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2009-12-23 16:01:09

Female ducks have evolved an intriguing way to avoid becoming impregnated by undesirable but aggressive males endowed with large corkscrew-shaped penises: vaginas with clockwise spirals that thwart oppositely spiraled males. More details of this evolutionary battle of the sexes fought at the level of genitalia are described by Yale researchers in the December 23 issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "In species where forced copulation is common, males have evolved longer...

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2009-12-22 08:54:41

Stopping male mosquitoes from sealing their sperm inside females with a 'mating plug' could prevent mosquitoes from reproducing, and offer a potential new way to combat malaria, say scientists publishing new results in PLoS Biology on 22 December. The new study focuses on the species of mosquito primarily responsible for the transmission of malaria in Africa, known as Anopheles gambiae. These mosquitoes mate only once in their lifetime, which means that disrupting the reproductive process...

2009-12-09 06:45:00

SUNNYBANK HILLS, Australia, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- These days, it's common knowledge that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. And yet, we are still getting married. In some countries such as Australia the number of marriages is actually on the rise. It is understandable that people enter into a serious partnership like marriage with the best of intentions. People actually believe that the fairy tale can be real, that together they'll beat the odds and be part of the 50% of...

2009-12-08 11:23:45

Females can be too attractive to the opposite sex "“"“ too attractive for their own good "“"“ say biologists at UC Santa Barbara. They found that, among fruit flies, too much male attention directed toward attractive females leads to smaller families and, ultimately, to a reduced rate of population-wide adaptive evolution. In an article published in the December 8 issue of Public Library of Science Biology, the authors described their experiments on the sex lives of...

2009-10-22 13:55:20

New research shows that male suitors of a female cannibalistic spider risk facing a premature death unless they perform an adequate courtship lasting a minimum of 100 minutes. Further, the research shows that "sneaker" males can slip by and mate successfully on the courtship efforts of the hard-working first suitor. Scientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough have published a research paper titled "Female's courtship threshold allows intruding males to mate with reduced effort" in the...

2009-09-10 08:52:29

British scientists say they've found some female insects can control the amount of sperm they store in an effort to select the best father for their young. University of Exeter researchers say their findings represent new evidence to explain how some female insects can influence the father of their offspring, even after mating with up to 10 males. The scientists, led by postdoctoral researcher Amanda Bretman, made the discovery during research involving female crickets, which often mate with...

2009-09-08 09:54:21

Females control sperm storage to pick the best father Scientists have found new evidence to explain how female insects can influence the father of their offspring, even after mating with up to ten males. A team from the University of Exeter has found that female crickets are able to control the amount of sperm that they store from each mate to select the best father for their young. The research team believes the females may be using their abdominal muscles to control the amount of sperm...

2009-08-13 12:36:17

U.S. scientists say they've discovered Candida albicans, a fungus that can make people sick, pursues both same-sex and opposite-sex mating activities. Brown University researchers said their discovery marks the first time the same-sex mode of reproduction has been identified in Candida albicans, the most common of human fungal pathogens that produces thrush and other diseases. This discovery really surprised us, said Assistant Professor Richard Bennett. Candida albicans has two mating types...

2009-06-11 10:55:00

In a study published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE June 10, Chang Seok Han and Piotr Jablonski at Seoul National University, Korea, report that by evolving a morphological shield to protect their genitalia from males' forceful copulatory attempts, females of an Asian species of water strider seem to "win" the evolutionary arms race between the sexes. Instead, females only expose their genitalia for copulation after males produce a courtship "song" by tapping the water...

2009-06-02 17:18:00

SAN DIEGO, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Divorce rates are still almost fifty percent and yet millions of people each year enter into marriage without learning the communication skills needed to navigate through the trials and tribulations of life as a couple. On the reality show "Jon and Kate Plus 8," Americans have witnessed first hand the struggles of their marriage. Jon and Kate are like many couples who experience the difficulties of daily life and struggle to keep their marriage...


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Stegodyphus lineatus
2014-04-07 14:12:35

Stegodyphus lineatus is the only European species belonging to the spider genus Stegodyphus. The males of this species are up to 12 millimeters long, while the females are up to 15 millimeters long. The coloration can range from whitish to almost black. In the majority of individuals, the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. The males and females look similar, but the male is usually richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead. The species name is in...

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2007-02-21 11:04:54

The Greek Tortoise, Testudo graeca, is one of four European member of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. The other members of the family are Herman's Tortoise, Marginated Tortoise, and Horsfield's Tortoise. There are six noticeable differences between males and females of the Greek Tortoise. Males have a longer tail that tapers to an even point. The anal cavity opening is farther from the base of the tail on the male. The male's underbelly is somewhat curved, while females have a flat...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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