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Bacteria mix in deep sea mussels


Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these…
Study reveals how mucus tames microbes


More than 200 square meters of our bodies — including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract —…
Scientists retrace monarch’s toxin-immunity evolution

October 5, 2019

Small genetic changes prevent a normally fatal poison from killing monarch butterflies. By editing these genes into laboratory…
Otherworldly Worms with Three Sexes Discovered in Mono Lake

September 27, 2019

Caltech scientists have discovered a new species of worm thriving in the extreme environment of Mono Lake. This…
Catching evolution in the act

September 27, 2019

Charles Darwin was right. In his 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” the famed scientist hypothesized that…
Less genes for a life in water

September 26, 2019

While whales and dolphins spend their entire life in the ocean, these air-breathing mammals actually evolved from terrestrial…
Common marmoset. Credit: Almuth Einspanier/MPG
Male common marmosets smell female fertility

September 24, 2019

Scientists from the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found that male common…
Genetically Tailored Instruction Improves Songbird Learning

September 18, 2019

Some recent research suggests that educational achievement can be predicted based on differences in our genes. But does…
How long does a whale feed? New data gives insight into blue and fin whale behavior

September 12, 2019

Researchers using electronic tags were able to monitor blue and fin whales off the coast of Southern California…
Scientists shocked to discover two new species of electric eel

September 10, 2019

An international team of scientists has discovered two new species of electric eel, one of which delivers 860…
Breakdown in Coral Spawning Places Species at Risk of Extinction

September 6, 2019

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. But due to climate change…
The submersible vehicle MARUM-QUEST samples for sediment at oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Image credit: Marum
Some microbe degrade oil to gas

August 20, 2019

The tiny organisms cling to oil droplets and perform a great feat: As a single organism, they may…
From the tiny testes of flies, new insight into how genes arise

August 19, 2019

In the battle of the sexes, males appear to have the innovative edge—from a genetic standpoint, at least.…
Caterpillars perceive colour through their skin

August 16, 2019

It is difficult to distinguish caterpillars of the peppered moth from a twig. The caterpillars not only mimic…
New study could reset how scientists view sex determination in painted turtle populations

August 6, 2019

A new study from Iowa State University scientists could flip the established framework for how scientists believe geography…
Species aren’t adapting fast enough to cope with climate change

August 5, 2019

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment. That’s…
Forestry practice inspired by wildfire could help save grizzly bears, study shows

July 31, 2019

A shift in how Alberta forests are managed could benefit grizzly bears, according to new research from the…
Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

July 24, 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary…
Parasites hinder reproduction for seabird mothers

July 23, 2019

A study by the University of Liverpool and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has found that parasites reduced female…
Deep-sea snail described by Southampton researcher makes Red list of Endangered Species

July 19, 2019

A fascinating deep-sea snail, first described as a new species by an international team of researchers including a…
Researchers identify new species of pocket shark

July 19, 2019

A team of researchers, including two from Tulane University, has identified a new species of pocket shark, following…
How puffins catch food outside the breeding season

July 15, 2019

Little is known about how seabirds catch their food outside the breeding season but using modern technology, researchers…
Scientists map huge variety of animal life cycles

July 10, 2019

Their findings, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, come from a detailed assessment of 121 species ranging from…
The Sounds of Science: Acoustic tags reveal Dungeness crab range – and some interesting visitors

July 10, 2019

Dungeness crab is Oregon’s leading commercial seafood product, bringing in an estimated $75 million in 2018, yet little…
How Dogs Evolved ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’

July 8, 2019

If you have a dog in your household, you’ve seen it, most likely when you have some tasty…
Sampling for Kentrophoros in Elba, Italy and Nivå, Denmark. Image credit: MPI for Marine Microbiology/ Brandon Seah (left), Silke Wetzel (right)
Bacterium turns waste into food

July 3, 2019

Kentron, a bacterial symbiont of ciliates, turns cellular waste products into biomass. It is the first known sulfur-oxidizing…
Neutral evolution shapes lifespan and ageing

July 3, 2019

Different African killifish species vary extensively in their lifespans – from just a few months to several years.…
Kangaroo island koalas may save the koala species

July 2, 2019

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island koalas have been found to be free from the disease that is threatening koala…
Scientists Identify New Species of Damselfish

June 30, 2019

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Sydney,…
How in times of trouble animals also stand together

June 20, 2019

Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to…
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