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Virgin female spiders found willing to give themselves up to being eaten alive by spiderlings

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Germany and Aarhus University in Denmark has found that female virgin velvet spiders (Stegodyphus dumicola) in addition to assisting close relatives in raising their young, allow themselves to be eaten alive by the spiderlings. Show More Summary

Researchers find there are at least 14,003 plant types in Amazon basin

(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from Brazil, the U.K., Columbia and Spain has found that scientists have identified 14,003 types of plants growing in a major part of the Amazon rain forest. In their paper published in Proceedings...Show More Summary

The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) The human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. Show More Summary

Supercontinuum lasers can lead to better bread and beer

(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Researchers from the Department of Food Science (FOOD) at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark are the first in the world to have analysed whole grains with long near-infrared wavelengths using a new type of light source, the supercontinuum laser. Show More Summary

Comprehensive meta-analysis affirms cranberries' role in promoting a healthy urinary tract

(Pollock Communications) A thorough review of dozens of studies led scientists to conclude that healthcare professionals should be telling their patients to have cranberry products as a first step in reducing recurrent UTIs.

How animals vote to make group decisions

Today we opt for ballot boxes but humans have used numerous ways of voting to have their say throughout history. However, we're not the only ones living (or seeking to live) in a democratic society: a new study has suggested that African wild dogs vote to make group decisions.

Method allows researchers to collect body odour samples of mammals in a non-invasive manner

Mammals communicate with each other using olfactory cues. This way they recognize relatives or friends or find a genetically suitable mate. However, to collect smells, especially in the wild, is anything but easy to accomplish. A team...Show More Summary

False eyespots intimidate predators, researchers find

The widespread occurrence of eyespots, from butterflies to fish, has intrigued biologists for years but the mechanism behind their function has, until now, remained unclear.

Scientists identify new hosts for Chagas disease vectors

Solitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide. Show More Summary

Birds in New York State Have Altered Their Migration Timing and Are Experiencing Different Thermal Regimes While Breeding or on Stopover from 2010 to 2015

Migration represents a significant physiological challenge for birds, and increasing ambient temperatures due to global climate change may add to birds’ physiological burden during migration. We analyzed migration timing in a central...Show More Summary

As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond

Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest Taylor Shellfish Farm’s Quilcene hatchery perches on a narrow peninsula that juts into the sinuous waterways of Washington’s Puget Sound. On the July day I visited, the hatchery and everything surrounding it seemed to drip with fecundity. Clouds banked over darkly forested hills on the opposite […]

Alaska ferry to host long-distance ocean acidification study (audio)

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia will be part of an international science experiment starting this fall when it resumes its weekly run between Bellingham, Wash., and Southeast Alaska. Equipment has been installed to continuously measure the ocean’s acidity along the ferry’s nearly 2,000-mile route. Show More Summary

Variable metabolic responses of Skagerrak invertebrates to low O2 and high CO2 scenarios

Coastal hypoxia is a problem that is predicted to increase rapidly in the future. At the same time we are facing rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, which are increasing the pCO2 and acidity of coastal waters. These two drivers are well studied in isolation however; the coupling of low O2 and pH is likely to provide […]

Declining queen conch populations are fragmented and that's changing the conservation game

The queen conch, a marine mollusk prized for its edible meat and its glossy shell, is one of the most economically and culturally important species in the Caribbean. In the past few decades, intense international fishing driven largely...Show More Summary

Why aren't house sparrows as big as geese?

Why are house sparrows the exact size they are? Why aren't they hummingbird size or as large as geese?

White supremacist statues must fall. Even when they are of famous scientists | Yarden Katz

There is no such thing as apolitical science, as a row over the ‘father of gynaecology’, who experimented on slaves, reminds us Science’s most elite magazine, Nature, published an editorial recently arguing that calling for monuments...Show More Summary

9-18-17 It Rained!

Monday, September 18th...last night (Sunday) it rained...and this time it was more than just a sprinkle......this afternoon Southern Residents showed up in Puget Sound!...was it the rain that caused salmon to move in and therefore the...Show More Summary

Secrets of butterfly wing patterns revealed by gene hacking

Butterflies' wings have extraordinary patterns and colours, and it turns out they are controlled by a single "master gene" that performs many roles

Parasitic eye infection poses significant threat to UK dogs, warn experts

A research team, led by John Graham-Brown at the University of Liverpool, describe three cases in UK dogs with recent history of travel to mainland Europe.

New research indicates the importance of early season control of herbicide-resistant kochia

Researchers writing in the latest edition of the journal Weed Science are providing new insights into the control of herbicide-resistant kochia, a weed that competes with both dryland and irrigated crops across the Great Plains stat...

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