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Will 'Flappy Bird' Return To App Stores?

Will 'Flappy Bird' Return To App Stores?

Newsy (Mar. 20, 2014) "Flappy Bird" creator Dong Nguyen hinted via Twitter about the app's return. He removed "Flappy Bird" because he considered it too addictive. Video provided by Newsy
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How Did Flightless Birds Spread Across The World?

How Did Flightless Birds Spread Across The World?

Newsy (May 22, 2014) A new DNA study compared an extinct 800-pound bird from Madagascar with a chicken-sized bird from New Zealand. Who could've guessed they're related? Video provided by Newsy
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Kiwi Birds Not Related To Emus After All, Study Says

Kiwi Birds Not Related To Emus After All, Study Says

Newsy (May 25, 2014) New research finds the flightless bird's closest relative is the massive elephant bird. Video provided by Newsy
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Likely Case of Bird Flu Spread by Humans Reported

Likely Case of Bird Flu Spread by Humans Reported

AFP (Aug. 7, 2013) Experts say there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission after Chinese scientists reported the first likely case of direct person-to-person transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed over 40 people since March.
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Bones of a Previously Unknown Species Prove to Be One of the Oldest Seabirds

Jan. 30, 2014 Fossils discovered in Canterbury, New Zealand reveal the nature of one of the world's oldest flying seabirds. Thought to have lived between 60.5 and 61.6 million years ago, the fossil is ... full story
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No Two Lark Sparrows Are Alike (at Least When It Comes to Migration Habits)

July 3, 2014 A new study conducted by researchers who used geolocators to track birds migration journey, shows that migration flyways and winter destinations of sparrows are unique to each ... full story
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Antioxidants Essential for Bird Embryo Growth

Oct. 15, 2013 As children we are told the importance of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, but now scientists have confirmed that antioxidants found in these food groups are essential for the growth of bird ... full story
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Negative Effects of Road Noises on Migratory Birds

Nov. 6, 2013 A new study shows that the negative effects of roads on wildlife are largely because of traffic ... full story
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Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

July 17, 2014 Scientists have found a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections, which could be useful for expert and amateur bird-watchers ... full story
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A Million Bird Observations Confirm That Northern Species Are Rapidly Retreating Northward: Finnish Study

Apr. 23, 2014 Bird populations in Finland have shifted northward by an average of 45 km between the 1970s and the 2010s due, in particular, to climate change. Before this, the effects of climate change have been ... full story
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$200 Bird Scaring Line for Trawlers Can Cut Albatross Deaths by Over 90 Percent

May 6, 2014 The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets. New ... full story
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Age-Old Relationship Between Birds and Flowers: World’s Oldest Fossil of a Nectarivorous Bird

May 27, 2014 Scientists have described the oldest known fossil of a pollinating bird. The well-preserved stomach contents contained pollen from various flowering plants. This indicates that the relationship ... full story
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World Ranking Tracks Evolutionary Distinctness of Birds

Apr. 10, 2014 The world's first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of extinction has been published by a team of international scientists. These birds include a cave-dwelling bird that is so ... full story
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Missing Hormone in Birds: Leptin Found in Mallard Duck, Peregrine Falcon and Zebra Finch

Mar. 24, 2014 How does the Arctic tern (a sea bird) fly more than 80,000 miles in its roundtrip North Pole-to-South Pole migration? How does the Emperor penguin incubate eggs for months during the Antarctic winter ... full story
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Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed 70 Years After Excavation

Apr. 2, 2014 Scientists digitally reconstructed a model of a dinosaur chase using photos of theropod and sauropod footprints excavated 70 years ago. As one of the most famous set of dinosaur tracks in the world, ... full story
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DNA Barcodes Made of 147 Bird Species from The Netherlands

Dec. 30, 2013 An Iranian ornithologist used a "ready for use" museum collection to DNA barcode 147 bird species from The Netherlands. While fast and accurate identifications could be confirmed for most ... full story
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Terror Bird's Beak Was Worse Than Its Bite: 'Terror Bird' Was Probably a Herbivore

Aug. 29, 2013 Analysis of fossilized remains of the two meter tall terror bird (Gastornis) indicate that was unlikely to have been a ... full story
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Birds Appear to Lack Important Anti-Inflammatory Protein

Sep. 16, 2013 Bird diseases can have a vast impact on humans, so understanding their immune systems can be a benefit for people. An important element in the immune system of many animals is the protein TTP, which ... full story
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Veeries Very Quiet When Owls Are About

July 30, 2013 Study shows birds eavesdrop on owls and change their dusk singing patterns to avoid becoming potential prey. If you hear an owl hooting at dusk, don't expect to catch the flute-like song of a ... full story
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Habitat Loss, Not Poison, Better Explains Grassland Bird Decline

June 23, 2014 Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, ... full story
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Changing Energy Habits May Have a Simple Solution

May 19, 2014 What makes people use less energy? For many, it's the cost: economic, environmental or both. Costs are only made clear, though, in a monthly utility bill. And that's something millions of ... full story
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Constructed Wetlands Save Frogs, Birds Threatened With Extinction

Jan. 21, 2014 Over the last few decades, several thousands of wetlands have been constructed in Sweden in agricultural landscapes. The primary reason is that the wetlands prevent a surfeit of nutrients from ... full story
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Special Wildlife Scheme Beats Organic at Boosting Birds

Dec. 6, 2013 Threatened farmland birds are likely to survive the winter better on conventional farms with specially designed wildlife habitats than on organic farms without. The 'Conservation Grade' ... full story
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Signalers Vs. Strong Silent Types: Sparrows Exude Personalities During Fights

Dec. 3, 2013 Some song sparrows are more effusive than others in defending territory. New findings show consistent individual differences not only for how aggressive individual song sparrows are but also for how ... full story
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