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May 26, 2017

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May 26, 2017

May 18, 2017 — Spatial capture-recapture model analysis is often used to estimate tiger abundance. A new study, however, finds that dates and times of animal detections are often not factored into the analysis. ... read more

May 16, 2017 — In the first experiments of their kind, researchers found significant discrepancies in data generated when tracking the social behavior of zebrafish in two dimensions as opposed to 3-D. Although the ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Nicotine-laced nectar can speed up a bumblebee's ability to learn flower colors, according to scientists. The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Female fruit flies start headbutting each other after mating, becoming significantly more aggressive and intolerant, research has ... read more

May 11, 2017 — The aquatic environment is full of tantalizing chemicals that can guide a fish to mates or meals. Now, scientists in Japan have identified the olfactory receptor and brain circuitry that picks up the ... read more

May 11, 2017 — A study of fruit fly larvae leads researchers to conclude that nature and nurture do collaborate in determining the behavior of a population. Researchers found a genetic correlation between learning ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Farming crickets for human consumption is less of a burden on the environment than other livestock production systems according to a new study. Results suggest that insect farming systems can be ... read more

The Family Dog Could Help Boost Physical Activity for Kids With Disabilities

May 10, 2017 — The family dog could serve as a partner and ally in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. A case study of one 10-year-old boy with ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Using fruit flies, researchers say they have identified a specific and very small set of brain cells -- dubbed dopamine wedge neurons -- responsible for driving the insects' food preferences ... read more

May 9, 2017 — The relentless roar of natural gas compressors influences the numbers of insects and spiders nearby, triggering decreases in many types of arthropods sensitive to sounds and vibrations, a new study ... read more

May 7, 2017 — Birds of a feather nest together, according to a new study which has found that male great tits choose neighbors with similar personalities to their ... read more

May 4, 2017 — Sheer aggression rather than pure muscle strength often gives hermit crabs living in broken shells the edge during a fight. Crabs living in broken shells value an intact shell and will fight more ... read more

Edible Insects Could Play Key Role in Cutting Harmful Emissions

May 4, 2017 — Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions linked to livestock production, research ... read more

Bravery May Cost Fish Their Lives

May 4, 2017 — Fish that show bravery often become prey themselves, whereas shyer individuals survive to a greater extent. Researchers have now successfully established a connection between bold personalities and ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Within a group of meerkats, call patterns vary with factors including sex, rank and reproductive season -- but not with stress hormones, according to a new ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Scientists have identified a 'princess pheromone' that tells an ant colony when a larva is preparing to become a ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Female Drosophila buzzatii cluster fruit flies may be drawn to the specific courtship songs of males of their own species, according to a new ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Like the father in 'Finding Nemo,' anemonefish dads will do almost anything to support their offspring. Their parenting instincts are so strong that if you give a bachelor anemonefish eggs ... read more

May 2, 2017 — A male cuttlefish fights fiercely to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. A videotape of this encounter, the first time this behavior ... read more

First US Success of Nonhuman Primate Gene Editing

May 1, 2017 — Scientists have shown that gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology can be quite effective in rhesus monkey embryos -- the first time this has been demonstrated in the ... read more

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