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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 — Fruit flies studies on mating compatibility have been examined to assess the usefulness of walk-in field cages in sexual behavior research within fruit fly species complexes and recognition of ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle -- how snakes lost their limbs. The findings show snakes did not lose their limbs in order to live in the sea, as ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — When the biodiversity of an ecosystem is reduced by invasive species, competition for food plays a more important role than has previously been supposed. This was the conclusion of research conducted ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Ticks can transmit various diseases to people and animals. Some well-known diseases spread by ticks include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease. Researchers are hot on the trail of ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — In bats, Toll-like receptors, the first-line defense mechanism against invading pathogens, are different from other mammals. This suggests that the way bats recognize certain pathogens may be ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Yin and Yang, Venus and Mars, the Moon and the Sun, however you want to describe it, becoming a female or a male can make a big difference in your life, and not just for human beings. Researchers ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Scientists extracted DNA from spider webs to identify the web's spider architect and the prey that crossed it, according to this proof-of-concept ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout "fingers" and crawl into ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, a new study has ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Genes for important skin proteins arose in a common ancestor shared by humans and turtles 310 million years ago, a genome comparison has ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Drowning has emerged as a mysterious cause of death among groups of young common starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), according to research by a team of ... read more

Can a Bonobo Keep the Beat?

Nov. 24, 2015 — Spontaneous and synchronized drumming tempo has been assessed in a female bonobo who self-selected to participate by regularly approaching a human drummer in a designated research area within a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Don't have room for dessert? The bacteria in your gut may be telling you something. Twenty minutes after a meal, gut microbes produce proteins that can suppress food intake in animals, reports a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Biologists have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological ... read more

Rats: Sniff and Track, or Run and Scan?

Nov. 24, 2015 — Strategies used by rats to identify specific targets through odor cues in a familiar environment with a known number of choices has been the focus of recent ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A thriving and illegal trade in Southeast Asia’s threatened and rare orchids is going largely unnoticed in Thailand and across its borders, according to a new ... read more

Corn Snake Genome Sequenced for the First Time

Nov. 24, 2015 — Among the 5,000 existing species of mammals, more than 100 have their genome sequenced, whereas the genomes of only 9 species of reptiles (among 10,000 species) are available to the scientific ... read more

Understanding the Fruit Fly's Nose

Nov. 24, 2015 — New work on the fruit fly's sense of smell uses an interdisciplinary approach to learn how chemical signals control the behavior of insects. Understanding molecular mechanisms of the ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Using a groundbreaking gene editing technique, scientists have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny, ... read more

How Do Fruit Flies Maintain Flight Stability?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Have you ever wondered why insects move in the funky ways they do? Or how physical laws shape the design of animals' sensors and neural computation for locomotion? These are a just a few of the ... read more

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