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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Sep. 3, 2015 — Biologists have created a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Cool. Calm. And oh, so calculated. That's how a chimpanzee living in the Royal Burgers' Zoo in the Netherlands set out to swat an aerial drone that was filming her group. Biologists explain ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, new research shows that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — A sophisticated imaging technique has allowed scientists to virtually peer inside a 10-million-year-old sea urchin, uncovering a treasure trove of hidden ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — 3D imaging of a mummified kestrel that died due to forced overeating provides evidence that the ancient Egyptians bred birds of prey as offerings for the gods, according to a new study. The digital ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Domestic cats do not generally see their owners as a focus of safety and security in the same way that dogs do, according to new ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — To meet the requirements of Asian cities, researchers are adapting an idea they have already applied in Germany for comprehensive water management: developing a concept for reducing water use, ... read more

Study Uncovers How Seeds Are Kept in Dormancy Until the Appearance of Favorable Conditions for Germination

Sep. 3, 2015 — Seed germination is a crucial step in the life cycle of a plant. This is why the small embryo is maintained in a state of dormancy until the appearance of optimal environmental conditions. The ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Common Loons nest on lakes across Canada and the northern US, but every winter they disperse, many to the open ocean where they're difficult to track. It's been well established that many ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Functional morphologists and polymer scientists show that geckos have a spring-like mechanism in their bodies to enhance adhesion as they become larger. A few years ago the same authors invented the ... read more

Many North American Birds May Lose Part of Range Under Climate Change Scenarios

Sep. 2, 2015 — Over 50 percent of nearly 600 surveyed bird species may lose more than half of their current geographic range across three climate change scenarios through the end of the century in North ... read more

Animal Without Synapses Feeds by External Digestion Using Global, Local Cellular Control

Sep. 2, 2015 — A multicellular marine animal without organs, Trichoplax's feeding behavior may include cellular coordination, resulting in external food ... read more

Seal Pups Listen for Long Distance Calls to Locate Their Mothers

Sep. 2, 2015 — Antarctic fur seal pups identify the mother's vocal pitch at longer distance and use other components of the vocal signature at closer range to identify their mother in densely populated ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Only the microbes located above the water's surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international team of researchers. Since 2004, researchers have been ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new international study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new study is showing that rapid evolution can occur in response to environmental ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Scientists have determined that Eunotosaurus africanus is the earliest known branch of the turtle tree of ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — The Earth's first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused not by a meteorite impact or volcanic super-eruption but by the rise of early animals that dramatically changed the ... read more

Making Fuel from Light

Sep. 2, 2015 — Photosynthesis has given life to the planet. While scientists have been studying and mimicking the natural phenomenon in the laboratory for years, understanding how to replicate the chemical process ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A researcher has helped identify the last major vernalization gene in wheat. Vernalization genes define when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. The ... read more

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