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Dive-bombing for love: Male hummingbirds dazzle females with a highly synchronized display

When it comes to flirting, animals know how to put on a show. In the bird world, males often go to great lengths to attract female attention, like peacocks shaking their tail feathers and manakins ...

12 hours ago from Phys.org

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Extraordinary 'faithful father' revealed by study of smooth guardian frog of Borneo

Stay-at-home dads might find their spirit animal in the smooth guardian frog of Borneo. A new pair of research papers authored by an investigator at the University of Kansas shows the male of ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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Baboon sexes differ in how social status gets 'under the skin'

A growing body of evidence shows that those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder are more likely to die prematurely than those at the top. The pattern isn't unique to humans: Across many ...

Mon 17 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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Willow tits survive best with support from a flock

Willow tits (Poecile montanus) generally reside in one territorial area throughout their adult lives. But brutal winters in the north kill off many of them. They aren't able to manage well on ...

16 hours ago from Phys.org

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Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention

When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated like one.

Mon 17 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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Plants don't like touch: Green thumb myth dispelled

La Trobe University-led research has found that plants are extremely sensitive to touch and that repeated touching can significantly retard growth.

Mon 17 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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Drones can detect protected nightjar nests

Thermal-sensing cameras mounted on drones may offer a safer and more cost-effective way to locate nests of the elusive European nightjar in forestry work and construction areas, according to ...

Mon 17 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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Research points to chemical and sensory cues that trigger infant-directed aggressive behavior in male mice

It may seem like one of the cruelest aspects of the natural world, but research has shown that infanticide is actually an instinctive behavior in many animals—and Catherine Dulac has begun deciphering ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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SNAPSHOT: Dracula Ants Have Mandibles That Move at 200 MPH

Ready, set…CHOMP! With mandibles that snap at up to 200mph (90 meters per second) Mystrium camillae, otherwise known as a Dracula ant, now holds the new speed record for fastest known animal ...

Wed 12 Dec 18 from Discover Magazine

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Moun­tain birds de­clin­ing in Europe

Population data for European mountain birds had been combined in a recent study, with worrying results: The abundance of mountain-specialist birds has declined by as much as 10 percent since ...

Fri 14 Dec 18 from Phys.org

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