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Urban Spiders Tend To Be Larger, More Fertile Than Their Rural Counterparts

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Living in the city can have its benefits – especially if you’re an arachnid, according to new research reporting that some types of spiders grow larger and have increased reproductive capabilities…

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Analysis Of Moth Flight-Mechanics Could Result In Development Of Biobot Drones

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to convert moths into miniature drones by electronically manipulating their flight muscles and monitoring the signals the insects use to control…

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Misunderstood Worm-Like Fossil Finds Its Place In The Tree Of Life

University of Cambridge One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking…

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Falsely Accused: The “Thieving” Magpie Shown To Have Little Interest In Shiny Objects

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite its reputation in literature and folklore, researchers from the University of Exeter Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB) have found no evidence that magpies are attracted to shiny objects.…

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Talking River Turtles Produce Vocalizations To Coordinate Activities, Care For Young

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Giant South American River Turtles are capable of producing a variety of vocalizations in different behavioral situations, including while they are caring for their young, a team of US and Brazilian…

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Secrets Behind Gecko’s Amazing Adhesive Skills Revealed In New Study

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The uncanny ability of geckos to adhere to nearly any surface and even walk on ceilings is the result of a biological mechanism in their toes that the lizards can instantly…

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Tortoises Trained To Use Touchscreen As Part Of Spatial Navigation Study

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists has successfully trained four red-footed tortoises how to use a touchscreen, according to new research appearing in the July edition of the journal Behavioral Processes. The…

if these chips could talk

MIT Geniuses Extract Audio From Potato Chip Bag And More

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) never fail to amaze, and now they have discovered how to identify sounds that have been made in a separate room purely from visual…

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Hummingbird Wings Generate Lift More Efficiently Than The Best Micro-Helicopter Blades

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Hummingbird wings are more efficient than even the highest-quality helicopter blades when it comes to generating lift, according to new research appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the…

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Using Brainwaves To Predict Audience Reaction Is A Marketer’s Dream

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study conducted at the City College of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech looks to have found a highly reliable way to predict audience reaction to TV shows and…