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Ultra-violet experiment confirms “Darwin’s moths”

First observed instance of natural selection in action is proven from an avian perspective. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

2 hours ago from Cosmos Magazine

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Biologists study swift evolutionary changes in acorn-dwelling insects

The relatively swift adaptability of tiny, acorn-dwelling ants to warmer environments could help scientists predict how other species might evolve in the crucible of global climate change.

Fri 17 Aug 18 from

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Genetically modified mosquitoes may be best weapon for curbing disease transmission

Mosquitoes are some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. They carry viruses, bacteria and parasites, which they transmit through bites, infecting some 700 million people and killing more ...

50 minutes ago from Medical Xpress

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Image of the Day: The Long and Short of It

For flycatchers, the attractiveness of male birds is tied to the length of their sperm.

4 hours ago from The Scientist

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Plasticine caterpillars show how birds could protect crops

Although the scent of freshly-cut grass may seem nice, what you're actually smelling is a distress signal. Thanks to a recent-conducted study, scientists from the University of Delaware ...

Wed 15 Aug 18 from Gizmag

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Gender roles in war play out by the numbers

When evolution and mathematics combine, bloodshed results. Nick Carne reports.

Sun 19 Aug 18 from Cosmos Magazine

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Why we're watching the giant Australian cuttlefish

Australia is home to the world's only known site where cuttlefish gather to mate en masse.

Wed 15 Aug 18 from

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Scientists examine how plants protect themselves by emitting scent cues for birds

When plants are in distress or being fed on by insects, they have been known to send out sensory volatile cues that alert organisms in the area—such as birds—that they are in need of help. While ...

Tue 14 Aug 18 from

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Cancer-fighting drugs also help plants fight disease

Cancer-fighting drugs used on humans can help plants fight disease as well. That discovery, by two Washington State University plant pathologists, could help scientists develop new pathways ...

Tue 14 Aug 18 from

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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Thu 16 Aug 18 from

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