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Social cues are key to vocal learning in birds and babies

When a baby bird learns a song, is it simply mimicking and practicing its father's tune? Or do chicks learn by first putting out nonsensical sounds – akin to a human infant's babble – which ...

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How fear alone can cause animal extinction

Researchers have discovered that the fear of predators causes flies to spend less time eating, more time being vigilant, have less sex, and produce fewer offspring. 

Mon 24 Jul 17 from

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New non-photosynthesizing plant species discovered on Ishigaki island, Japan

A new species of non-photosynthesizing parasitic plant, Sciaphila sugimotoi, has been discovered on the subtropical island of Ishigaki in Okinawa, Japan. The research team responsible for this ...

Tue 25 Jul 17 from

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Research showing how nematodes use smell to select new insect hosts could improve biological control of crop pests

Tiny eel-like creatures called nematodes are surrounding us. While they can be free-living (a cup of soil or seawater contains thousands), the most well-known nematodes are the parasitic kind ...

Mon 24 Jul 17 from

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Spider’s web uses optical illusion to lure nocturnal moths

The lace sheet weaver builds a web that seems to fool moths into thinking they are flying into open space – instead of into a trap

Fri 21 Jul 17 from Newscientist

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5 Comic Book Superpowers That Really Exist in Animals

Evolution has been occurring for billions of years, producing organisms that are perfectly adapted to their environments. And this includes abilities that we would normally consider superpowers ...

Mon 24 Jul 17 from Livescience

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The rather rude sounds of an elephant seal

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

Mon 24 Jul 17 from BBC News

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Fire ants build towers with three simple rules

Fire ants use the same set of simple rules to produce static rafts and perpetually moving towers.

Fri 21 Jul 17 from ScienceNews

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UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

Wed 19 Jul 17 from BBC News

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Cecil the Lion's Son Shot Dead, 2 Years After His Father

The 6-year-old son of Cecil the Lion was shot and killed on July 7 just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, meeting the same end his father did in 2015.

Thu 20 Jul 17 from Livescience

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