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  • Dodo's violent death revealed
    on April 21, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    The famous Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of the head, according to new research. Using revolutionary forensic scanning technology and world-class expertise, researchers have discovered surprising evidence that the Oxford Dodo was shot in the neck and back of the head with a shotgun. […]

  • Museum researchers rediscover animal not seen in 30 years
    on April 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Researchers have rediscovered the San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) in Baja California. The Museum is partnering with Terra and local authorities on a conservation plan for the species, which was last seen in 1986, and was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994. It was held as an example of modern extinction due to agricultural conversion. […]

  • Ramped up fight-or-flight response points to history of warfare for humans and chimps
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Humans and chimpanzees recently evolved a more active fight-or-flight response compared to other primates, possibly in response to the threat of warfare. […]

  • Using the right plants can reduce indoor pollution and save energy
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    A plant physiologist concludes that a better knowledge of plant physiology, along with integration of smart-sensor-controlled air cleaning technologies, could improve indoor air quality in a cost-effective and sustainable way. […]

  • New ant species from Borneo explodes to defend its colony
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    When their colony is threatened by an intruder, workers of a newly discovered species of ant can actually tear their own body apart, in order to release toxins and either kill or hold off the enemy. The new species is the first of the so-called 'exploding ants' to be described since 1935. […]

  • Optogenetic study shows that male flies find ejaculation pleasurable
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Researchers show that male fruit flies find sex -- and more specifically ejaculation -- to be an inherently rewarding experience. The study is the first to show that the rewarding nature of ejaculation is conserved among animals, from flies and mammals. It also adds to evidence that manipulating sexual experience in flies affects their interest in consuming alcohol, the researchers say. […]

  • Frog embryos can fully regrow their eyes after injury, debunking a belief that they can't
    on April 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Scientists have found that frog embryos can fully regrow their eyes after injuries, a breakthrough that may lead one day to the ability to orchestrate tissue regeneration in humans. […]

  • Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
    on April 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. This new species, called the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, is found only in the island's far-western Bird's Head, or Vogelkop, region. […]

  • New type of 'opal' formed by common seaweed
    on April 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Scientists have discovered a completely new type of opal formed by a common seaweed which harnesses natural technology by self-assembling a nanostructure of oil droplets to control how light reflects from its cells to display a shimmering array of colours that until now, has only been seen in the gem stone. […]

  • Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea
    on April 17, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    At the bottom of the ocean, scientists discovered hundreds of small pink octopuses and their eggs. The colonies were in warmer water than is healthy for octopuses, which means that they probably won't survive. That makes the scientists think there are probably even bigger colonies thriving in the cool rock crevices nearby. […]

  • First an alga, then a squid, enigmatic fossil is actually a fish
    on April 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    A fossil slab discovered in Kansas 70 years ago and twice misidentified -- first as a green alga and then as a cephalopod -- has been reinterpreted as the preserved remains of a large cartilaginous fish, the group that includes sharks and rays. Researchers now describe the fishy characteristics of the animal, which lived between 70-85 million years ago. […]

  • We think we're the first advanced earthlings -- but how do we really know?
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? In a compelling thought experiment, scientists wonder how we would truly know if there were a past civilization so advanced that it left little or no trace of its impact on the planet. […]

  • Climate change mitigation project threatens local ecosystem resilience in Ethiopia
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    To increase forest cover in the Global South in order to mitigate climate change does not always have positive effects, as shown in a new study in southern Ethiopia. It can also threaten biodiversity and the survival of unique alpine plants. […]

  • Algae-forestry, bioenergy mix could help make CO<sub>2</sub> vanish from thin air
    on April 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide food protein to large regions of the world -- and simultaneously remove carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere. […]

  • To impress females, Costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers
    on April 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Male Costa's hummingbirds perform a high-speed dive during which they 'sing' to potential mates using their tail feathers. Males perform their dives to the side, rather than in front of females. UC Riverside researchers used an acoustic camera to find out why. The results are published in Current Biology. They showed that sideways dives allow males to hide the speed of their dives, perhaps enabling them to appear faster than they really are. […]

  • Fungi in fashion: Mushrooms, feathers combine in biodegradable shoes
    on April 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Students have created a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste. Researchers hope the shoe can help address waste in the fashion industry. […]

  • Mutant ferrets offer clues to human brain size
    on April 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Scientists have engineered ferrets genetically to study abnormally small brain size in humans -- and, in the process, discovered hints as to how our brains evolved. […]

  • Biodiversity: 3 new rainbow chameleon species discovered
    on April 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Madagascar is a chameleon paradise. A team of researchers has now discovered three new species, among them a beautifully colored rainbow chameleon. These species are all restricted to very small ranges, and are probably highly threatened. […]

  • Having one eye better than the other may explain ants' left bias
    on April 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Unlike Derek Zoolander, ants don't have any difficulty turning left. New research has now found rock ants often have one eye slightly better than the other, which could help explain why most of them prefer to turn left, given the choice. […]

  • Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip
    on April 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Researchers have developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art. […]

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