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Guelph researchers solve part of hagfish slime mystery (4/16/2014)

Guelph researchers solve part of hagfish slime mysteryUniversity of Guelph researchers have unraveled some of the inner workings of slime produced by one of nature's most bizarre creatures -- hagfish. They've learned how the super-strong and mega-long protein threads secreted by the eel-like animals are organized at the cellular level. Their research was published today in the science journal Nature Communications. ...> Full Article


A new species of horseshoe worm discovered in Japan after a 62 year gap (4/16/2014)

A new species of horseshoe worm discovered in Japan after a 62 year gapA team of Japanese scientists, lead by Dr. Hirose recently described a new species of horseshoe worm Phoronis emigi from sandy bottom at 33 m depth in Amakusa, Japan. This is the first new horseshoe worm species since the discovery of Phoronis pallida by Silén in 1952, 62 years ago. This study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. ...> Full Article


Large carnivores with large geographic ranges better-studied (4/15/2014)

Scientists tend to study larger carnivores with larger geographic ranges than those with greater adaptability and broader diets. ...> Full Article


One or 2? How to decide how many species you have got (4/15/2014)

One or 2? How to decide how many species you have gotIt is often difficult to decide whether two animals belong to the same or two distinct species. This can be especially challenging for animals which externally look very similar. In a recent study published in the open access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution, scientists from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin use genetic data and calls analysis to test if treefrogs from West and Central Africa belong to different or the same species. ...> Full Article


'Touched' female cockroaches reproduce faster (4/14/2014)

'Touched' female cockroaches reproduce fasterTo speed up reproduction, there's no substitute for the tender touch of a live cockroach. That's the major takeaway from a North Carolina State University study examining whether artificial antennae -- in this case, duck feathers -- can mimic a cockroach antenna's capacity to hasten reproduction in cockroach females. ...> Full Article


Night owls, unlike early birds, tend to be unmarried risk-takers (4/13/2014)

Women who are night owls share the same high propensity for risk-taking as men, according to a recent study by a University of Chicago professor. ...> Full Article


Six new Dracula ants from Madagascar: Minor workers become queens in Mystrium (4/12/2014)

Six new Dracula ants from Madagascar: Minor workers become queens in MystriumEntomologists in California Academy of Sciences have discovered six new species of Dracula ants from Madagascar and its surrounding islands. They suggest the small, wingless queens of the genus Mystrium are modified minor workers -- a revolutionary finding in the anatomy-is-destiny world of ants. The authors have developed a new taxonomic framework for this complicated group with innovative pictorial keys to species for all castes. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. ...> Full Article


Despatch from the field (4/11/2014)

Despatch from the fieldA new spider species was discovered during a student field course in Malaysian Borneo. The species was described and submitted online to Biodiversity Data Journal through a satellite internet connection. The manuscript was peer-reviewed and published within two weeks. On the day of publication, software tools extracted the occurrence data of the species and submitted these to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. In a similar way data was exported to Encyclopedia of Life. ...> Full Article


Students on field course bag new spider species (4/11/2014)

Students on field course bag new spider speciesAs a spin-off (pun intended) of their Tropical Biodiversity course in Malaysian Borneo, a team of biology students discover a new spider species, build a makeshift taxonomy lab, write a joint publication and send it off to a major taxonomic journal. The description of the new species Crassignatha danaugirangensis, named after the field centre's idyllic setting at the Danau Girang oxbow lake, was published in the Biodiversity Data Journal. ...> Full Article


Big brown bat males call 'dibs' on food (4/10/2014)

Big brown bat males call 'dibs' on foodAs big brown bats wake up from their winter slumber and start zooming around in pursuit of insects to eat, how do they coordinate their activities in the dark of night? For one thing, according to researchers who report in Current Biology, males do it by telling other males to back off. In so doing, those vocal males -- each with their own distinctive calls -- increase their chances of a meal. ...> Full Article


Cuvier's beaked whales set new breath-hold diving records (4/9/2014)

Scientists monitored Cuvier's beaked whales' record-breaking dives to depths of nearly two miles below the ocean surface and some dives lasted for over two hours. ...> Full Article


Crows complete basic 'Aesop's fable' task (4/9/2014)

Crows complete basic 'Aesop's fable' taskNew Caledonian crows may understand how to displace water to receive a reward, with the causal understanding level of a 5- to 7-year-old child. ...> Full Article


Bamboo-loving giant pandas also have a sweet tooth (4/9/2014)

Bamboo-loving giant pandas also have a sweet toothDespite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo to fulfill a voracious appetite for this reedy grass, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. A combination of behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrated that the giant panda both possesses functional sweet taste receptors and also shows a strong preference for some natural sweeteners, including fructose and sucrose. ...> Full Article


Goats are far more clever than previously thought (4/9/2014)

Goats are far more clever than previously thoughtGoats learn how to solve complicated tasks quickly and can recall how to perform them for at least 10 months, which might explain their remarkable ability to adapt to harsh environments, say researchers at Queen Mary University of London. ...> Full Article


Male Eurasian jays know that their female partners' desires can differ from their own (4/9/2014)

Researchers investigated the extent to which males could disengage from their own current desires to feed the female what she wants. ...> Full Article

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Guelph researchers solve part of hagfish slime mysteryGuelph researchers solve part of hagfish slime mystery

A new species of horseshoe worm discovered in Japan after a 62 year gapA new species of horseshoe worm discovered in Japan after a 62 year gap

Large carnivores with large geographic ranges better-studied

One or 2? How to decide how many species you have gotOne or 2? How to decide how many species you have got

'Touched' female cockroaches reproduce faster'Touched' female cockroaches reproduce faster

Night owls, unlike early birds, tend to be unmarried risk-takers

Six new Dracula ants from Madagascar: Minor workers become queens in MystriumSix new Dracula ants from Madagascar: Minor workers become queens in Mystrium

Despatch from the fieldDespatch from the field

Students on field course bag new spider speciesStudents on field course bag new spider species

Big brown bat males call 'dibs' on foodBig brown bat males call 'dibs' on food

Cuvier's beaked whales set new breath-hold diving records

Crows complete basic 'Aesop's fable' taskCrows complete basic 'Aesop's fable' task

Bamboo-loving giant pandas also have a sweet toothBamboo-loving giant pandas also have a sweet tooth

Goats are far more clever than previously thoughtGoats are far more clever than previously thought

Male Eurasian jays know that their female partners' desires can differ from their own



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