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July 1, 2015 — An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light -- the ... read more

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Are More Widespread Than Ever, and Spreading

June 30, 2015 — Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause ... read more

June 30, 2015 — A new method keeps salmon fresh for a whole month, without the use of chemicals. The technology is called superchilling, and it lies somewhere between freezing the fish and cooling it down. Now it is ... read more

What Effect Does Marijuana Really Have on Weight Gain?

June 30, 2015 — While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved. The main finding of the study ... read more

Nation's Weather Radar Network Used to Track Bird Migration at Night

June 30, 2015 — Using the nation's weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A new, high-quality rice flour could help towards aiding global food poverty. 'This rice flour serves not only as an alternative to wheat flour for those with wheat intolerance, but could also ... read more

June 29, 2015 — The brown marmorated stink bug has a bad reputation. Every summer, this pest attacks crops and invades homes, causing both sizable economic losses and a messy, smelly nuisance. A new study by ... read more

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

Talk Is Cheap: New Study Finds Words Speak Louder Than Actions

June 29, 2015 — When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. The researchers found that people conform ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Chemists have demonstrated that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural molecules with the potential to become new drugs. The "fight club" ... read more

Soil Water, Microbes Influence Carbon in World's Coldest Desert, Study Finds

June 29, 2015 — Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Tiny microscopic animals called zooplankton are ingesting plastic particles at an alarming rate, according to a new study. That could not only pose a risk to salmon but also spell trouble for the ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new ... read more

Muzzle in on Cattle Classification

June 29, 2015 — Researchers are developing a biometric identification system for cattle that could reduce food fraud and allow ranchers to control their stock more efficiently. The system uses the unique features of ... read more

Pesticide Study Shows That Sexual Conflict Can Maintain Genetic Variation

June 29, 2015 — The sexually antagonistic gene for resistance to the pesticide DDT, which increases fitness in female flies but simultaneously decreases fitness in male flies, helps to maintain genetic variation, ... read more

Getting High in Senior Year: Researchers Examine Whether Reasons for Smoking Pot Are Associated

June 29, 2015 — A new study examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” ... read more

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