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Like Humans, Ring Tailed Lemurs Prefer To Sleep In The Same Place Each Night (A Cave)
Dec 05, 2013 16:50 PM E
One of our distant relatives shares one of the peculiar habits of humans: Lemurs like to sleep in the same place each night.
Fruit fly on an orange.
Fruit Flies Are Picky About Where They Lay Their Eggs, Choosing Citrus Fruits Over Other Spots
Dec 05, 2013 12:44 PM E
On your kitchen counter, it might seem as though fruit flies will show up for just about any type of fruit you leave around for them. But when given a choice about where to lay their eggs, those flies will go for citrus most of the time, new work shows.
Lemon Sharks at Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Mother Sharks Return 'Home' To Give Birth: DNA Evidence Proves Lemon Sharks 'Remember' Their Birthplace
Dec 05, 2013 09:25 AM E
A 15 year study proves what marine biologists have long suspected: sharks remember their birthplace, and return to it years later when it's their time to give birth, much like sea turtles and salmon.
chimpanzee rights
Animal Rights Group Files Lawsuit Seeking 'Legal Personhood' For Chimpanzees
Dec 04, 2013 18:26 PM E
An animal rights group is seeking legal rights for chimpanzees in a series of lawsuits. In the first lawsuit, the Nonhuman Rights Project is asking the courts to declare chimps "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned."
A research cockroach walks upside down
High-Speed Robots Based On Cockroaches: How Roach's Antennae Hairs Help Scientists Create Quicker Bots
Dec 04, 2013 17:58 PM E
When hairs on a roach's antenna hit an obstacle, they bend backwards into semi-circular shapes, jostling the bug backward.
Harrison Okene
Man Survives 3 Days Underwater, Trapped In Shipwreck Air Bubble [VIDEO]
Dec 04, 2013 14:57 PM E
A Nigerian man spent 3 days in a sunken tugboat on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Harrison Okene, 29, was trapped in an air bubble, which kept him alive until a diving team rescued him. All other 11 crew members on the ship died.
Lion, Tiger, Bear
Lion, Tiger And Bear Become Inseparable Best Friends At Georgia Rescue Center [VIDEO]
Dec 04, 2013 13:49 PM E
Three animals that might otherwise tear each other apart — a lion, a tiger, and a bear — have reportedly become best friends at an animal rescue shelter in Georgia.
Homo heidelbergensis
400,000 Year-Old Human DNA Sequenced: New Technique Enables Researchers To Map Out Oldest Hominin Genes Ever
Dec 04, 2013 13:44 PM E
Using a novel technique, scientists were able to sequence DNA found in a bone sample at Sima de los Huesos in Spain. It turned out to belong to a 400,000 year old human ancestor.
Humpback whale breaching in "Marino Ballena National Park", Costa Rica
North Pacific Humpback Whales Can Be Grouped Into 5 Distinct Populations, According To New Genetic Study
Dec 04, 2013 09:14 AM E
The results of the first major genetic study of North Pacific humpback whales argues that the animals can be grouped into five distinct populations, each with their own migratory patterns and breeding grounds.
Wolves Learning
Dogs And Wolves May Not Be So Different After All; Study Suggests Wolves Can Be Domesticated, Too
Dec 03, 2013 17:55 PM E
Scientists in Austria have published a study in which they tested the ability of wolves and domesticated dogs to follow the cues of "demonstrators" to learn where to find food.
mice dropped on guam
2000 Mice Dropped On Guam To Kill Brown Tree Snakes
Dec 03, 2013 16:41 PM E
The U.S. government dropped 2,000 mice laced with acetaminophen over Andersen Air Force Base on Sunday in order to kill brown trees snakes. The snakes are an invasive species and have wreaked havoc on the exotic bird species population there. Brown tree snakes also make their way into electric substations, causing power outages.
Koala Bear
New Vocal Organ Discovered In Koalas Explains The Tiny Animals’ Elephant-Like Mating Call
Dec 03, 2013 09:32 AM E
Male koalas are diminutive in size, but give off extremely low pitched mating calls — a sound about 20 times lower than it should be. Scientists have discovered a new vocal organ that explains the incongruity.
orchid mantis
Orchid Mantis Perfectly Mimics Flowers In Order To Lure Prey [VIDEO]
Dec 02, 2013 18:19 PM E
The orchid mantis looks exactly like a flower blossom, which allows it to feast on the pollinating insects that it fools. The orchid mantis is even more successful than real flowers at attracting insects, according to study author James O'Hanlon of Macquarie University. The insect is the only one known to disguise itself as a flower blossom to attract prey.
Two Froghoppers Mating during the Middle Jurassic
Earliest Fossil Record of Mating Insects Found: Froghopper's Mating Behaviors Unchanged For Over 165 Million Years
Dec 02, 2013 10:54 AM E
Scientists in Beijing have uncovered the earliest known fossil record of mating insects. The fossil, of two froghoppers having sex, is from the Middle Jurassic period of Northeastern China.
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