sources and foraging trails. ...> Full Article


Study shows how chimpanzees share skills (10/23/2014)

Study shows how chimpanzees share skillsEvidence of new behavior being adopted and transmitted socially from one individual to another within a wild chimpanzee community is publishing on Sept. 30 in the open access journal PLOS Biology. This is the first instance of social learning recorded in the wild. ...> Full Article

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Fine-tuning of bitter taste receptors may be key to animal survival

Lizards in the Caribbean -- How geography influences animal evolution

Closing the gap: Extreme desert gecko spotted on salt-flats in central OmanClosing the gap: Extreme desert gecko spotted on salt-flats in central Oman

Back off: Female chimps stressed out by competing suitorsBack off: Female chimps stressed out by competing suitors

Research shows how giant clams harness the sunResearch shows how giant clams harness the sun

Physicists solve longstanding puzzle of how moths find distant mates

New study first to document the voices of fish larvaeNew study first to document the voices of fish larvae

Study: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitorsStudy: Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors

Study shows sharks have personalities

On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study showsOn invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows

New study provides key to identifying spiders in international cargoNew study provides key to identifying spiders in international cargo

Spiders: Survival of the fittest groupSpiders: Survival of the fittest group

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

Newly discovered ant species hides in plain sightNewly discovered ant species hides in plain sight

Study shows how chimpanzees share skillsStudy shows how chimpanzees share skills



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