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Orangutan real-estate provides new hope

Spending time with a particular animal undoubtedly creates a bond that stays with you for a long time, if not for life. In my...

Inbreeding bed bugs key to massive infestations

New research on the bed bug's ability to withstand the genetic bottleneck of inbreeding, announced today at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting, provides new clues ...

Whiff of testosterone helps prenatal female Alpine marmots

Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) live in extended family groups of up to 20 individuals. The groups consist of a dominant territorial pair and a number of subordinate individuals, typically descendants of the dominant pair. Over a 14-year period, Kla...

Global warming worms dooming fish?

Parasitic worms that infect fish, and have a devastating effect on fish reproduction, grow four times faster at higher temperatures -- providing some of the first evidence that global warming affects the interactions between parasites and their hosts...

Inflammatory cues modulate goblet cell products important for intestinal barrier...

In a paper published in the December 2011 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign led by Rex Gaskins, PhD have demonstrated that both microbial and host inflammatory factors modul...

Powerful mathematical model greatly improves predictions for species facing climate change

UCLA life scientists and colleagues have produced the most comprehensive mathematical model ever devised to track the health of populations exposed to environmental change. The research, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, is publis...

Aggression prevents the better part of valor … in fig wasps

Published online in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, the study confirms that placid male pollinator fig wasps work together to chew an escape tunnel for their females, before crawling back into the fig to die -- the non-pollinating variety ...

They call it guppy love

Guppies in the wild have evolved over at least half-a-million years — long enough for the males' coloration to have changed dramatically. Yet a...

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Why science writing is like learning...

This is an odd title and I am stuck with it.  Worse, I am compelled to explain why this is so.  Today, I am at...

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