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Meerkats' sinister side is secret to their success, study shows

The darker side of meerkats – which sees them prevent their daughters from breeding, and kill their grandchildren – is explained in a new study.

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The mystery behind starling flocks explained

( —The mystery behind the movements of flocking starlings could be explained by the areas of light and dark created as they fly, new research suggests.

Fri 18 Jul 14 from

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The secret life of squirrels in New York City

A recent study has found eastern grey squirrels thrive in New York City's urban environment by adapting their behaviour according to cues from human pedestrians, and mostly by ignoring passers-by.

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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Software can decode bird songs

Scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

Fri 18 Jul 14 from BBC News

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Scientists flying to the rescue of bees

A world without bees? Don't even consider it! Of course we would miss the products of the hive, such as honey, pollen and beeswax.  But most of all, these super-pollinators are essential to ...

Thu 17 Jul 14 from

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For bees and flowers, tongue size matters

For bees and the flowers they pollinate, a compatible tongue length is essential to a successful relationship. Some bees and plants are very closely matched, with bee tongue sized to the flower ...

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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Japan zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

A Japanese zoo has taken the catwalk to a wild new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look.

Mon 14 Jul 14 from

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Gene discovery could lead to better soybean varieties for Northern United States

Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development ...

Tue 15 Jul 14 from

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Using mosquitos to decrease the mosquito population

Who would have thought of mosquitoes being put to work to help decrease and control the mosquito population? University of Kentucky professor and researcher Stephen Dobson and his former graduate ...

Tue 15 Jul 14 from

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A natural way to monitor, and possibly control populations of, stink bugs

Anyone who has squashed a stink bug knows why they got their name. Although just a nuisance to homeowners, the insects feed on and damage fruits and vegetables, causing significant economic ...

Wed 16 Jul 14 from

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