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Worker wasps grow visual brains, queens stay in the dark

A queen in a paperwasp colony largely stays in the dark. The worker wasps, who fly outside to seek food and building materials, see...

Oh, Lovely: Cockroach Never Seen Before in U.S. Is Identified in...

With winter’s arrival comes the kind of news that may give New Yorkers the creeps. A species of cockroach never found in the United...

Male roundworms shorten females’ lifespan with soluble compounds

It’s almost too good to be true. A Thanksgiving story about sex, death, gender conflict and… roundworms. A Stanford study published today in Science...

Using genes to rescue animal and plants from extinction

With estimates of losing 15 to 40 percent of the world’s species over the next four decades – due to climate change and habitat...

Extinction, overfishing threats can be predicted decades before population declines

A new UC Santa Barbara study shows that threats created by overfishing can be identified decades before the fish species at risk experience high...

Relating animals to humans could help conservation projects

New research by conservationists at the universities of Kent, Oxford, Columbia (USA) and Monash (Australia) suggests that people’s tendency to relate more to animals...

Amateur photogs may help science

Modern digital macro photographic equipment allows everybody to shoot marvellous pictures of very small-sized living organisms, including insects. Easy access to the internet facilitates allows...

Butterflies: ‘Twice-punished’ by habitat fragmentation and climate change

New findings by Virginie Stevens (CNRS), Jean Clobert (CNRS), Michel Baguette (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle) and colleagues show that interactions between dispersal and life-histories...

A lake fauna in a shot-glass

Danish research team leads the way for future biodiversity monitoring using DNA traces in the environment to keep track of threatened wildlife -- a lake water sample the size of a shot-glass can contain evidence of an entire lake fauna. Global biod...

Study shows species can change

A study of South American songbirds completed by the Department of Biology at Queen's University and the Argentine Museum of Natural History, has discovered these birds differ dramatically in colour and song yet show very little genetic differences whi...

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