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Send in the Bots

By | October 1, 2013

Animal robots have become a unique tool for studying the behavior of their flesh-and-blood counterparts.

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Influential Ecologist Dies

By | September 24, 2013

Ruth Patrick, who pioneered freshwater pollution monitoring, has passed away at age 105.

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The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

By | September 18, 2013

Toxoplasma gondii seems to cause hard-wired changes in the brains of mice that persist even after the parasite is gone.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 12, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Electric Fish Kin Wired Differently

By | August 29, 2013

Two new species of closely related electric fishes discovered in the Amazon produce very different electrical signals: one AC, the other DC.

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A Sense of Mystery

By | August 1, 2013

Researchers from various disciplines are homing in on the mechanics of magnetoreception, an enigmatic sense that some animals use to navigate the globe.

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Another Super Shrew

By | July 24, 2013

A newly discovered sister species to the hero shrew shares its spine of steel, hinting at the evolution and function of the super-strong anatomical structure.

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Dolphins by Name

By | July 23, 2013

Bottlenose dolphins can recognize and respond to their own “signature whistles,” strengthening the evidence that these whistles function like names.

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Group Think

By | July 1, 2013

Flocks of birds and schools of fish become more than the sum of their parts thanks to complex interactive behaviors.

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Research Behind Bars

By | July 1, 2013

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni advances forest conservation and science advocacy by enlisting the help of prisoners.

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