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Female blue tits sing in the face of danger

Birdsong has long been associated with courtship or competitive behaviour. And males were often considered to be a more active singing partner than females. A team of researchers from the Vetmeduni ...

Fri 24 Jun 16 from

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New discoveries on evolution can save endangered species

Traditionally, the evolutionary development of an insect species has been explained by the notion that the female insect chooses her male partner based on size and other factors, so-called assortative ...

Thu 23 Jun 16 from

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Sex with the lights on: Sexual selection increases the number of species and impacts global diversity

When you're a firefly, finding "the one" can change the world. Literally. A new study by UCSB evolutionary biologists Todd Oakley and Emily Ellis demonstrates that for fireflies, octopuses and ...

Thu 23 Jun 16 from

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Sex, maggots, castration and politicians lead to this year's Golden Goose Award

This is a story about flesh-eating maggots, politicians, castration and the sex life of the screwworm although not necessarily in that order. It also involves one particular Golden ...

Wed 22 Jun 16 from Gizmag

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There is a new dog breed, and it needs all the hugs

The American Kennel Club introduced the 190th dog breed this week: a whimsical, hard-working herding pooch called the Pumi. The Pumi comes to us all the way from Hungary, and will ...

Thu 23 Jun 16 from The Verge

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A 'Fitbit' for plants? Low-cost, portable platform to gauge plant health

Plant breeders test their experiments by growing the seeds of their labor. They cross two different plants that have desirable traits. They sow the resulting seeds and evaluate the results, ...

Wed 22 Jun 16 from

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Ultra-sticky tongue help chameleons catch dinner

STICKY TONGUE: A tongue coated in mucus as sticky as honey is the key to a chameleon's ability to catch their prey.

Mon 20 Jun 16 from ABC Science

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Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Wed 22 Jun 16 from

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Lizard tail adaptations may reflect predators' color vision capabilities

Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard's body. Now researchers ...

Wed 22 Jun 16 from

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Bees are more productive in the city than in surrounding regions

Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans. These were the findings ...

Wed 22 Jun 16 from

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