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February 5, 2016

Feb. 4, 2016 — The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step ... 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

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

Not Your Grandfather's Cotton

Feb. 3, 2016 — Cotton's genetic history is full of surprises. From transoceanic travels to inter-species cross-breedings, cotton’s story is one of plant and seed survival, adaptation, and human cultivation. ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Just as physicists comprehend the origin of the universe by observing the stars and archeologists reconstruct ancient civilizations with the artifacts found today, evolutionary biologists study the ... 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

Warming Ocean May Bring Major Changes for US Northeast Fishery Species

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have released the first multispecies assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species that ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Abolishing the 24-hour clock by knocking out a key gene during development accelerates aging and shortens lifespan by two thirds in mice, but this effect is absent if the gene deletion is delayed ... 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 — Scientists have announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, ... read more

New Zealand's Little Penguins Are Recent Australian Invaders

Feb. 2, 2016 — The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study. Following the recent ... read more

Fishing for Answers About Mercury Consumption

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study has provided the first report on the relationship of brain concentrations of mercury to brain neuropathology and diseases associated with ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Incomplete information is leaving many endangered species off conservation priorities. The majority of species are poorly known, many only from a handful of museum specimens. This makes determining ... 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 — 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

Can Animals Thrive Without Oxygen?

Feb. 1, 2016 — In 2010, a research team garnered attention when it published evidence of finding the first animals living in permanently anoxic conditions at the bottom of the sea. But a new study raises ... 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

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