Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
July 5, 2015

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More Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
July 5, 2015

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have peered into the eye-like structure of single-celled marine plankton called warnowiids and found it contains many of the components of a complex ... read more

July 1, 2015 — When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought. Certain types of stem cells use microscopic, threadlike nanotubes to ... read more

July 1, 2015 — An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light -- the ... read more

June 30, 2015 — Researchers have produced cell-to-cell communication in baker's yeast -- a first step in learning to build multicellular organisms or artificial organs from ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Trees that can tolerate soil pollution are also better at defending themselves against pests and pathogens. 'It looks like the very act of tolerating chemical pollution may give trees an ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of humans alone, but a new study has revealed that babbler birds are also able to ... read more

June 26, 2015 — When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat. Researchers monitored brain activity in rats, first as the animals viewed food in a location they could not ... read more

June 25, 2015 — You might think that young children would first learn to recognize sounds and then learn how those categories of sounds fit together into words. But that isn't how it works. Rather, kids learn ... read more

June 24, 2015 — Glowing corals that display a surprising array of colors have been discovered in the deep water reefs of the Red ... read more

June 24, 2015 — The first species of yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems of the East Scotia Ridge in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, has been described. This Yeti Crab is famous for its body, which is densely ... read more

June 24, 2015 — South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new 200-million-year-old dinosaur from South Africa hidden for decades among the largest fossil collection in South ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A few years ago biologists found that a prominent change in pigeon plumage, head crests, could be traced to a mutation in a single gene. Now the research team has found an almost exact repeat in the ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A recent study explores the ability of a common coral reef organism to eviscerate and regenerate its gut within 12 days and rebuild its filtration organ, the branchial sac, within 19 days. ... read more

The Physics of Swimming Fish

June 23, 2015 — Fish may seem to glide effortlessly through the water, but the tiny ripples they leave behind are evidence of a constant give-and-take of energy between the swimmer and its aqueous environment -- a ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Scientists considered that it’s high time to finally scientifically characterize sahti beer. The sweet and strong sahti with its exceptionally rich combination of fruity flavors has been brewed in ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have analyzed size data for rodents worldwide to distinguish the truly massive mice and giant gerbils from the regular-sized rodents. They found that the furry animals with chisel-like ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Chemists and biologists have succeeded in designing and synthesizing an artificial cell membrane capable of sustaining continual growth, just like a living ... read more

Bass Use Body's Swimming Muscles to Suck in Food

June 22, 2015 — Bass are strong swimmers but they can't capture prey without also exerting a powerful suction into their mouths. A new study shows that the power to form that vacuum comes from the very same ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays a key role in cellular ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Through a rare mixed-species association observed between a carnivorous predator and a potential prey, biologists have identified that solitary Ethiopian wolves will forage for rodents among grazing ... read more

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