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Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
October 21, 2016

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October 21, 2016

Oct. 18, 2016 — BioSwimmer is a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle equipped to inspect a vessel’s exterior for illicit cargo and contraband, as well as harbor facilities for unwanted ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The oldest known vocal organ of a bird has been found in an Antarctic fossil of a relative of ducks and geese that lived more than 66 million years ago during the age of ... read more

From Unknown to Beardog: Findings Rescue Fossils from 'Trashbin' Genus

Oct. 12, 2016 — A new study identifies two fossils previously thought to be generic carnivorans (a large, diverse order of mammals) as some of the earliest known members of the beardog family. These fossils are from ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — The African naked mole rat is an odd, homely creature with the closest thing to real-life super powers on earth. These small rodents can live for 32 years, they are cancer-resistant, and they are ... read more

Oct. 11, 2016 — Biologists sequencing the genome of the WO virus, which infects the bacterial parasite Wolbachia, have discovered that the phage carries DNA that produces black widow spider toxin: the first time an ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — Mice court one another with ultrasonic love songs that are inaudible to the human ear. New research shows they make these unique high frequency sounds using a mechanism that has only previously been ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — A specialized area of the mosquito brain mixes tastes with smells to create unique and preferred flavors. These findings advance the possibility of identifying a substance that makes "human ... read more

Brewery Wastewater Transformed Into Energy Storage

Oct. 7, 2016 — Engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — The male dark fishing spider is just dying to father some children -- and this death wish probably evolved to benefit his offspring, according to new ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — A spider looking to immigrate to a different environment is three to four times more likely to survive if it goes by itself, as opposed to as part of a group, new research ... read more

Oct. 7, 2016 — How do key innovations in the animal kingdom arise? To explore this question, evolutionary biologists studied Gonatodes, a genus of dwarf geckos. In the process, the researchers found a ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — We all know that the way someone sees the world, and the way it really is, aren't always the same. This ability to recognize that someone's beliefs may differ from reality has long been ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — The tuneful behavior of some songbirds parallels that of human musicians, according to new ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — Fish may have regional accents and communicate differently in different parts of the world, according to a fish ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — A scientist sought a humane way to end the lives of snails in a laboratory. She found a dip in a few ounces of beer or a 5 percent ethyl alcohol solution sedates the snails. Then they don't ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Bumblebees can learn to pull strings for food and pass on the ability to a colony, according to new ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — While new ant species are usually discovered in surveys involving researchers searching through leaf litter, it turns out that sifting through the stomach contents of insect-eating frogs might prove ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — In the amphibian world, the axolotl is the replacement-parts king. This endangered Mexican salamander serves as its own NAPA store for lost body parts, able to fully regenerate limbs, tail, heart, ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — An incredibly advanced hearing system which enables a group of insects to listen to the same sound twice with each ear, helping them to locate the sound’s origin with pinpoint accuracy, has been ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Megalolamna paradoxodon is the name of a new extinct shark described by an international research team who based their discovery on fossilized teeth up to 4.5 centimeters (1.8 inches) tall found from ... read more

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