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October 21, 2020

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A Flexible Color-Changing Film Inspired by Chameleon Skin

Chameleons can famously change their colors to camouflage themselves, communicate and regulate their temperature. Scientists have tried to replicate these color-changing properties for stealth ...

How Do Snakes 'See' in the Dark? Researchers Have an Answer

Certain species of snake -- think pit vipers, boa constrictors and pythons, among others -- are able to find and capture prey with uncanny accuracy, even in total darkness. Now scientists have ...

This Beetle Can Survive Getting Run Over by a Car. Engineers Are Figuring out How

Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of ...
When temperatures go below a critical limit, sleeping lizards lose their grip and fall out of trees. But when researchers collected the scaled survivors of a record cold ...
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Moles: Intersexual and Genetically Doped

Female moles not only have ovarian, but also testicular tissue that produces male sex hormones - which lets them diverge from the categorization into two sexes. A team describes which genetic ...

New Species of Aquatic Mice Discovered, Cousins of One of the World's Rarest Mammals

Scientists have discovered two new species of 'stilt mice,' semi-aquatic African rodents with extra-long feet that they stand up on like a kangaroo. The mice wade in streams and dip their ...

The banyan fig tree Ficus microcarpa is famous for its aerial roots, which sprout from branches and eventually reach the soil. The tree also has a unique relationship with a wasp that has coevolved ...

Zoologists Uncover New Example of Rapid Evolution -- Meet the Sulawesi Babblers

Zoologists have discovered that male and female Sulawesi Babblers (Pellorneum celebense, a species of bird) have evolved to attain different sizes on small islands, and in quick-fire time. They ...

Ants Adapt Tool Use to Avoid Drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers, when faced with the risk of drowning. This is the first time this sophisticated tool use has been ...

Mammals Share Gene Pathways That Allow Zebrafish to Grow New Eyes

Working with fish, birds and mice, researchers report new evidence that some animals' natural capacity to regrow neurons is not missing, but is instead inactivated in ...

Paleontologists Identify New Species of Mosasaur

A new species of an ancient marine reptile evolved to strike terror into the hearts of the normally safe, fast-swimming fish has been identified, shedding light on what it took to survive in highly ...

Feline Friendly? How to Build Rap-Paw With Your Cat

A team of psychologists have discovered a new way for humans to bond with ...

Toothless Dino's Lost Digits Point to Spread of Parrot-Like Species

A newly discovered species of toothless, two-fingered dinosaur has shed light on how a group of parrot-like animals thrived more than 68 million years ...

This 'Squidbot' Jets Around and Takes Pics of Coral and Fish

Engineers have built a squid-like robot that can swim untethered, propelling itself by generating jets of water. The robot carries its own power source inside its body. It can also carry a sensor, ...

Earth Grows Fine Gems in Minutes

Some of Earth's finest gemstones grew in a matter of minutes. Geologists made that discovery while investigating mineral formations that are rich in lithium and rare ...

Sprat, Mollusks and Algae: What a Diet of the Future Might Look Like

Rethinking what we eat is essential if we hope to nourish ourselves sustainably and mind the climate. One option is to seek out alternative food sources from the sea. All the way at the bottom, where ...

CRISPRing Trees for a Climate-Friendly Economy

Researchers have discovered a way to stably fine-tune the amount of lignin in poplar by applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Lignin is one of the main structural substances in plants and it makes ...

Process for Regenerating Neurons in the Eye and Brain Identified

A team of researchers has identified networks of genes that regulate the process responsible for determining whether neurons will regenerate in certain animals, such as ...

Body Size of the Extinct Megalodon Indeed Off the Charts in the Shark World

A new study shows that the body size of the iconic gigantic or megatooth shark, about 15 meters (50 feet) in length, is indeed anomalously large compared to body sizes of its ...

A Tale of Two Cesspits: DNA Reveals Intestinal Health in Medieval Europe and Middle East

Analysis of 14th-15th century latrines in Jerusalem and Riga, Latvia identifies some of the microbes resident in the guts of these pre-industrial populations, illuminating how gut contents have ...

Cheating Birds Mimic Host Nestlings to Deceive Foster Parents

While common cuckoos mimic their host's eggs, new research has revealed that a group of parasitic finch species in Africa have evolved to mimic their host's chicks - and with astonishing ...

Bright Light Bars Big-Eyed Birds from Human-Altered Landscapes

New research shows the glaring light in human-altered landscapes, such as livestock pastures and crop fields, can act as a barrier to big-eyed birds, potentially contributing to their ...

Element in Blood Is Part of Human -- And Hibernating Squirrel -- Stress Response, Study Reveals

A new study shows that part of the stress response in people and animals involves increasing the levels of naturally circulating iodide in blood. The discovery demonstrates a biological mechanism ...

Survey Finds American Support for Human-Animal Chimera Research

In September 2015, the US National Institutes of Health placed a funding moratorium on research that involves introducing human pluripotent stem cells into animal embryos. To assess attitudes on ...

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