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Hiding In The Reefs Protects Epaulette Sharks From CO<sub>2</sub>

Hiding In The Reefs Protects Epaulette Sharks From CO2

The oceans are getting more acidic, but living in the reefs has helped epaulette sharks cope, scientists say.

Insects Benefit From Good Leadership Too

Insects Benefit From Good Leadership Too

Unlike other social animals, leadership in steel-blue sawfly groups is mutually beneficial for both leaders and followers.

Keeping The Crown-Of-Thorns At Bay

Keeping The Crown-Of-Thorns At Bay

A detailed study of the population dynamics of the Crown-of-Thorns starfish could help local fishermen dependent on the coral reefs of Japan.

Seeing Cancer With Mantis Shrimp Eyes

Seeing Cancer With Mantis Shrimp Eyes

Inspired by the mantis shrimp’s elegant visual system based on polarized light, scientists have developed a camera that can see cancer.

Termites Evolved Complex Bioreactors 30 Million Years Ago

Termites Evolved Complex Bioreactors 30 Million Years Ago

A genetic analysis has revealed that the enzymes required to decompose plant material are distributed across fungi, termites and their gut bacteria.

Genetic Code Of Resilient Midges Unveiled

Genetic Code Of Resilient Midges Unveiled

Researchers have deciphered the genetic mechanism of a species of small fly that is invulnerable to harsh conditions such as drought.

The Secrets Of Life Underground

The Secrets Of Life Underground

The genome of the Damaraland mole rat provides an insight into the adaptations required for life underground.

Hummingbirds Turned Savory Into Sweet

Hummingbirds Turned Savory Into Sweet

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how hummingbirds detect sugars without sweet-taste receptors—they use modified savory receptors instead.

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Study shows that birds prefer red and black over other fruit colors, suggesting that bird preferences may have influenced fruit color evolution.

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

A study shows that pelicans are particularly susceptible to fishing tackle injuries, forming 59 percent of all birds injured.