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May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Apr. 20, 2016 — The ability to adapt to changes in the environment is key to survival, but this type of behavioral flexibility is often impaired in older individuals. A study in mice shows that the age-related ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Baboons learn about food locations socially through monitoring the behavior of those around them. While proximity to others is the key to acquiring information, research shows that accessing food ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Specific combinations of gut bacteria produce substances that affect myelin content and cause social avoidance behaviors in mice, report ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Wild bumblebees are born with the ability to remove pollen from nectarless flowers using high-frequency vibrations, researchers have found. This study is the first to show that the ability to vibrate ... read more

Apr. 15, 2016 — Scientists have described three new species of mouse lemurs. They live in the South and East of Madagascar and increase the number of known mouse lemur species to 24. As little as 20 years ago, only ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Researchers have developed a behavioral model that explains the complexity and diversity of social hierarchies in ants, and which scientists believe may help us understand the nature of other animal ... read more

Apr. 14, 2016 — Researchers have cracked the secret of the internal, genetically encoded compass that millions of monarch butterflies use to determine the direction -- southwest -- they should fly each fall to reach ... read more

Animal Model for Pediatric Brain Tumor Created

Apr. 13, 2016 — Research scientists have developed a model to explore therapies for a pediatric brain tumor known as choroid plexus ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — The globally increasing light pollution has negative effects on organisms and entire ecosystems. The consequences are especially hard on nocturnal insects, since their attraction to artificial light ... read more

New Way to Smell a Rat Means End for Rodents

Apr. 11, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new way to exterminate rats by identifying and synthetically replicating the male brown rat's sex pheromone. The chemical is a powerful attractant for luring female ... read more

Banned EU Pesticide Affects Learning of Honeybees but Not Bumblebees

Apr. 6, 2016 — A banned EU pesticide affects the learning of honeybees but not bumblebees, scientists have discovered. This has important implications for global regulatory assessments because they generally use ... read more

New Microscope Controls Brain Activity of Live Animals

Apr. 5, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have developed a microscope capable of observing -- and manipulating -- neural activity in the brains of live animals at the scale of a single cell with millisecond ... read more

Blueberries May Offer Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Apr. 5, 2016 — In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — In studying the eating behavior of fruit flies, scientists have discovered a set of throat neurons that regulate food intake based on how hungry the flies are and whether they've had enough ... read more

Salmon Are Less Aggressive in Tanks With Darker Backgrounds

Mar. 30, 2016 — Coho salmon may be four times less aggressive in tanks with darker backgrounds than in tanks with light backgrounds, according to a new study ... read more

Mar. 30, 2016 — More than 20 species of macaques, the most widely distributed nonhuman primates in the world, socialize in lively troops and make frequent appearances on National Geographic documentaries. But, what ... read more

Psychotherapy for Depressed Rats Shows Genes Aren't Destiny

Mar. 29, 2016 — Genes are not destiny in determining whether a person will suffer from depression, reports a new study. Nurture can override nature. When rats genetically bred for depression received the equivalent ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Variation in social organization and behavior of highly social animals like cichlids is primarily explained by predation risk and related ecological factors. This stresses the significance of ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at ... read more

Mar. 25, 2016 — Bees can use sophisticated signals to warn their nestmates about the level of danger from predators attacking foragers or the nest, according to a new study. Biologists found that an Asian species of ... read more

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