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Bite to the death: Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids

They may be tiny and stingless but there's nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native Sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive.

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Campaign blunts Vietnamese demand for rhino horn

Polls suggest that Vietnam is losing its taste for rhino horn, but rhino poaching is still on course to break records again this year

Mon 20 Oct 14 from Newscientist

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Built-in billboards: Male bluefin killifish signal different things with different fins

They help fish swim, but fins also advertise a fish's social standing and health. In a new study, researchers report that for the male bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei), each colorful fin presents ...

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John Lennon commemorated by naming a new tarantula species from South America after him

A newly described tarantula species from Western Brazilian Amazonia was named Bumba lennoni in honor of John Lennon, a founder member of the legendary band the Beatles. The new species is part ...

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Later supper for blackbirds in the city: Artificial light gives birds longer to forage for food

Artificial light increases foraging time in blackbirds. Birds in city centres are active not just considerably earlier, but also for longer than their relatives in darker parts of the city. ...

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Male brains 'wired to ignore food in favour of sex'

Male brains are wired to choose sex over food, new scientific research suggests.

Fri 17 Oct 14 from The Independent

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Sperm wars: Evolutionary biologist compiles international special issue on sperm competition

Why do male animals need millions of sperms every day in order to reproduce? And why are there two sexes anyway? These and related questions are the topic of the latest issue of the research ...

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Lays Eggs Inside Caterpillars and Turns Them Into Slaves

Few parasitoids are more bizarre or disturbing than the wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles, whose females inject their eggs into living caterpillars. Once inside, the larvae mature, feeding on ...

Fri 17 Oct 14 from Wired Science

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Zoologger: Shy lemurs communicate using toilet trees

White-footed sportive lemurs are lazy, nocturnal and avoid family life, but by visiting the same toilet, manage to keep in touch with each other

Thu 16 Oct 14 from Newscientist

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That pregnant feeling makes a fly start nesting

Across the animal kingdom, it's not uncommon for pregnancy to change an expectant mom's behavior. Even female flies have their own rudimentary way of "nesting," which appears to be brought on ...

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