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Bats Could Help Protect Rice Against Pests

Bats Could Help Protect Rice Against Pests

The wrinkle-lipped bat might be useful in protecting rice shoots against the white-backed planthopper, scientists say.

Deep Sea Fish Uses Mirror-Eyes To See In The Dark

Deep Sea Fish Uses Mirror-Eyes To See In The Dark

The glasshead barreleye fish has mirrored cylindrical eyes which enable it to see both the dim light coming from above as well as the flashes of bioluminescence from below.

Biodiversity Loss Linked To Outbreaks Of Disease

Biodiversity Loss Linked To Outbreaks Of Disease

Although high biodiversity represents a potential source of zoonotic pathogens, the loss of biodiversity is what spurs the outbreak of diseases, a study says.

Five New Armored Spiders Discovered in China

Five New Armored Spiders Discovered in China

Five new armored spiders have been discovered in the caves of South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Climate Change Aided Genghis Khan’s Empire

Climate Change Aided Genghis Khan’s Empire

Unusual climate conditions favored the advance of Mongolian military power in the time of Genghis Khan, scientists say.

Timid Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard

Timid Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard

Ants act both as guardians and predators of jumping spiders in a three-species interaction described by scientists.

When Two Become One, One Switches Off

When Two Become One, One Switches Off

In allopolypoids, which are formed when two different species merge into one, the DNA of both is conserved, but only one species’ RNA is expressed, says a geneticist.

A Bird’s Eye View Of Flowers

A Bird’s Eye View Of Flowers

Mathematical models show that a disproportionate number of Australian flowers have colors that attract honeyeaters, suggesting that flowers have evolved in response to bird visual systems.

Birds Of A Feather Flock Left Or Right

Birds Of A Feather Flock Left Or Right

Scientists find that budgies’ inbuilt bias to the left or right, analogous to human handedness, helps them avoid mid-air collisions.

New Tool To Unlock The Genetics Of Grapes

New Tool To Unlock The Genetics Of Grapes

A new web-based genetics tool can help researchers and grape breeders to identify genes that control flavor and pest-resistance.