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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.

A New Measure Of Biodiversity

A New Measure Of Biodiversity

The CANAPE model unites genetic and spatial information, providing a more comprehensive understanding of biodiversity.

New Edible Catfish Discovered In North Queensland

New Edible Catfish Discovered In North Queensland

A genetic analysis reveals that a commonly caught eel-tailed catfish is actually a distinct new species.

Tropical Fish Migration Destroying Kelp & Seagrass

Tropical Fish Migration Destroying Kelp & Seagrass

Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries.

Kangaroos Use Tail As Fifth Leg

Kangaroos Use Tail As Fifth Leg

Kangaroo tails are surprisingly powerful, providing as much force as their front and hind legs combined, study shows.