Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
May 30, 2017

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More Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
May 30, 2017

May 17, 2017 — Biomarkers in the teeth of wild orangutans indicate nursing patterns related to food fluctuations in their habitats, which can help guide understanding of breast-feeding evolution in humans, ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Algal blooms deplete oxygen in lakes, produce toxins, and end up killing aquatic life in the lake. Researchers are tracing the role of bird feces, which are rich in phosphorus and ... read more

Good Grief! Losing a Friend Brings Wild Birds Closer Together

May 17, 2017 — Instead of grieving, wild birds appear to adjust to the loss of a flockmate by increasing both the number and intensity of their relationships with other birds, new research ... read more

Why a Crackly Crust Is Essential to a Baguette's Aroma and Taste

May 17, 2017 — An authentic French baguette is one of those key staples that foodies hunt for. Now scientists have gained new insight into why a crisp crust is a must for this quintessential bread. They report ... read more

May 17, 2017 — The giant Tyrannosaurus rex pulverized bones by biting down with forces equaling the weight of three small cars while simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, according to a new ... read more

May 16, 2017 — 3-D printed bioprosthetic mouse ovaries restored fertility in infertile mice and produced healthy mouse pups. The mothers also were able to nurse their pups. The research is targeted to women whose ... read more

Don't Count on Your Chickens Counting

May 16, 2017 — To understand numbers, you need culture, says a cognitive scientist. He argues against the current conventional wisdom that numerical cognition is biologically ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Human teeth evolved from the same genes that make the teeth of pufferfish, new research concludes. This research, say investigators, could be used to help address tooth loss in ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Only a few animal species such as New Caledonian crows or some primates have so far been found to habitually use tools. Even fewer can manufacture their own tools. Nevertheless, the Goffin's ... read more

May 15, 2017 — Female fruit flies start headbutting each other after mating, becoming significantly more aggressive and intolerant, research has ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Smart glass, transitional lenses and mood rings are not the only things made of liquid crystals; mucus, slug slime and cell membranes also contain them. Now, a team of researchers is trying to better ... read more

May 11, 2017 — Farming crickets for human consumption is less of a burden on the environment than other livestock production systems according to a new study. Results suggest that insect farming systems can be ... read more

May 9, 2017 — It is becoming more and more appreciated that a major part of the biologic activity is not going on at the ground surface, but is hidden underneath the soil down to depths of several kilometres in an ... read more

Edible Insects Could Play Key Role in Cutting Harmful Emissions

May 4, 2017 — Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions linked to livestock production, research ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Like the father in 'Finding Nemo,' anemonefish dads will do almost anything to support their offspring. Their parenting instincts are so strong that if you give a bachelor anemonefish eggs ... read more

Turning Chicken Feces, Weeds Into Biofuel

May 3, 2017 — Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to ... read more

May 3, 2017 — Imagine a raincoat that heals a scratch by shedding the part of the outer layer that's damaged. To create such a material, scientists have turned to nature for inspiration. They report a ... read more

May 2, 2017 — Chickens were domesticated from Asian jungle fowl around 6,000 years ago. Since domestication they have acquired a number of traits that are valuable to humans, including those concerning appearance, ... read more

May 2, 2017 — Young mongooses may conceal their identity -- even from their own parents -- to survive. Killing of pups is common in mongoose social groups, and researchers believe offspring may do best if they ... read more

May 2, 2017 — A male cuttlefish fights fiercely to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. A videotape of this encounter, the first time this behavior ... read more

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