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Follow the Leader
For Multiple-Dog Households Out On A Walk, It's A Pack Mentality
Jan 23, 2014 17:15 PM E
When out on a walk, dogs will tend to follow the dog that dominates at home, but they're not being bullied: It's because they want to follow that dog, a new study shows.
Murmuration
Murmuration: How Starlings Dance Across The Sky In Perfect Unison
Jan 23, 2014 17:07 PM E
A two-year-old video of a murmuration — a flock of starlings — is going viral, and now everyone is asking how the heck they learned to dance across the sky like a screensaver.
dolphin skull
River Dolphin Discovered In Brazil Marks The First New River Species Since 1918; Sadly, It's Already Endangered
Jan 23, 2014 15:50 PM E
A new species of Brazil river dolphin has been discovered in the Araguaia River basin. While the existence of the dolphin was already known to scientists, they didn't realize until now that it is a unique species, Inia araguaiaensis. The river dolphin study appears this week in PLoS One.
Dolphins Surfing
Dolphins Crash California Surfing Competition: The Latest In A String Of Odd Behavior That Included Recreational Drug Use
Jan 23, 2014 14:25 PM E
First dolphins got high on a pufferfish, then they swarmed the coast of Costa Rica by the thousands. On Sunday they revealed another pastime to cameras: dolphins like to surf.
The Color Of Ancient Marine Reptiles Discovered In The Depths In Multi-Million-Year Old Fossils
Jan 23, 2014 13:44 PM E
The multi-million-year-old fossil remains of three different marine reptiles have provided researchers with essential clues to color of ancient reptiles.
fake spider
Spider Species Makes Sculptures Of Itself With Leaves And Insect Corpses, Possibly As Predator Decoy
Jan 22, 2014 19:15 PM E
Spiders creating fake versions of themselves have been caught on video for the first time. In 2012, spiders were found in both Peru and the Philippines creating fake versions of themselves, perhaps as predator decoys. Scientists aren't sure whether the same species builds these fake spiders or whether it’s a more common spider technique that's gone unnoticed until now.
Dacryopinax sp.
Fungi Explain Rainforest Diversity, “Police” The Growth And Spread Of Dominant Species
Jan 22, 2014 13:09 PM E
According to research out of Oxford University, fungi check the growth and dominance of closely packed plant species by spreading quickly among them, allowing a wider range of species to prosper.
Turkey neck
Scientists Make Turkey Skin Inspired Toxin-Detecting Biosensor: Tool Will Mimic How Turkey Necks Can Change Colors
Jan 22, 2014 10:53 AM E
Scientists at the UC Berkeley are making a biosensor designed to change color in the presence of certain chemicals, inspired by a characteristic inherent in turkey skin.
shark
One-Quarter Of The World's Sharks And Rays Are At Risk Of Extinction, IUCN Study Finds
Jan 21, 2014 19:14 PM E
One-quarter of all shark, ray and chimaera species will become threatened or extinct in just decades, according to an International Union for the Conservation of Nature study that involved 302 researchers in 64 countries. Among the most threatened species are thresher sharks, sawfishes and angel sharks. The researchers say that overfishing has led to the depletion of shark and ray species.
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Batteries That Run On Sugar Could Be In Gadgets In Just 3 Years
Jan 21, 2014 16:22 PM E
A sugar battery developed by Virginia Tech researchers could be in cell phones and tablets in just three years, the battery's creators say. The biodegradable battery could saved billions of batteries from clogging up landfills every year. While sugar batteries have been developed before, they haven't been able to last long between charges.
Taiji Cove Slaughter
30 Dolphins Killed In Taiji Cove; Albino Dolphin Baby 'Angel' Captured While Live Stream Shows Blood Seeping Out From Under Tarp Used To Hide Slaughter
Jan 21, 2014 13:31 PM E
A group of dolphins that may have included the mother of Angel, an albino baby dolphin captured by Japanese fishermen, were tied up and stabbed to death Tuesday morning, Reuters reported.
ants
Ant Colony Sent To The International Space Station; Experiment Will Show How Insects Forage In Microgravity
Jan 20, 2014 11:04 AM E
A colony of ants has been sent to the International Space Station, where the ants will be studied for how they respond to microgravity. Ants adapt their foraging behavior based on how many ants are in the area. They have difficulty walking and communicating with one another in microgravity; studying them could shed light on how search-and-rescue ro...
worker bee
Exposure to Pesticides Reduces The Size of Worker Bees And Adversely Impacts Our Food Chain
Jan 19, 2014 19:04 PM E
Worker bees that were exposed to a certain type of pesticide were more likely to hatch and grow smaller, making them less effective at foraging, and therefore, less helpful to their colonies.
Whale Calls Among Familes May Be Disrupted By Sound Of Ship Engines With Similar Frequencies
Jan 18, 2014 16:45 PM E
The sounds that whales use to communicate with their family groups may be disrupted by sounds from vessels, which happen frequently, and could confuse the animals' audio interactions, according to scientists who recorded underwater sounds near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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