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  • Australian ants prepared for 'Insect Armageddon'
    on July 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Researchers have uncovered an exception to the global phenomenon known as 'Insect Armageddon' in the largest study of Australian insect populations conducted to date. […]

  • Long live the long-limbed African chicken
    on July 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    For generations, household farmers in the Horn of Africa have selectively chosen chickens with certain traits that make them more appealing. Some choices are driven by the farmers' traditional courtship rituals; others are guided by more mundane concerns, such as taste and disease resistance. The result is the development of a genetically distinct African chicken -- one with longer, meatier legs, according to new research . But that 3,000-year-old local breed type is threatened by the introduction of commercial cluckers. […]

  • Comprehensive review of the future of CRISPR technology in crops
    on July 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    CRISPR is thought of as 'molecular scissors' used to cut and edit DNA, but researchers are now looking far beyond these applications. In a new comprehensive review, they explore the current state of CRISPR in crops, and how scientists can enhance traditional breeding techniques in nontraditional ways to a growing population in the face of climate change, diseases, and pests. […]

  • Baby blue-tongues are born smart
    on July 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Young Australian eastern blue-tongue lizards are every bit as clever as adults, researchers have found. Life is hard for baby blue-tongues. […]

  • Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list
    on July 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

    A new study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. Among the findings: crickets pack 75 percent the antioxidant power of fresh orange juice, and silkworm fat twice that of olive oil. […]

  • Strange new species of duck-billed dinosaur identified
    on July 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

    The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur from Big Bend National Park, Texas, is revealed in a new article as a new genus and species, Aquilarhinus palimentus. This dinosaur has been named for its aquiline nose and wide lower jaw, shaped like two trowels laid side by side. […]

  • Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other
    on July 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Is there something universal about the sounds we make that allows vocal learners -- like songbirds -- to figure out how we're feeling? Sounds like it, according to new research. […]

  • Insects feel persistent pain after injury, evidence suggests
    on July 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Scientists have known insects experience something like pain, but new research provides compelling evidence suggesting that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts long after an initial injury has healed. […]

  • Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets
    on July 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Researchers have discovered thriving communities of bacteria in Alaskan 'cryopegs,' trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. The setting may be similar to environments on Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, or other bodies farther from the sun. […]

  • Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber
    on July 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. The study suggests that this bird might have used its toes to hook food out of tree trunks. This is the first time such a foot structure has been observed in birds. […]

  • What happens when you explode a chemical bond?
    on July 11, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Light-induced breakage of chemical bonds can lead to damage in the body and environment, but techniques for studying this photochemical reaction have been limited to before and after snapshots. With attosecond lasers and a technique to probe the energy states of photoexcited molecules, chemists have made a movie of the process preceding breakup. The technique will help study biological molecules that absorb light without breaking bonds, such as rhodopsin in the retina. […]

  • New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning
    on July 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Glass for technologies like displays, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and solar cells need to pass light through, but could benefit from a surface that repels water, dirt, oil, and other liquids. Researchers have created a nanostructure glass that takes inspiration from the wings of the glasswing butterfly to create a new type of glass that is not only very clear across a wide variety of wavelengths and angles, but is also antifogging. […]

  • Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch
    on July 11, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Results of a study involving primates suggest that speech and music may have shaped the human brain's hearing circuits. […]

  • Human pregnancy dependent on cells evolved in platypus-like animal 300 million years ago
    on July 10, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Platelet cells, which prevent mammals from bleeding non-stop, first evolved around 300 million years ago in an egg-laying animal similar to the modern duck-billed platypus, finds new research. […]

  • Goats can distinguish emotions from the calls of other goats
    on July 10, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Goats can probably distinguish subtle emotional changes in the calls of other goats, according to a new study. […]

  • Secrets of a sex-changing fish revealed
    on July 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    We may take it for granted that the sex of an animal is established at birth and doesn't change. However, about 500 species of fish change sex in adulthood, often in response to environmental cues. How these fish change sex has, until now, been a mystery. […]

  • Will your future computer be made using bacteria?
    on July 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Graphene is a revolutionary nanomaterial, the discovery of which led to a Nobel Prize. By mixing graphite with bacteria, Rochester scientists are making graphene easier and more environmentally friendly to produce, paving the way for future products and applications. […]

  • Neural sleep patterns emerged at least 450 million years ago
    on July 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Researchers have found that neural signatures in sleeping zebrafish are analogous to those of humans, suggesting that the brain activity evolved at least 450 million years ago, before any creatures crawled out of the ocean. […]

  • Robot-ants that can jump, communicate with each other and work together
    on July 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    A team of researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These reconfigurable robots are simple in structure, yet they can jump and crawl to explore uneven surfaces. […]

  • Smells like sea lampreys
    on July 9, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Some people are drawn to cologne; others are attracted to perfume. When it comes to sea lampreys, however, spermine smells like love. Spermine, an odorous compound found in male semen, proved to be a powerful aphrodisiac. […]

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