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Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

Wed 23 Apr 14 from BBC News

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Picky male black widow spiders prefer well-fed virgins

New University of Toronto Scarborough research shows that male black widow spiders prefer their female mates to be well-fed virgins – a rare example of mate preference by male spiders.

Wed 23 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Spying on plant communication with tiny bugs

Internal communications in plants share striking similarities with those in animals, new research reveals. With the help of tiny insects, scientists were able to tap into this communication ...

Wed 23 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Cheetahs found to use spatial avoidance techniques to allow for surviving among lions

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, along with assistance from several African wildlife agencies, has found that contrary to popular belief, cheetahs are able to ...

10 hours ago from Phys.org

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Lack of breeding threatens blue-footed boobies' survival

Blue-footed Boobies are on the decline in the Galápagos. A new study appearing in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology indicates numbers of the iconic birds, known for their bright blue ...

Mon 21 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Where the chilli was born: Researchers find Mexico is home for the fiery crop

The team of international researchers was able to pinpoint an area extending from southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca to south eastern Veracruz.

Mon 21 Apr 14 from Daily Mail

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Female 'Penis' Found on Brazilian Cave Insects

In what is being called the "world's first" instance of gender-reversed genitalia, scientists have found four species of insects with female "penises." The species live in dry Brazilian caves ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from TIME

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Genetic Study Tackles Mystery of Slow Plant Domestications

Did domesticating a plant typically take a few hundred or many thousands of years? Genetic studies often indicate that domestication traits have a fairly simple genetic basis, which should facilitate ...

Mon 21 Apr 14 from Newswise

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Male monkey filmed caring for dying mate (w/ Video)

(Phys.org) —The incident was captured by Dr Bruna Bezerra and colleagues in the Atlantic Forest in the Northeast of Brazil.  Dr Bezerra is a Research Associate at the University of Bristol and ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher

One day about eight years ago, Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, and her father were on a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama when ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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