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These Desert Ants Gallop at a Blistering 108 Body Lengths Per Second

Saharan silver ants. The insects can move at blistering speeds across fiery desert sands. (Credit: Pavel Krasensky/Shutterstock) Around noon each day in the Sahara Desert, silver ants emerge ...

Wed 16 Oct 19 from Discover Magazine

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First scientific description of elusive bird illuminates plight of Borneo's forests

Scientists with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and collaborators surveying the birdlife of Borneo have discovered a startling surprise: an undescribed species of bird, ...

Thu 17 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Ants fight plant diseases

New research from Aarhus University shows that ants inhibit at least 14 plant diseases. Ants secrete antibiotics from glands in the body. On their legs and body, they also host colonies of bacteria ...

Thu 17 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Phylogenetic analysis forces rethink of termite evolution

Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University ...

Thu 17 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Photosynthesis Olympics: Can the best wheat varieties be even better?

Scientists have put elite wheat varieties through a sort of "Photosynthesis Olympics" to find which varieties have the best performing photosynthesis. This could ultimately help grain growers ...

Thu 17 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Warmer nights prompt birds to lay eggs earlier

As climate change continues to cause temperatures to rise, the breeding patterns of birds such as blue tits are being altered as evenings in spring get warmer, researchers say.

Wed 16 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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Sexual selection alone could spark formation of new species

Because of imprinted preferences, strawberry poison frog females mate more with similar colored males, and less with differently colored males. Over time, the behavior could lead to two color ...

Thu 17 Oct 19 from ScienceDaily

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The power of unbroken bonds

Sticking with the same mate pays evolutionary dividends.

Mon 14 Oct 19 from Cosmos Magazine

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Rare breeding behaviour discovered in Californian bird

The phainopepla migrates and breeds across vastly different habitats. Tanya Loos reports.

Tue 15 Oct 19 from Cosmos Magazine

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Thames Humpback whale killed by ship: The casualty of a global problem

A humpback whale was recently spotted in the River Thames near London. This unusual sighting sparked national media interest, similar to "Benny" the beluga who also called the river home for ...

Wed 16 Oct 19 from Phys.org

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