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Rhythmic vibrations guide caste development in social wasps

MADISON — Future queen or tireless toiler? A paper wasp’s destiny may lie in the antennal drumbeats of its caretaker.
While feeding their colony’s larvae, a paper wasp queen and other dominant females periodically beat their antennae in a …

First strawberry genome sequence promises better berries

DURHAM, N.H. — An international team of researchers, including several from the University of New Hampshire, have completed the first DNA sequence of any strawberry plant, giving breeders much-needed tools to create tastier, healthier strawberries…

Young female chimpanzees appear to treat sticks as dolls

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The must-have gift for young female chimpanzees this holiday season might be in the Christmas tree, not under it.
That’s the finding of scientists at Harvard University and Bates College, who say female chimpanzees appear to tr…

Pure nanotube-type growth edges toward the possible

New research at Rice University could ultimately show scientists the way to make batches of nanotubes of a single type.
A paper in the online journal Physical Review Letters unveils an elegant formula by Rice University physicist Boris Yakobson an…

Young children sensitive to others’ behaviors and intentions

Young children’s helpfulness is tempered when they see that the person they intend to help has harmed another person. But it also diminishes when they see that the object of their attention meant to harm another, even if no harm was done.
That’s t…

Oil will run dry before substitutes roll out

At the current pace of research and development, global oil will run
out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready, says a new
University of California, Davis, study based on stock market
expectations.
The forecast was published online…

Main squeeze not needed for boa mom

In a finding that upends decades of scientific theory on reptile reproduction, researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that female boa constrictors can squeeze out babies without mating.
More strikingly, the finding sho…

Giant star goes supernova — and is smothered by its own dust

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang.
Ohio State University researchers suspect that this odd event — the first one of its kind ever viewed …

Brown University chemists simplify biodiesel conversion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As the United States seeks to lessen its reliance on foreign oil, biodiesel is expected to play a role. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a branch of the Department of Energy, biodi…

Drug holds promise to halt debilitating condition of diabetes

LAWRENCE — A drug developed at the University of Kansas has the potential to stop a debilitating condition of diabetes that often leads to pain in the extremities and even amputations, KU researchers have found.
The researchers recently publish…