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Bad reputation of crows demystified

In literature, crows and ravens arebad omens and are associated with witches. Most people believe they steal, eat other birds' eggs and reduce the populations of other birds. But a new study, ...

Fri 23 Jan 15 from

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Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor's-Eye View of the Hunt

A head-mounted camera shows how a bird of prey chases down its prey. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt appeared first on WIRED.

Thu 22 Jan 15 from Wired Science

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Cichlid sisters swim together in order to reach the goal

The manner and routes of dispersal vary with the species and the ecological conditions. Many fish form shoals to avoid predation. Shoaling with familiar conspecifics affords the fish an even ...

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Sending bat signals: Unique 'supper's ready' alert beckons hungry bats

The sound of a bag of potato chips being torn open cuts through a darkened movie theater. The noise, in an otherwise silent space, pinpoints for all moviegoers exactly where the chips are being ...

Thu 22 Jan 15 from

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Snack attack: Bears munch on ants and help plants grow

Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears' diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, ...

Thu 22 Jan 15 from

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Tests results pending on dead birds in Northern California

Nearly a week after a mysterious gray gunk surfaced on shorelines in the San Francisco Bay Area, the substance has killed more than 200 seabirds.

Thu 22 Jan 15 from

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New forensic entomology observations expand knowledge of decomposition ecology

Fans of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and similar TV shows know that forensic entomology involves the use of insects and other arthropods in legal matters, including homicide cases. Entomologists ...

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Public attitude toward tiger farming and tiger conservation

The wild tiger Panthera tigris is considered critically endangered, and it faces unprecedented threats, including habitat loss and fragmentation, depletion of prey, and continued illegal poaching ...

Tue 20 Jan 15 from

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Pumas in populated areas kill more and eat less

Female pumas in areas with a high density of housing kill more deer but eat less of the carcasses than those in areas with little housing, finds a study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Yellowstone begins transferring bison for slaughter

Yellowstone National Park has begun shipping wild bison for slaughter as part of a plan to reduce the park's population by as many as 900 animals this winter.

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