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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Underwater Maids: Mussels and Clams Could Mop Up Waterways
California floater mussels
August 20th, 2014
They might not have feather dusters, brooms or even arms and legs, but bivalves — such as clams, mussels and oysters — make good underwater maids, a new study suggests.
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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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The Odd Way Tuberculosis Was Brought to America
South American Fur Seal
August 20th, 2014
When European explorers landed in the Americas, they brought tuberculosis (TB) and a wave of other deadly diseases with them. However, some strains of TB may have already been lurking in South America, a new study finds.
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Surprising Survivor: Little Ancient Reptile Outlived Dinosaurs
the Punta Peligro fossil locality, Chubut Province, Patagonia.
August 20th, 2014
A new fossil find reveals that a family of lizardlike reptiles survived the Cretaceous extinction that killed the dinosaurs and lived for millions more years in South America.
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Zombie Fungus Makes 'Sniper's Alley' Around Ant Colonies
Zombie ant with stalk
August 19th, 2014
A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts.
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Tiny Jurassic Mammals Were Picky Eaters
The researchers digitally reconstructed the jawbones of 200 million-year-old mammals that lived during the Jurassic Period.
August 20th, 2014
A new fossil-analysis technique revealed that early mammals from the Jurassic period were probably more picky insectivores than scientists previously thought.
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Get a Death Grip! Why Snakes Don't Slip When Climbing Trees
A boa constrictor slithers up a tree.
August 19th, 2014
Some snakes seem to be little scaredy-cats, as research finds when climbing trees, they hold on for dear life, using a much greater force than is needed to grip tree trunks. The finding suggests snakes prefer to play it safe than conserve energy.
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