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Empathetic budgies yawn when they see their peers do the same

Your budgie isn't bored, it just finds yawning as contagious as you do. These common pets are the first non-mammals in which yawning has been caught spreading

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In battle of the sexes, a single night with a New York male is enough to kill

Men and women often enter relationships with different long-term goals. In the animal world, differences in approaches to reproductive success can lead to sexual conflict.

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One to ovoid? Using 3-D printing, researchers can study what causes birds to reject eggs with greater precision

Old-school field work meets cutting-edge technology! For decades, researchers have been making artificial eggs out of plaster, wood, and other materials to test how birds identify and reject ...

Tue 26 May 15 from

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Poachers kill half Mozambique's elephants in five years, survey finds

Poachers have killed nearly half of Mozambique's elephants for their ivory in the past five years, the US based Wildlife Conservation Society said Tuesday.

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How longhorned beetles find Mr. Right

A longhorned beetle's sexy scent might make a female perk up her antennae. But when the males of several species all smell the same, a female cannot choose by cologne alone.

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Study tackles evolution mystery of animal, plant warning cues for survival

Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately ...

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Highly endangered 100-year-old turtle given last chance to breed

A female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) - potentially the last female of her species - has been artificially inseminated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The procedure, an international ...

Wed 27 May 15 from

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Researchers find migration risks likely led to drab colored female birds

( trio of researchers with Trinity University in Texas has found that the development of dimorphism (physical differences between male and females of the same species) in songbirds ...

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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Lego toys hold clues to new movie

The "Ant-Man" Lego miniature fiigures might reveal plot points in the upcoming Marvel movie. So don't look too carefully at the new "Final Battle" set if you want to be surprised at what's to ...

Tue 26 May 15 from CNET

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Spiders strum on leaves for love

Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.

Fri 22 May 15 from BBC News

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