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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

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

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 — 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

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 — 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

Dominant Ant Species Significantly Influence Ecosystems

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers investigated the role of different ant species in various ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests. They discovered that the dominant role is often played by only a few or even a ... read more

Two Thirds of Cattle Attacks on People Involve Dogs, New Study Finds

Feb. 1, 2016 — Dog owners are being urged to remember to be vigilant with their pets when walking near cows in the countryside, following a new review into cattle attacks. This project reviewed details of negative ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Traditional fruit gardens planted by indigenous communities in the Malaysian rainforest increase the diversity of the animals who make it their home, research has ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Two endemic tree frog species, not recognized by science until now, have been identified in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Unlike their siblings from mainland China and Southern ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Scientists investigated the camouflage of ground-nesting birds in Zambia, using sophisticated digital imaging to demonstrate how they would appear from the perspective of a ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago -- in this case a 500-pound bird -- has been ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Conserving wildlife habitat sounds noble, but when it comes down to work or sacrifice, cold hard cash -- a decent amount of it -- goes a long ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — The mechanism that allows individual bats to avoid noise overlap by increasing the volume, duration and repetition rate of their signals has been uncovered by a new study. Unlocking the mystery of ... read more

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