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Herbivore drool defeats fungal defence

A report in Biology Letters shows that the drool of herbivores might help defeat the toxic fungal defences of the plants they graze on.

5 hours ago from

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Monkeys use researchers 'as human shields' to avoid leopards and big cats in the wild

The samango monkeys of South Africa usually have a good reason not to stray too far from the forest. Although they spend much of their time loping through the trees they know to keep within ...

2 hours ago from The Independent

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Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees ...

Tue 22 Jul 14 from

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Meerkats' sinister side is secret to their success, study shows

The darker side of meerkats – which sees them prevent their daughters from breeding, and kill their grandchildren – is explained in a new study.

Tue 22 Jul 14 from

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The secret life of squirrels in New York City

A recent study has found eastern grey squirrels thrive in New York City's urban environment by adapting their behaviour according to cues from human pedestrians, and mostly by ignoring passers-by.

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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The mystery behind starling flocks explained

( —The mystery behind the movements of flocking starlings could be explained by the areas of light and dark created as they fly, new research suggests.

Fri 18 Jul 14 from

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Software can decode bird songs

Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Fri 18 Jul 14 from BBC News

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Scientists flying to the rescue of bees

A world without bees? Don't even consider it! Of course we would miss the products of the hive, such as honey, pollen and beeswax.  But most of all, these super-pollinators are essential to ...

Thu 17 Jul 14 from

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For bees and flowers, tongue size matters

For bees and the flowers they pollinate, a compatible tongue length is essential to a successful relationship. Some bees and plants are very closely matched, with bee tongue sized to the flower ...

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.

Mon 14 Jul 14 from

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