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Hundreds of endangered wild snow leopards are killed each year

Cattle herders kill even more leopards than poachers, in revenge for livestock attacks. So helping them protect their animals could save the rare mountain cats  

19 hours ago from Newscientist

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Amazonian frog has its own ant repellent

Special chemicals covering the skin of a tiny yellow-striped Amazonian frog provide a protective shield that wards off leaf-cutting ants allowing it to live comfortably among them. "It helps ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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'Mean girl' meerkats can make twice as much testosterone as males

Testosterone. It's often lauded as the hormone that makes males bigger, bolder, stronger.

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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Windsurfing swans—an overlooked phenomenon

It is well-known that birds can fly, swim and walk, but now there is scientific evidence that birds also can windsurf. Olle Terenius from the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University ...

10 hours ago from

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Tasmanian devil fights back against face cancer: study

Scientists reported Wednesday the first evidence that the immune systems of wild Tasmanian devils can fight back against the contagious face cancer that has pushed the species to the brink ...

Wed 19 Oct 16 from

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Triploid flowering pears reduce self-sowing

Flowering pear trees are popular additions to landscapes across much of the United States. The attractive ornamentals are favored for their abundance of white flowers, showy fall color, broad ...

Wed 19 Oct 16 from

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Mice’s love songs go wrong when ‘language gene’ is messed up

The FOXP2 gene probably helped us evolve speech when we split from chimpanzees. But tinkering with the gene in mice affects their communication too

Thu 20 Oct 16 from Newscientist

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Uncertainty about your social rank might be bad for your health

Having strong social connections has many benefits, from splitting the tab on a pizza to having someone with whom to binge watch Netflix. But for rhesus macaque monkeys at the California National ...

Thu 20 Oct 16 from

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All-female hybrid fish species ?uses? males for better genetics

Some species are comprised of female-only members, giving themselves a competitive advantage over species that produce both male and female offspring. Since the females are capable of bearing ...

Mon 17 Oct 16 from

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Much ado about poo: Feces fuels Hawaii feral feline debate

Two wildlife issues have collided in Hawaii, pitting one group of animal defenders against another in an impassioned debate. The point of contention? Deadly cat poop and the feral felines that ...

Mon 17 Oct 16 from

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