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Social Network Research Could Boost Conservation Efforts For Prairie Dogs
2014-07-29 03:28:36

Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts.

What Sparked The Origin Of Life
2012-11-27 06:45:21

Scientists have questioned how life began on a molecular level for a very long time. And now, an international team of researchers has presented evidence that sheds light on a possible mechanism by which life may have gotten a foothold in the chemical soup that existed early in the Earth's history.

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2012-02-28 08:54:40

A new fossil study of North American Ice Age coyotes finds that modern coyotes are much smaller in size today than they were several during the Ice Age.

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2010-12-02 07:48:55

What sets mankind's closest relatives — monkeys, apes, and other primates — apart from other animals? According to a new study, one answer is that primates are less susceptible to the seasonal ups and downs — particularly rainfall— that take their toll on other animals.

2010-04-22 11:35:11

A group of scientists who have studied the life history of primates for decades got to thinking about their own life histories and decided they had better do something to preserve their work for posterity.

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2010-04-05 11:05:00

Surplus food can be a double-edged sword for bottom-feeders in the ocean deep, according to a new study in the April issue of Ecology.

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2010-03-15 15:40:20

Flowering plants may be considerably older than previously thought, says a new analysis of the plant family tree.

2010-01-11 13:45:58

A growing number of scientists are merging methods and results from different disciplines to extract new meaning from old data, says a team of researchers in a recent issue of Evolution.

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2009-07-28 16:15:00

For avid fishermen and anglers, the largemouth bass is a favorite freshwater fish with an appetite for minnows.

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2009-05-22 06:05:00

Researchers have discovered answers to the long pondered question: Why is it that some birds sing such sophisticated songs and others sing so simply?


Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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