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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

How Habitat Destruction Figures in Long-Term Survival Plans

Feb. 21, 2017 — Some organisms might have an interesting strategy for long-term survival: switching between two unsustainable forms of behaviour that, when kept unchecked, can actually cause them to wipe out their ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists from India have discovered seven new frog species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs. This find is a result of five years of extensive explorations in the ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientific findings are awaiting discovery in your backyard. The requirement? A keen sense of observation and patience. A researcher recently completed a study on moles' behavior that proves the ... read more

Molecular Biology: Fingerprinting Cell Identities

Feb. 21, 2017 — Every cell has its own individual molecular fingerprint, which is informative for its functions and regulatory states. Researchers have now carried out a comprehensive comparison of methodologies ... read more

Pest Ant Control Improved With Water-Resistant Bait

Feb. 20, 2017 — Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers. A comparison study shows a water-resistant ant bait ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Researchers have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According ... read more

Those Who Help Each Other Can Invade Harsher Environments

Feb. 20, 2017 — Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the ... read more

More Warm-Dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ... read more

'Tully Monster' Mystery Is Far from Solved, Group Argues

Feb. 20, 2017 — Last year, news headlines declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a ... read more

Feb. 19, 2017 — The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to an ... read more

Speciation Is Not All About Good Looks: For Stick Insects, the Right Partner Should Smell Good Too

Feb. 17, 2017 — An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect ... read more

Egg-Free Surrogate Chickens Produced in Bid to Save Rare Breeds

Feb. 17, 2017 — Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance -- using gene-editing techniques -- could help to boost breeding of ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep ... read more

Using Historical Herbarium Specimens to Track Heavy Metal Pollution in the Eastern United States

Feb. 17, 2017 — Plant specimens stored in herbaria are being used to explore important ecological questions. Researchers have now shown the effectiveness of herbarium specimens of herbaceous plants to track changes ... read more

Gene Editing Can Complement Traditional Food-Animal Improvements

Feb. 17, 2017 — Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Biomedical engineers have developed imaging technology that is the first to see DNA 'blink,' or fluoresce. The tool enables researchers to study individual biomolecules (DNA, chromatin, ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say ... read more

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