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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

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

June 11, 2015 — Researchers studying banded mongooses in Uganda have discovered that these small mammals are able to discriminate between relatives and non-relatives to avoid ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Plants can undergo the same extreme 'chromosome shattering' seen in some human cancers and developmental syndromes, researchers have found. Chromosome shattering, or ... read more

June 8, 2015 — Chimpanzees are capable of metacognition, or thinking about one's own thinking, and can adjust their behavior accordingly, researchers have ... read more

New Study Shows the Dynamics of Active Swarms in Alternating Fields

June 5, 2015 — The dynamics of active swarms have been studied using computer simulations and experiments on unicellular algae. The team not only found full analogy of the active motion in a field to magnetic ... read more

June 4, 2015 — The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected and communicate with each other, according to new ... read more

June 4, 2015 — An American study in mice reveals that hormones that dictate a female's attraction towards males do so in part by controlling her sense of smell. The findings provide an example of how hormones ... read more

June 3, 2015 — Scientists have undertaken to map the neural circuitry involved in the conversion of olfactory inputs into navigational behaviors in the fruit fly larva. The work is a new example on how systems ... read more

Varroa Destructor Mite Mimics Two Types of Bee

June 3, 2015 — The parasitic bee mite Varroa destructor, which can mimic the chemical composition of its host's cuticle, is also capable of adapting this composition according to the bee species that it ... read more

June 3, 2015 — The first feeding study of tropical Australia's Irukandji box jellyfish has found that they actively fish. They attract larval fish by twitching their extended tentacles, highlighting their ... read more

June 2, 2015 — New research has found that the 6 gram brown thornbill mimics the hawk alarm calls of neighboring species to scare a nest predator by convincing it that a much bigger and scarier predator -- the ... read more

May 29, 2015 — Male moths locate females by navigating along the latter's pheromone (odor) plume. Two strategies are involved: males must find the outer envelope of the pheromone plume, and then head upwind. ... read more

May 28, 2015 — Flies might be smarter than you think. New research shows fruit flies know what time of day it is. What's more, the insects can learn to connect different scents with the sweet reward of sugar, ... read more

Study Tackles Evolution Mystery of Animal, Plant Warning Cues for Survival

May 27, 2015 — Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A longhorned beetle's sexy scent might make a female perk up her antennae. But when the males of several species all smell the same, a female cannot choose by cologne alone. For these beetles to ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A new study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals. Scientists previously assumed the process remained much the same throughout the ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Animals, like humans, excel at some tasks but not others. Researchers used pond snails to investigate learning and memory. They found that if an individual is good at forming memories about food they ... read more

May 21, 2015 — The sight of skilful aerial maneuvering by flocks of Greylag geese to avoid collisions with York's Millennium Bridge intrigued a mathematical biologist. It raised the question of how birds ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The skin of the California two-spot octopus can sense light even without input from the central nervous system. The animal does so by using the same family of light-sensitive proteins called opsins ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Male Java sparrows may coordinate their bill-clicking sounds with the notes of their song. Birds may communicate using both vocalizations and movement, as for instance occurs during courtship ... read more

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