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Zoologger: Octopus mum broods for record-breaking time

A deep-sea octopus was seen brooding her eggs for four and a half years without a break to eat – the longest brooding period of any animal

3 hours ago from Newscientist

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Vocal variety in African penguins: Four basic vocalizations used for adult communication, two more for the young

Adult African penguins communicate using four different vocalizations and juveniles and chicks use two begging calls to request food, according to a study published July 30, 2014 in the open-access ...

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When cooperation counts: Researchers find sperm benefit from grouping together in mice

Everybody knows the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and now Harvard researchers have evidence that sperm have been taking the familiar axiom to heart.

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Researchers find selective eaters less likely to be eaten

New research has found that dietary specialization among herbivores, specifically caterpillars, indicates whether or not they are better able to hide themselves from predators such as birds. ...

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Supportive moms and sisters boost female baboon's rank

A study of dominance in female baboons suggests that the route to a higher rank is to maintain close ties with mom, and to have lots of supportive sisters.

23 hours ago from

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Bees able to spot which flowers offer best rewards before landing

Bumblebees are able to connect differences in pollen quality with floral features, like petal colour, and so land only on the flowers that offer the best rewards, according to a new study by ...

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Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure

A team of biology researchers with members from Australia, the U.S., Czech Republic and the U.K. has found a correlation between eggshell color and thickness and the amount of light that shines ...

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Birds' turns match math of quantum matter

Equations that describe superfluidity may explain how information about which way and when to turn spreads in a starling flock.

1 hours ago from ScienceNews

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Where did these hybrid fish come from?

Study of swordtails in Mexico may offer a new way to think about cross-species mating

Fri 25 Jul 14 from Science Now

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How Texas Man Survived 1,000 Killer Bees

It turns out Africanized honeybees are not as deadly as their name, killer bees, may suggest.

Mon 28 Jul 14 from

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