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September 5, 2015

Huddling Rats Behave as a 'Super-Organism'

Sep. 3, 2015 — Rodents huddle together when it is cold, they separate when it is warm, and at moderate temperatures they cycle between the warm center and the cold edges of the ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Ecologists have discovered a pattern that is consistent across a range of ecosystems. They found that, in a very systematic way, in crowded settings, prey reproduced less than they do in settings ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Biologists have taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives. Biologists have unraveled the mechanism of TNT toxicity in plants ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Orchids, a fantastically complicated and diverse group of flowering plants, have long blended the exotic with the beautiful. Previously, botanists have proposed more than a half dozen explanations ... read more

One Step Closer to Cheaper Antivenom

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers involved in an international collaboration across six institutions have successfully identified the exact composition of sea snake venom, which makes the future development of synthetic ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — When researchers set about to explain unusual peaks in what should have been featureless optical data, they thought there was a problem in their calculations. In fact, what they were seeing was real. ... read more

Could More Intensive Farming Practices Benefit Tropical Birds?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, ... read more

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

Cod: Historical Data Hold Secrets of One of UK's Favorite Fish

Sep. 3, 2015 — UK fisheries survey logbooks from the 1930s to 1950s have been digitized for the first time, revealing how cod responded to changing temperatures in the last ... 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

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