A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats

Non-biting midges are the tiny flies that swarm together as thick masses around lakes and streams, annoying passers-by in warm weather. But early in a …

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Researchers reconstruct ancient fish lizard

Geologists at Lund University in Sweden have mapped 300 years of research on the prehistoric marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs. Using a uniquely well-preserved fossil, …

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More evidence suggests self-awareness is also for some fish

An international team of researchers respond to criticisms on previous work that demonstrated Mirror Self-Recognition (MSR) in the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus, by 1) successfully …

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A neuron that tracks landmarks helps rats know where they are

Visual landmarks enable an animal to know where it is oriented in relation to its environment. Dartmouth researchers have identified a new type of neuron …

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Gene mutation that makes dogs small existed in ancient wolves

Popular belief has been that small dogs, such as Pomeranians and Chihuahuas, exist because once dogs were domesticated, humans wanted small, cute companions. But in …

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Researchers find newer variants of SARS-CoV-2 can infect mice, unlike the original version of the virus

A team of biology researchers at Georgia State University has found that some of the newer variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect …

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Fishers facing pressure from wildfires, salvage logging

The recovery of the fisher, a charismatic, long-tailed forest carnivore, will likely be hindered by the increasing frequency and intensity of future wildfires, new research …

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Mosquitoes’ mating game discovery provides new clues to combat malaria

Male mosquitoes beat their wings faster when swarming at sunset to better detect females and increase their chance of reproducing, finds a novel study led …

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Climate-only models likely underestimate species extinction

Ecologists estimate that 15 to 37% of plant and animal species will go extinct as a direct result of the rapidly changing climate. But new …

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Common Arctic finches are all the same species

For birders struggling to figure out what kind of Redpoll they’re watching, new research from the University of Colorado Boulder says don’t worry — the …

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