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Bird Flu Database Will Help Track Future Outbreaks
Mar 09, 2014 14:06 PM E
With bird flu cases on the rise each year, a team of scientists have compiled a database with information on every strain of the flu virus found in birds around the world, which will help track outbreaks.
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Big Cajones: Testicle Size Determines Speed Of Genome Evolution
Mar 06, 2014 13:17 PM E
A universal truth among primates is this - the bigger the balls, the faster the evolution.
Black Bears in Yosemite Are Back to Eating Bear Food
Yosemite Bears Reverting Back To 1915 Natural Diet, Thanks To Government Funds To Keep Bears At A Distance
Mar 05, 2014 15:11 PM E
When access to human campfire food was denied, black bears in a U.S. national park came to rely more on their own diets of grass and berries.
baby sea turtle
Where Do Baby Sea Turtles Spend Their “Lost Years”? Scientists Use Satellite Devices To Track Loggerheads
Mar 05, 2014 13:36 PM E
Scientists monitor the behavior of young loggerhead sea turtles in the wild.
Butterflies
How Do Butterflies Mimic The Wings Of Toxic Species? Biologists Discover The Supergene
Mar 05, 2014 13:18 PM E
Some nontoxic butterflies have the ability to mimic the wing patterns of toxic species to deter predators. But until now, scientists didn't know which gene or genes caused the mimicry.
flatworm
New Guinea Flatworm Makes An Appearance In France, Threatening Snail Population
Mar 04, 2014 17:28 PM E
Platydemus manokwari, also called New Guinea flatworm, has the distinction of being in the list of the 100 worst invasive alien species in the world.
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WATCH: Snake Eats Crocodile In Australia; Plus See 5 Other Videos Of Snakes Consuming Large Prey
Mar 04, 2014 13:48 PM E
A snake battled a crocodile in Queensland, Australia, on Sunday, an event that was captured by onlookers. The 10-foot snake, which was likely a python, fought the crocodile for five hours. Now that it has consumed the 3-foot crocodile, the snake won't have to feed again for two months.
Ants
Why It's Unsurprising That Ants Use Their Babies As Life Preservers During Floods
Mar 02, 2014 12:53 PM E
During floods, ants turn their bodies into life rafts to preserve their nests. In an experiment to learn more about the structure of the rafts, biologists discovered the ants prefer to use their babies as the bottom, submerged layer. It may be cruel, but it's not surprising.
goats
What Makes A Male Goat Irresistible To The Female? Scientists Discover Pheromones In “Goaty Odor”
Feb 27, 2014 16:30 PM E
Researchers analyzed male goat odor to identify a unique, citrus-scented ingredient that speaks directly to the females.
water
Scientists Use Sapwood To Filter Water
Feb 26, 2014 17:59 PM E
A small piece of freshly-cut sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water.
pine tree
Pine Tree Particles: Scientists Explain Chemistry Behind Aerosols And Their Impact On Climate
Feb 26, 2014 17:48 PM E
A new study explains the importance of the particles that are formed from pine-scented vapors emitted by coniferous trees.
cow
How To Make A Cow Smarter: Give It A Buddy, Study Finds
Feb 26, 2014 17:19 PM E
Can a buddy system help grow cows' brains? A new study looking at social isolation says lonely calves are much duller than calves that have been raised in groups.
male sparrow
Male Sparrows Form 'Team Of Rivals' With Neighboring Birds To Protect Territory From Aggressors
Feb 25, 2014 20:21 PM E
Male sparrows team up to ward off stronger sparrows, according to a study published in Biology Letters. Researcher Sarah Goodwin from the University of Massachusetts Amherst said that this forming of "territorial defense coalitions" has been documented in birds very rarely.
insecticide
Scientists Discover Gene That Makes Mosquitoes Resistant To DDT And Other Insecticides
Feb 25, 2014 15:10 PM E
Dr. Charles Wondji and his team of researchers have discovered that a single genetic mutation in mosquitoes makes them resistant to popular insecticides.
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