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2009-10-22 07:25:00

In a somewhat controversial statement made on Wednesday, England's elite science academy, The Royal Society, said that world must utilize genetically modified crops in order to feed a rapidly growing global population and reduce the environmental damage of large-scale farming. The academy's report referred to the "grand challenge" of feeding an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050"”a statement corroborated by a report issued earlier this month by the UN's Food and Agricultural...

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2009-10-21 08:19:31

It may take a village to raise a child, and apparently it takes at least two adult birds to teach a young song sparrow how and what to sing. In the first study conducted in the field to examine how juvenile song birds learn their repertoire, University of Washington researchers have learned that eavesdropping on the singing conversations between two adult sparrows appears to be a key event in song learning. The results are being published Oct. 21 in the online edition of the Proceedings of...

2009-08-22 21:55:14

British organizations that seek to protect birds say they have begun a $414,000 effort to save endangered species. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Bird Life International will pay for scientific expeditions to wherever endangered species are seen, whether in jungles or on remote islands, The London Telegraph reported.The money will also go toward conservation of birds' habitats. The groups asked British birdwatchers to be on the lookout for endangered species at home and...

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2009-07-24 14:03:54

University researchers suggest that ants can accomplish a task more rationally than humans. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that people are "stupider" than ants, according to the research teams from Arizona State University and Princeton University. Study leaders Stephen Pratt and Susan Edwards say that humans and animals simply often make irrational choices when faced with very challenging decisions. Pratt wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences that...

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2009-07-02 06:45:00

According to a recent study, chimpanzees are capable of building their own tools after watching demonstration videos. The report, which appears in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, says the animals were shown footage of a trained chimp constructing a tool with two components for a food reward. When the chimps were given the same components after viewing the footage, they could build the tool and use it to obtain a treat. According to the researchers, this demonstrates how powerful...

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2009-06-30 14:16:13

Scientists have warned that the Harlequin ladybird is putting over 1,000 species in the UK in peril, BBC News reported. Dr. Helen Roy of the Center for Ecology and Hydrology called the rate of spread "dramatic and unprecedented." In just four years, the ladybird has spread to most parts of the UK, where it feeds on many other insects. But the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition produced research that suggests local ladybird parasites are adapting to prey on the interloper. Scientists...

2009-06-24 15:36:32

In the mating world of yellow dung flies, large, brawny males almost always get the girl. However, a new study suggests that smaller males rule if presented with an opportunity to woo females when they are not hanging out on cow dung. It is the first time alternative male reproductive strategies have been observed in this species.In a study published in the June 24 Proceedings of The Royal Society B, a group of Syracuse University (N.Y.) undergraduate students found that small male dung...

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2009-03-11 11:11:07

Researchers from London's Natural History Museum have found a rare fish that features small bone fangs. Found exclusively in a single Burmese stream, the Danionella dracula appears to have lost its teeth over time before it later evolved the fangs made of bone, researchers said in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B. "When you watch them in captivity you can see the males sparring," NHM's Ralf Britz told BBC News. "They display with their lower jaws open incredibly widely, then they...

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2009-03-04 14:14:20

In an intriguing 21st century example of Darwinism, researchers demonstrate that fish will again grow to larger sizes and produce more young when size-selective fishing is eased "Undesirable" evolution in fish "“ which makes their bodies grow smaller and fishery catches dwindle -- can actually be reversed in a few decades' time by changing our "take-the-biggest-fish" approach to commercial fishing, according to groundbreaking new research published today by Stony Brook University...

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2009-03-04 10:15:37

From geckos and iguanas to Gila monsters and Komodo dragons, lizards are among the most common reptiles on Earth. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. One even pitches car insurance in TV ads. They seemingly can adapt to a variety of conditions, but are most abundant in the tropics. However, new research that builds on data collected more than three decades ago demonstrates that lizards living in tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean could be in...


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Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society
2012-05-01 10:12:50

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. Established in 1665, it is the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science. It has remained in continuous publication since its inception, making it the world’s longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word “philosophical” in the title derives from the phrase “natural philosophy,” which was the equivalent of what is now generically called...

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