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Female 'Penis' Found on Brazilian Cave Insects

In what is being called the "world's first" instance of gender-reversed genitalia, scientists have found four species of insects with female "penises." The species live in dry Brazilian caves ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from TIME

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Genetic study tackles mystery of slow plant domestications

( —"The Modern View of Domestication," a special feature of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published April 29, raises a number of startling questions about ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from

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Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan Ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed, according to a study published April 16, ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from

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Fear of the cuckoo mafia

If a restaurant owner fails to pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like these are seldom required, however, as fear of the consequences ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from

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Male monkey filmed caring for dying mate (w/ Video)

( —The incident was captured by Dr Bruna Bezerra and colleagues in the Atlantic Forest in the Northeast of Brazil.  Dr Bezerra is a Research Associate at the University of Bristol and ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from

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Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher

One day about eight years ago, Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, and her father were on a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama when ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from

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Study shows exception to rule of lifespan for fliers, burrowers and tree dwellers

( —A team of researchers working at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has found that there are some notable exceptions to the rule that bigger animals live longer than smaller animals. ...

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Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

Humans aren't alone in their ability to match a voice to a face—animals such as dogs, horses, crows and monkeys are able to recognize familiar individuals this way too, a growing body of research ...

Tue 15 Apr 14 from

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Cod may serenade females with rhythmic grunts

Male cod may 'sing' to females during mating, suggests a new study investigating the sounds cod and pollack produce during the spawning season.

Mon 14 Apr 14 from

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Study brings greater clarity to sex roles

Glossy magazines and TV reality shows often portray males as the gender that strays and females as the gender that's picky.

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