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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016 — The ability to see the direction in which something is moving is vital for survival. Only in this way is it possible to avoid predators, capture prey or, as humans in a modern world, cross a road ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The spread of a disease that is decimating global bee populations is humanmade, and driven by European honeybee populations, new research has ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Each year, as bears prepare to hibernate, they gorge themselves on food to pack on fat. And yet, despite the rapid weight gain, the animals somehow avoid the health consequences so often associated ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — On Nov. 11, 1954, Syuiti Mori turned out the lights on a small group of fruit flies. More than 60 years later, the descendants of those flies have adapted to life without light. These flies -- a ... read more

Half of the Large Carnivore Attacks Are Due to the Imprudence of Human Behavior

Feb. 4, 2016 — Close to 50 percent of large carnivore attacks on humans have involved risk-taking human behaviors. This is one of the main conclusions reached by a study which have analyzed the circumstances of 700 ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Where does the acoel flatworm belong in the tree of life? Biologists have discussed this question for the last 20 years. Now new research suggests that researchers have found the ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — It had been thought that all ants, wasps and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. But new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study helps explain how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell. Researchers have identified a set of genetic control switches that interact early in a fly's development to generate ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — While rhino species evolved and increased in size over 50 million years, their bones may have strained to support their massive and active bodies, according to a new ... read more

Parasitic Ants Alter How Captive Ants Recognize Nest Mates

Feb. 3, 2016 — Enslaved Formica worker ants are more genetically and chemically diverse and less aggressive towards non-nest mates than free-living Formica ant colonies, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study identifies a Jurassic age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly -- but whose emergence on Earth predates the butterfly by about 40 million ... read more

Fruit Flies Adjust Their Courtship Song Based on Distance

Feb. 3, 2016 — Outside of humans, the ability to adjust the intensity of acoustic signals with distance has only been identified in songbirds. New research now demonstrates that the male fruit fly also displays ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — The question of what sets humans apart from other animals is one of the oldest philosophical puzzles. A popular answer is that only humans can understand that others also have minds like their own. ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Aging affects the cognitive abilities of dogs, as a recent study shows. A team of scientists studied dogs of different ages working on a specially designed touchscreen and discovered that although ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Laziness can help you succeed… if you’re a nurse shark. A new research paper reveals that nurse sharks have the lowest metabolic rate measured in any shark — new evidence of the sluggish ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Logging can encourage black rats to invade tropical rainforests by creating habitats they prefer, giving them the chance to displace native ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A comprehensive study of the hunting tradition of the San peoples of Namibia sheds new light on their use of beetle and plant poisons to boost the lethality of their ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have uncovered evidence of turtle specimens at the 400,000-year-old Qesem Cave site, indicating that early humans enjoyed eating turtles in addition to large game and vegetal material. ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Humans are affecting nature to a greater and greater degree and this is contributing to the reduction of biodiversity globally. To better assess the consequences requires a better understanding of ... read more

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