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July 24, 2016

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July 14, 2016 — Scientists have shown that newly hatched ducklings can readily acquire the concepts of 'same' and 'different' -- an ability previously known only in highly intelligent animals ... read more

In the Firefly's Flash, Seeking New Insights on Evolution

July 13, 2016 — From loud calls to flashing lights, animals use a wide array of signals to attract mates. Although these signals play a very important role in whether the organisms will mate and reproduce, ... read more

July 13, 2016 — In a new study, scientists have compiled data from museums around the world to find how many Amazonian tree species have been described so far. The answer: 11,676. They also estimate that there are ... read more

Alaska's Shorebirds Exposed to Mercury

July 13, 2016 — Shorebirds breeding in Alaska are being exposed to mercury at levels that could put their populations at risk, according to new ... read more

Longest Study of Great Lakes Region Birds Finds Populations Holding Steady

July 12, 2016 — In three national forests -- the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin and the Superior and Chippewa National Forests in Northern Minnesota -- analysis of more than two decades of data ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Crows are performing a useful function and keeping our environment free from rotting carcasses, research carried ... read more

Invasive Success of the Mosquitofish Is Due to Its Genetic Variability

July 12, 2016 — The mosquitofish is one of the world's 100 most invasive species. To understand its expansion across Europe from Spain -- where it was introduced in the 1920s -- a group of researchers has ... read more

July 12, 2016 — The ability of finches, sparrows, and many other birds to see a visual world hidden to us has just been ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Bamboo worms (family Maldanidae), whose segmentation resembles bamboo, are found in all marine regions. These worms have a reputation for being difficult to identify. However, two new species were ... read more

July 5, 2016 — The floral diversity and repeated shifts in pollination have inspired a series of scientists to study adaptive evolution in the genus. But until now many of the species relationships have been ... read more

July 5, 2016 — The new species is named Calciavis grandei -- with "calci" meaning "hard/stone," and "avis" from the Latin for bird, and "grandei" in honor of famed ... read more

July 5, 2016 — New beetle species and genus from China was reared from legumes. Observed to eat the seeds, it belongs to a tribe, whose members are known to roll hardwood leaves to make nests. The females deposit ... read more

Evolutionary Split Up Without Geographic Barriers

July 5, 2016 — Evolutionary biologists have completed the most extensive study of sympatric speciation so far. They used around 20,000 characteristics of 450 fish to document the parallel evolution of cichlid fish ... read more

July 1, 2016 — Normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the "trees of the ocean" become stressed by high water temperatures, researchers have discovered. Understanding these ... read more

June 30, 2016 — Researchers have described a new genus and species of cavefish from Mexico -- the Oaxaca Cave ... read more

A Hair’s Breadth Away: New Tarantula Species and Genus Honors Gabriel García Márquez

June 29, 2016 — Thanks to its extraordinary defensive hairs, a Colombian tarantula proved itself as not only a new species, but also as a new genus. Its genus' name honors an indigenous people from the ... read more

Conserved microRNAs May Regulate Limb Regeneration in Evolutionarily Distant Species

June 29, 2016 — Several conserved microRNAs, or short, highly conserved noncoding RNAs that are targeted to and inhibit expression of specific genes, may be involved in the regulation of limb regeneration across ... read more

June 29, 2016 — While many think that it is necessary to travel to far off pristine tropical forests to discover new species, the truth is that the Old World still keeps surprises up its sleeve. A new article ... read more

June 28, 2016 — A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new study has ... read more

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