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Sexual rivals can influence the size of a duck’s penis

Odds are, most people haven’t spent a lot of time pondering the specifics of duck penises, but a researcher from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts has spent more than a decade investigating their genitalia and has published a…

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‘Lazy’ ants found to be ‘bench players’ in ant colonies

While ants have a reputation for being intensely hard workers, previously published research has actually shown that at any given time, more than one-third of the ants in any given colony spend most of their time doing absolutely nothing –…

eel shock

Researcher puts his own body on the line to test eel’s shock power

For the first time, a scientist has found concrete evidence supporting a old tale by famed German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in which he described electric eels leaping up from the water to attack horses – and the author of…

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Researchers find ‘intriguing’ DNA in warm Antarctic caves

Traces of DNA discovered in soil samples collected from warm caves located beneath the ice of Antarctica suggest that the region may be home to never-before-seen plant and animal species, a new study published earlier this week in the journal…

African Wild Dog

African wild dogs sneeze to cast their votes, study finds

One of the world’s most endangered mammals uses an rudimentary (and highly unusual) brand of democracy when attempting to decide whether or not to go on a hunt: they come together in a social gathering and cast their votes by…

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Scientists looking to weaponize the Zika virus against brain cancer

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been feared because of the damage it can do to the brains of developing fetuses, but a new study published this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine has discovered that the pathogen could actually…

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Researchers reveal how Neanderthals made the first glue

Long before modern man discovered the first glue, Neanderthals were using tar made from tree bark as an adhesive to craft weapons and other tools, according to a new study led by researchers from the Netherlands and published in a…

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Study reveals the secret life of the Dodo

Even though they lived alongside humans for more than a century, scientists know precious little about the flightless birds known as the dodo, but a new analysis of the species’ bones could shed new light on the creature’s life cycle,…

winter landscape

Alaskan permafrost is thawing, and here’s why that’s a big problem

With a name like “permafrost,” one would probably think that the frozen terrain in sub-Arctic Alaska would be safe from the effects of global climate change, but scientists from Woods Hole Research Center now say that is not the case…

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Archaeologists unearth 2,000-year-old burial ground in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered three tombs thought to be at least 2,000 years old at an ancient  burial ground located in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area of Egypt’s Minya province, south of the city of Cairo, the country’s Ministry of State for…