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Laughing Hyenas Have Social Network Too

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Who in their big clans do spotted hyenas befriend? You know a friend. This friend knows a couple friends of their own; that are not, h... Read More


Glowing In The Dark Won’t Get You Laid

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Male genetically modified zebrafish aren’t exactly Casanova’s. First things first, this is not written as an argument for or agains... Read More


Horses Use Subtle Body Language To Communicate

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 Horses communicate amongst each other with eye and ear twitches. Body language is something used extensively by humans. Subtle motion... Read More


How To Protect Wood As A Living Building Material

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Scientists developed new ecological methods to conserve wood. Wood is a great building material, and not only because it’s fashionable ... Read More


Lar Gibbons Give Clues To Language Origins

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Lar gibbon language may provide insight into the evolution of human language. Also known as ‘white-handed gibbons’, adult lar gibbo... Read More


Restore Or Protect: How To Save Biodiversity?

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Mathematical model can help conservationists choose. Are we causing a sixth great mass-extinction? I don't pretend to know the answer.... Read More


World’s Coolest Cartwheeling Spider

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The Moroccan flic-flac spider would put a gymnast to shame. A newly-discovered species of spider discovered in Morocco just last year... Read More


Fasting Fruit Flies: Improved Focus and Brain Power

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Fasting: solely religious or also beneficial for focus and brain power? Recently, Japanese scientists observed fruit fly behavior, taking... Read More


Was Lucy A Riveter? News On Tool Use

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New hand bone evidence on the tool-wielding of hominid ancestors. Apparently a cute little bone in your hand can tell a lot about you... Read More


Survival Of The (One With The) Largest

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After observing the sweet lovin' of flies, here's the gist: size matters. In the animal kingdom, genitals come in all sizes and shapes.... Read More


One Protein To Rule Them All?

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Inhibition of a very common protein could cure many diseases. Just like the One Ring was key to controlling the other rings of J. R. ... Read More


Our Silent Supporters: How Trees Serve Us

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How high tree species richness benefits human society. Most ecosystems, like tropical rainforests or oceans, provide suitable environment... Read More


Why Our Western Diet Is A Ticking Time Bomb

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The Western diet places our bodies and environment under untenable pressure. The type of diet chosen by people varies with culture, nut... Read More


Climate Change: What Rice Can Learn From Maize

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What makes plants tough enough to deal with a bad climate? Most of the staple crops like rice, wheat or barley are C3 plants. C4 plants... Read More


Why Large Animals Don’t Get More Cancer

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Their cells are bigger, which might be crucial. Cancer is one of the main curses of modern humanity. Every year, many people die due to... Read More


Is Intelligence Actually Beneficial To Survival?

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Research shows that more intelligent animals might not always be best suited for survival People can display many different types of in... Read More


Two New Dinosaur Discoveries: Pushing Back The Onset of Feathers

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Two recent finds require palaeontologists to reconsider when feathers first evolved in reptiles. Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus The fir... Read More


Stuck In The Middle: Migration Routes Of Hybrid Birds

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  New study finds that hybrid birds follow intermediate migration routes between the ones of their parents. A lot of birds migrat... Read More


Update From The Cosmic Realm

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Potentially habitable exoplanets found that we can visit within a single human lifetime. Two potentially habitable exoplanets are fo... Read More


The Smallest Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Now Fully Published

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Kepler 186f may be the most Earth-like exoplanet discovered to date. The ‘Doppelganger’ I wrote about a month-and-a-half ago has recent... Read More


Scientists Scanning Wood: “The More Dimensions, The Better”

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An interview with Dr. Jan Van den Bulcke, about X-ray computed tomography on wood The Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on... Read More


Finally Solved: Why Zebra’s Have Black And White Stripes

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Researchers solve the mystery of the zebra coat hair. Zebra- striped accessories, zebra crossings, zebrawood: zebra coat is peculiar ... Read More


Dead Sea Secrets Could Save Lives

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Research reveals that fungus from the Dead Sea can address environmental challenges. Did you know that many of our products, medicin... Read More


The Dodo’s Journey to Japan

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The fate of rare things is to become a collector's item. The dodo (or Raphus cucullatus), a large flightless bird, is probably one of t... Read More


Brewing New Futures: The Concoction Of Urban Laboratories

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Urban laboratories as new places for knowledge production and direct application The idea of ‘urban laboratories’ might evoke thoughts ... Read More


Two Things People Know About the Earth That Are Wrong

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The earth is commonly thought to have properties that it just does not have The Earth’s mantle is solid With the exception of the Ea... Read More


A Brief History Of Lions

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New DNA study reveals lion history  and could guide conservation efforts. Many animal and plant species are suffering, their numbers dropp... Read More


Is Sugar Bad For You? Not For Plants And Trees, Study Shows

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A new study reveals the role of sugars as initial regulator of apical dominance Everyone loves to decorate their Christmas tree. Have you n... Read More


How You Understand What Your Pet Is Saying

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Mechanisms behind cross- species emotions recognition revealed. Once I was watching a cartoon where a cute little cat was in danger and... Read More


Could Neanderthals Speak?

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Recent research suggests Neanderthals had speech capacity. Once upon a time, we, Homo sapiens, weren't the only species of human roamin... Read More


Smart Elephants

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Elephants recognize voices of Maasai and Kambala men. Human-animal conflict is the common feature apparent in all global ecosystems. La... Read More


Suicide In Organisms Can Benefit Kin

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New study explains suicide by natural selection and 'survival of the fittest'. Single-celled organisms regularly kill themselves in r... Read More


Sing me a song: the link between bird song and classical music

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Researchers define the attractiveness of bird song to humans If you are currently living in Europe, then you know that spring is coming... Read More


How The Fruitfly Got Its Stink

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Male fruit flies dampen the libido of sexual rivals with smelly pheromone. The struggle to reproduce and leave behind a genetic legacy ... Read More


New Maps Explain The World Better

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Maps based on quantitative data. This map shows how the human population is spread over the world. Holland suddenly is quite a big country... Read More


Recipe For Asterix’s Drink Discovered

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Ancient cooking school: the Nordic grog. If you have ever seen „Asterix and the Vikings” I am sure you will remember Olaf Timandaha... Read More