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July 23, 2016

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July 23, 2016

Collective Hum: Buzzing Midges Inspire New Swarm Theory

July 21, 2016 — A team of researchers based in Israel and the US has found a mathematical resemblance between swarm dynamics and gravitational interactions. The study could provide a big leap forward in ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Zebrafish are becoming more and more popular as a research model for human disease. Along with mice and humans, they are one of the most commonly studied animals in biomedical ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Testosterone plays a major role in controlling behavior associated with masculinity in many mammals. In early development, testosterone is involved in the formation and organization of ... read more

Research Highlights the Legal Issues of Certifying Emotional Support Animals

July 12, 2016 — Service animals are recognized by the ADA as those whose training helps them serve a specific disability-related function. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability ... read more

Is the Agile Wallaby Man's New Best Friend?

July 11, 2016 — Looking for a new pet? If so, consider the Agile Wallaby or the Asian Palm Civet. Responding to the growing trend in keeping exotic animals as pets a team of researchers has developed a methodology ... read more

July 7, 2016 — In the study, researchers worked with a species of Old World monkeys, rhesus macaques to reproduce the trial results of RV144, the only HIV vaccine that has been tested and shown to reduce the rate ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Rats, men and cockroaches appear to have a similar GPS in their heads that allows them to navigate new surroundings, researchers have ... read more

The Taming of the Rat

July 6, 2016 — If you worry about having a pet rat in case it bites you, then you can relax. Recent research has found that a domesticated strain of rat selectively bred for tameness almost never bites human ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see activity in ... read more

King Penguins Keep an Ear out for Predators

July 6, 2016 — Sleeping king penguins react differently to the sounds of predators than to non-predators and other sounds, when they are sleeping on the beach. Research has revealed that even asleep, these penguins ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Water fleas can thwart their enemies by growing defensive structures such as helmets and spines. What's more, this predator-induced 'arming' process is not a one-size-fits-all approach ... read more

Could Goats Become Our New Best Friend?

July 5, 2016 — Goats have the capacity to communicate with people like other domesticated animals, such as dogs and horses, according to scientists. The researchers hope the study will lead to a better ... read more

July 4, 2016 — Is honesty really the best policy? Isn't it more beneficial to cheat, if you can get away with it? Not if you're a paper wasp, shows new ... read more

New Technique Helps Link Complex Mouse Behaviors to Genes That Influence Them

July 4, 2016 — Mice are one of the most commonly used laboratory organisms, widely used to study everything from autism to infectious diseases. Yet genomic studies in mice have lagged behind those in humans. In a ... read more

Scamming Nemo: How Cleaning Fish Are the 'Con-Men' of the Coral Reef

July 4, 2016 — Cleaner wrasse perform a cleaning service for coral reef fish -- namely eating parasites off their customer's skin. However, what the females of some species actually want is to lure in clients ... read more

Similarities Found in Bee and Mammal Social Organization

June 30, 2016 — New research shows similarities in the social organization of bees and mammals, and provides insight into the genetics of social behavior for other animals. These findings use sociogenomics -- a ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Anyone who's gone camping has seen birds foraging for picnic crumbs, and according to new research, the availability of food in campgrounds significantly alters jays' behavior and may even ... read more

June 29, 2016 — The grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig's personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species, new research has ... read more

June 28, 2016 — For the first time, a field study shows that social time cues override influence of light and darkness in regulating the natural body clock of honeybees, highlighting the complexity of clock ... read more

June 24, 2016 — Birdsong has long been associated with courtship or competitive behavior. And males were considered to be more active. Now a research team shows that female singing is much more common. They ... read more

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