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Gay penguins adopt egg after trying to hatch stone

A pair of gay penguins in Germany who tried earnestly to hatch a stone now have the chance to become real parents.

Fri 16 Aug 19 from

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Stressed plants must have iron under control

When land plants' nutrient availability dwindles, they have to respond to this stress. Plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have used available data to examine which ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from

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Scent brings all the songbirds to the yard

Chickadees can smell! That is the news from a study out of Lehigh University, the first to document naturally hybridizing songbirds' preference for the scent of their own species.

Mon 12 Aug 19 from

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Global tracking devices negatively affect the survival rate of sage-grouses

A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that currently-available global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices, previously thought to not alter animal survival rates, ...

Tue 13 Aug 19 from

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Do newly discovered mating habits of female Tasmanian devils help or hurt the species?

Wild female Tasmanian devils have mating habits that could pose a challenge for conservationists trying to maintain genetic diversity in species recovery programs, found Morris Animal Foundation-funded ...

Tue 13 Aug 19 from

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Why captive breeding will not save the wild tiger

Let's be clear—tigers are perilously close to extinction.

Thu 15 Aug 19 from

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Thousands of Tarantulas Are About to Set Off on Their Annual Migration in Colorado

In southeastern Colorado, male Oklahoma brown tarantulas will soon begin their annual migration to reach the prairies where female spiders live.

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Livescience

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Enormous frogs heave rocks to build tadpole ‘nests’

Nature, Published online: 09 August 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02411-zHuge amphibians’ engineering works protect their offspring from predators and swift currents.

Fri 9 Aug 19 from Nature News

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Despite temperature shifts, treehoppers manage to mate

During the mating season, male treehoppers—small plant feeding insects—serenade potential mates with vibrational songs sent through plant stems. If a female treehopper's interest is sparked, ...

Fri 9 Aug 19 from

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Tobacco plant 'stickiness' aids helpful insects, plant health

Researchers at North Carolina State University have shown that "sticky" hairlike structures on tobacco leaves can help attract beneficial insects that scavenge on other insects trapped on the ...

Thu 8 Aug 19 from

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