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Mapping Human Impacts On Top Marine Predators
2013-10-29 08:00:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the richest ecosystems in the world, the California Current System, is driven by nutrient input from coastal upwelling and supports a great diversity of marine life. It is also heavily impacted by human activities, much like other coastal regions. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), reveal areas along the west coast where human impacts on marine predators such as whales, seals, seabirds and sea...

2013-08-30 23:22:02

Diet Doc’s best weight loss plans are now designed to specifically target and eliminate extra, unwanted body fat by and now reveal advanced no carb diets that are easy to maintain with appetite controlling diet supplements. Monterey,CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 Finding a no carb diet that works can be challenging and leaves many dieters believing that their struggles with weight gain and excess body fat will continue indefinitely. But, because Diet Doc’s best weight loss programs and...

Male Black Widows Cannibalize Older Females
2013-05-07 05:18:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea that the female of a species would, after completing coitus, approach, kill and eat her mate is a sentiment that instills, if not fear, unease in many the male reader. This scenario, in fact, is exactly how the Black Widow spider got its name. However, according to researchers out of Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, the popular knowledge behind this spider might not necessarily be so. Study authors Lenka Sentenska...

2012-04-26 09:47:47

Male praying mantises are more likely to engage in risky mating behavior if they have not had recent access to females, as reported Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Female praying mantises are known for their cannibalistic behavior toward their mates, and males take a large risk when they attempt to reproduce. In the current work, led by William Brown of State University of New York at Fredonia, the researchers found that males modulate this risk by altering their approach rate...

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2008-10-23 08:10:00

Spanish researchers said Friday that female spiders who consume their male suitors produce stronger, larger and more numerous offspring than spiders with more mundane diets.  The scientists also found that the merciless mother spiders preferred waiting until mating was complete before consuming their suitors, ensuring they would hatch their spiderlings. The work was the first "natural" study to validate the legend about spiders exhibiting such behavior, and shows why it may be...

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2008-09-12 11:08:28

Female spiders are voracious predators and consume a wide range of prey, which sometimes includes their mates. A number of hypotheses have been proposed for why females eat males before or after mating. Researchers Shawn Wilder and Ann Rypstra from Miami University in Ohio found, in a study published in the September issue of the American Naturalist, that the answer may be simpler than previously thought. Males are more likely to be eaten if they are much smaller than females, which likely...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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