This Fossilized Creature Has the World's Oldest Muscles
H. quadriformis
August 26th, 2014
A fossilized creature found in Canada probably didn't go to the gym, but it may be the oldest animal known to have muscles, a new study finds.
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Why Bigger City Spiders Are a Good Thing (Op-Ed)
Golden orb weaving spiders, arachnids
August 24th, 2014
Find yourself thinking that the spider living in your garden is the biggest you’ve ever seen? You could be right.
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Yawning Is Contagious in Wolves (Just Like Humans)
Yawning wolves
August 27th, 2014
Just as with humans, when wolves see one of their fellow creatures yawn, they do it too, a new study suggests. And the contagious yawning could be a sign that these animals have the capacity for empathy, the researchers say.
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Spider Personalities Shine Among Friends
The social desert spider, Stegodyphus dumicola
August 26th, 2014
Yes, spiders can have personalities. And new research finds that these personalities assert themselves when spiders find their niches in social groups. The study suggests an evolutionary reason for the development of personality.
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The Surprising Reason Hummingbirds Love Sweets
Hummingbird feeding on nectar
August 21st, 2014
New research reveals why hummingbirds ¬have a taste for sweets even though they lack a sweet taste receptor on their tongues.
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City Spiders Are Bigger, More Fertile Than Country Cousins
Humped golden orb-weaving spider.
August 20th, 2014
Perhaps even creepier than spiders are city spiders. New research has found the humped golden orb-weaving spider grows larger and produces more eight-legged babies in urban areas.
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Turtle and Tortoise Travails and Triumphs (Op-Ed)
Kemp's ridley sea turtle, turtles, tortoises
August 26th, 2014
Turtles across the United States need help.
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Rhino Reproduction Could Get Boost from Hormone Tests
black rhino
August 26th, 2014
Rhino reproduction may undergo a renaissance in European zoos, as researchers try to tap into how they can boost the success of these massive animals mating in captivity, according to a new study.
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Sickly Coral Reefs Fail the Smell Test
Corals in a marine protected area
August 21st, 2014
When looking for a place to settle down, young corals and fish use chemical cues to sniff out bad neighborhoods littered with seaweed.
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