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Really Bad Breath

By | January 3, 2014

Tobacco hornworms release puffs of nicotine that deter some predators.


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BBC Cameras Capture Dolphin High?

By | January 2, 2014

A new, two-part TV series to be aired on BBC1 includes video of dolphins playing with toxic puffer fish—possibly to get intoxicated.


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A Ribbeting Tale

By | January 1, 2014

A famous frog-hopping contest yields data that challenge previous lab estimates of how far a bullfrog can jump.

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Flapless Flight

By | January 1, 2014

New research increases the understanding of how albatrosses fly effortlessly by harvesting energy out of thin air.


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Unhealthy Chemicals Linked to Fracking

By | December 17, 2013

Water samples collected from natural gas extraction sites in Colorado contain hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, and cancer.

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Behavior Brief

By | December 6, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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Elephants Are Aggressive, but Fish Just Bite?

By | December 5, 2013

Scientists have a hard time agreeing on how to measure an animal’s personality.


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Wolfish Social Skills

By | December 4, 2013

According to a new study, wolves can learn from humans.

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Inherited Fears

By | December 2, 2013

Mice appear to pass certain fears onto their offspring, according to a new study.

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Biology's Coefficient

By | December 1, 2013

Joel Cohen uses the tools of mathematics to deconstruct questions of life.


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