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Trapdoor spiders disappearing from Australian landscape

Recent surveys by Australian scientists have identified an apparent significant decline in the numbers of trapdoor spiders across southern Australia

Fri 9 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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The world's oldest known seabird is expecting—again

The world's oldest known seabird is expecting—again.

Fri 9 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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High altitudes hamper hummingbirds' ability to manoeuvre

Hummingbirds' ability to accelerate and turn diminishes at high altitudes, but it isn't a lack of oxygen to the body that limits the birds' performance—it's physics.

Thu 8 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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Thousands of geese die after landing in toxic US water

Thousands of migrating geese have died after taking refuge from a snowstorm in toxic mine waters in the western United States, mine officials have said.

Wed 7 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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Watch: Baby Rhino Shot by Poachers Rescued

Wed 7 Dec 16 from National Geographic

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Pavlov's plants? Research suggests animal learning in veggies

Pavlov's conditioning experiments with dogs are one of the most well-known studies in scientific history, and now research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) has shown that ...

Thu 8 Dec 16 from Gizmag

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Migrating birds pile up along Great Lakes' shores

Birds prefer to migrate at night—so much so that if day breaks while they're over water, they'll turn back toward the nearest shore rather than pressing on. That's the key finding of a new study ...

Wed 7 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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Can bird feeders do more harm than good?

Many bird lovers put out feeders full of seed for their feathered friends—but those feeders may also attract predators that eat eggs and nestlings. The researchers behind a new study in The ...

Wed 7 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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Foraging differences let closely related seabirds coexist

How do seabirds share habitat when food is limited? In the case of frigatebirds, size differences drive them to seek different prey. A study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances uses new technology ...

Wed 7 Dec 16 from Phys.org

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Longer ‘penis’ drives evolution of bigger brains in female fish

Experiments that grew mosquito fish with longer sperm-delivery organs led to females with larger brains – possibly to better avoid male harassment

Thu 8 Dec 16 from Newscientist

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