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A second look at the color of dinosaur eggs

After garnering worldwide attention last year for her research on the origins of egg color in birds, Yale paleontologist Jasmina Wiemann has taken a second look...

Cities are key to saving monarch butterflies

It's easy to think of cities as being the enemy of nature. When we talk about escaping the skyscrapers and car horns, we have...

Color change and behavior enable multi-colored chameleon prawns to survive

Chameleon prawns change colour to camouflage themselves as the seaweed around them changes seasonally, new research shows. Unlike chameleons and cuttlefish, chameleon prawns (Hippolyte varians)...

The brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social interaction

UCLA researchers have observed that the brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations. The synchronized activity not only arose during various types...

New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a rich diversity of life. In a new...

New study proves some of Earth’s oldest animals could take trips

New UC Riverside-led research settles a longstanding debate about whether the most ancient animal communities were deliberately mobile. It turns out they were, because...

Sea otters have low genetic diversity like endangered species, biologists report

Sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species, a UCLA-led team of life scientists has discovered. The findings...

Bees Required to Create an Excellent Blueberry Crop

Getting an excellent rabbiteye blueberry harvest requires helpful pollinators—particularly native southeastern blueberry bees—although growers can bring in managed honey bees to do the job,...

Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic

Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna. But in ancient times, these powerful carnivores also...

To help the bees, protect the prairie

California almond farmers who depend on commercial bee hives to pollinate their lucrative crops would benefit from increased efforts to protect essential bee foraging...

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