Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
July 29, 2016

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More Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
July 29, 2016

July 19, 2016 — Ants employ a few simple and flexible rules to ensure that moving a colony to a new nest does not end in chaos, especially if this is done over some distance. A new study indicates that when it comes ... read more

July 15, 2016 — Scientists have discovered the real reason turtles have shells. While many thought turtle shells were for protection, new findings show that the shells were actually for digging underground to escape ... read more

July 15, 2016 — A new hypothesis on the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites at the end of the Cretaceous Period has been proposed by a research ... read more

July 14, 2016 — A team of researchers has for the first time begun to quantify the economic and social impact of bringing back large carnivores. Using cougars and their value in reducing deer-vehicle collisions as a ... read more

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

July 14, 2016 — Biophysics: As they age, more and more defects arise in most organisms. Researchers have discovered that microorganisms like bacteria can keep a colony young by practicing a common strategy for ... read more

It's All in the Genes: New Research Reveals Why Some Chickens Are Resistant to Bird Flu

July 14, 2016 — The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed. Until now, scientists around the world have paid little attention to the ... read more

July 14, 2016 — American black bears may be able to recognize things they know in real life, such as pieces of food or humans, when looking at a photograph of the same thing. This is one of the findings of a study ... read more

July 14, 2016 — The very first bony fish on Earth was susceptible to arthritis, according to a new discovery that may fast-track therapeutic research in preventing or easing the nation's most common cause of ... read more

July 14, 2016 — Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of a different type -- the one that got away. This insect ... read more

July 13, 2016 — The immune system affects -- and even controls -- social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and ... read more

Discovery of New Strains of the HTLV-4 Virus in Hunters Bitten by Gorillas in Gabon

July 13, 2016 — Scientists have identified two new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in two hunters who were bitten by gorillas in Gabon. These findings support the notion that gorillas represent a major source of ... read more

July 13, 2016 — An analysis of ant colony behavior could yield better algorithms for network communication, say investigators. Biologists have long suspected that ants base their population-density estimates on the ... read more

July 13, 2016 — New findings reveal the genetic basis of how cavefish have adapted to their extreme environment, information that might one day lead to new kinds of treatments for diabetes and other ... read more

Spit Personality

July 13, 2016 — In the name of spit science, Douglas Granger and his colleagues have collected saliva samples from a restless polar bear, a college marching band and Navy medics dodging bullets in simulated combat. ... read more

July 12, 2016 — A technique that allows humanmade DNA shapes to be placed wherever desired -- to within a margin of error of just 20 nanometers -- now removes a major hurdle for the large-scale integration of ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Imagine rolling your eyes to help you see more clearly. Although it wouldn't work for humans, new research has shown mantis shrimp use eye rotations to enhance their polarization ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Researchers have found a way to pinpoint the positions of individual molecules while at the same time measuring their activity and interactions in the same living cell. A dedicated cooling protocol ... 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 11, 2016 — Graphene, a two-dimensional wonder-material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms linked in a hexagonal chicken-wire pattern, has attracted intense interest for its phenomenal ability to conduct ... read more

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