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Scientists Say Bananas Will Die Out in 5 Years’ Time!

Life without bananas, can we even imagine it? It might actually happen, according to new research based on three fungal species responsible for the disease named Sigatoka affecting bananas. In that case, we would have from 5 to 10 years to enjoy some of the most delicious banana crops, and it would be the end

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Cockroach Milk Used As Protein Supplement!

Cockroach milk might be the next big thing! Scientists of a new paper mention a particular type of cockroach that can pump out “milk” in the form of protein crystals to feed its young. This might be more nutritious than cow’s milk, and thus, of potential benefit to us. The findings are published in IUCrJ,

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Dogs Come From Two Ancient Wolf Populations

Dogs come from ancient wolf populations from the West and East Eurasia, says a new study published in the journal, Science. Wolves have a certain allure to them that few can deny while dogs have won over the hearts of millions worldwide. Ever wondered about their origin and link? According to the new study, the

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‘Animal Avengers’ Make 3D-Printed Shell For Tortoise Freddy

A tortoise whose shell was damaged from burns has been saved thanks to a 3D-printed shell made by a group called Animal Avengers. The tortoise, named Freddy, was found on a roadside in Brazil last year – it had been in a fire earlier that had damaged its shell up to 85%. The group of people

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Dung Beetle Takes Snapshots of Night Sky To Find Its Way Home

The dung beetle isn’t just wonderful because it makes poop rolls for dinner. It has another special ability up its sleeve: it can use celestial navigation to find its way home after playing with its poop balls. The paper describing this trait of the creature is published in the journal Current Biology. The dung beetle might

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Using Algae Protein To Boost Crop Yield

Scientists have discovered a protein that allows algae to efficiently use carbon dioxide; this might help us boost crop yields in the future. The paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Algae being specially efficient at fixing carbon dioxide to synthesise nutrients, researchers want to transfer this trait of theirs to

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Ravens Are As Intelligent As Chimps – Maleficent Would Be Delighted!

Maleficent was right to have ravens by her side, after all. The creature has been shown to be as intelligent as chimpanzees in spite of their smaller brains. Again, we find that size is not necessarily a restriction. The study is published in Royal Society Open Science. Researchers from Lund University, Sweden, have found that

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Rosemary Aroma Boosts Memory & Lavender Fragrance Increases Calmness

The aroma given off by rosemary essential oil might boost the memory of the elderly, and help them carry out tasks in the future, while lavender fragrance can enhance the mood, says a new study presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham yesterday, April 27. The focus of the study is on prospective memory

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Plants Wittily Force Fungi To Cooperate

If you used to think of plants as green, peaceful, not-looking-for-conflicts-or-advantages kind of creature, think again. A new study shows how they are able to make economically-sound decisions by forcing symbiotic fungi to cooperate more in their interactions. The paper is published in Ecology Letters. Plants will often be in close partnership with species of

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Hierarchy In Ants Provides Insight Into Dominance Behaviours of Other Species

Studying social hierarchies in ants will hopefully allow scientists to understand the nature of societies of other animals like primates. The new paper is published in The American Naturalist. How do we understand animal societies that are led by a group of them, the alpha individuals? Normally, research has revealed the inner workings of societies with a

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Trees Exchange Carbon Via Tiny Intimately-Bound Creature

Forest trees exchange carbon with each other using a creature intimately connected to them. The surprising new findings are published in Science. Nature is not selfish; rather, generosity and giving are among its core values. A new study shows how forest trees do not use carbon for themselves only: they will exchange great amounts thereof

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Pig Hearts Beating in Human Chests – A Scientist’s Hope

Organ transplant might, one day, evolve to cross-species transfer whereby humans can survive with hearts of pigs beating inside their chests, according to a new research published in the journal Nature Communications. Baboons have been shown to live for 2.5 years with transplanted pig hearts, say researchers from the US and Germany. Baboons being considered

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