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Life in the fast lane: Ecologists say dispersal ability linked to plants' life cycles

Though mostly rooted in the ground, plants have a number of innovative ways to disperse their seeds and get on with the business of propagation. They drop seeds or release them to the wind. ...

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Flatworms found to win most battles with harvestmen

A trio of researchers with Universidade de São Paulo has documented evidence of flatworms and harvestmen engaging in battle in the forests of Brazil. In their paper published in the Journal ...

Fri 15 Jun 18 from

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Endocrine-disrupting pesticides impair frog reproduction

In a new study, researchers from Sweden and Britain have investigated how the endocrine-disrupting substance linuron affects reproduction in the West African clawed frog, Xenopus tropicalis. ...

Thu 14 Jun 18 from

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When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?

Charge! THAT the best form of defence is attack is an old maxim. In reality, it is frequently untrue; running away is a far better option. But it seems to be the approach taken by pilot ...

Thu 14 Jun 18 from The Economist

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Environmental threats put bumblebee queens under pressure

Spring is a busy time for bumblebee queens.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from

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Clever bees can identify different flowers by patterns of scent

New research led by scientists from the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London has revealed that bumblebees can tell flowers apart by patterns of scent.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from

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Sea urchins see with their feet

Sea urchins lack eyes, but can see with their tentacle-like tube feet instead, previous research has indicated. Now, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have tested their vision in a new ...

Tue 12 Jun 18 from

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The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits

Single parent males generally do worse, probably because they are not able to keep their chicks warm. Their findings are published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from

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Nest's smart home security system receives $100 price cut

If you've been looking for a smart home security system but balked at most systems' high price tags, Nest has you covered today.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from Techspot

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Scientists find 'patterns in the noise' that could help make more accurate crop performance predictions

New research led by an Iowa State University agronomist identifies clear patterns in how plants react to different environments that could lead to new ways of predicting crop performance.

Tue 12 Jun 18 from

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