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Category: Plants & Animals

Loss of Large Animals & Birds From Tropical Forests Linked With Worsened Climate Change

A decrease in fruit-eating animals, from primates to toucans, can make the problem of climate change worse, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances, entitled “Defaunation affects carbon storage in tropical forests”. Nature works in wondrous ways, with the interdependence that unites the different species of living organisms an essential part of its

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Cats Are Picky Eaters Because They Can Taste ‘Bitter’ Better

A new study seems to explain why cats are apparently fussy eaters – they might have taste buds more sensitive to bitter foods, possibly to protect them from consuming potential toxins. The paper is published in PLOS ONE. When the genome of cats was analysed, it was found that they share pieces of DNA with

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Researchers Successfully Extend Young Adulthood In Worms

A team of researchers led by Michael Petrascheck who had previously found that administrating roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans with an antidepressant called mianserin increased their lifespan by 30-40 % attempted to find out how. Their new paper, published on eLife, could possibly shed light on how to extend young adulthood (instead of just increasing lifespan and end

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Humans Talk & Sing Just Like Birds!

The same physical mechanism is behind the songs of birds and the words of humans, says a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. The sound of human speech might seem very different from birds singing, but, the similarities that exist far beyond our eyes are stark. While humans produce sounds via the larynx,

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Ants Body Bridge: Army Ants Collectively Use Their Bodies As Bridges To Create Shortcuts In Forests

Why build bridges from available materials when you yourself can become the bridges? An international team of scientists have recently observed that army ants can not only use each other’s bodies as bridges when the need arises to create shortcuts in dangerous parts of rainforests but they can also modify the position of the living

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First Known Use of Beeswax: In 7000 BCE In Anatolia

A new study has provided new information pertaining to how human interest in bees and their products might have originated. An international team of researchers examined 6,400 ceramic containers (from the oldest pottery cultures) that existed back in the Neolithic period from regions of Near East (Western Asia), Europe and North Africa that make up

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Natural Compass in Many Animals Is Due To A Nano-Scale Protein

A new study suggests that some animals can detect the magnetic field of the Earth thanks to aggregates of proteins that prompt their nervous system allowing them to have a sense of direction. The paper is published in Nature Materials. Aimed at finding the mechanism that governs the ability of some animals to navigate themselves,

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Vampire Bats Share Blood With Mates To Obtain Help During Times of Starvation

Scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours ― vampire bats have their own version of the saying. A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B indicates that the creatures feed others of their kind with blood so that the latter return the favour during times of need. Vampire bats normally feed on

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Marine Mollusc Has Multiple Eyes Spread On Its Hard Shell

What do you do if you have an armour as protection and you also need to see potential predators? Chitons, molluscs with living tissues embedded in their shells, have an astounding way to reconcile the two needs: their armour is riddled with eyes! The armoured shells of chitons, therefore, serve both the purpose of protection and

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Bats Use Their Heavy Wings To Land Upside Down

Have you ever wondered how do bats land upside down on a ceiling? This maneuver of theirs has puzzled scientists for long now. A new study led by Brown University researchers has fortunately shed light on the amazing ability of the creature. The paper entitled “Falling with Style: Bats Perform Complex Aerial Rotations by Adjusting

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Human Share 70% of Their Genes With Marine Acorn Worms

Humans share thousands of genes with deep-sea worms, say scientists who have recently analysed the genome of two species of marine acorn worms. Their paper is published in the journal Nature. Genes were taken from two acorn worms –namely Ptychodera flava from Hawaii, and Saccoglossus kowalevskii from the Atlantic Ocean –for analysis. The worms are

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