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Collective Robot Behavior

By | August 18, 2014

A swarm of more than 1,000 small, puck-shaped robots can assemble into diverse patterns.

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Are Apes as Empathetic as Humans?

By | August 12, 2014

In the absence of complex emotional bonds, humans and bonobos show similar empathy, according to a study.

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Cephalopod Coddling

By | August 1, 2014

Deep-sea octopus has the longest-known brooding period known for any animal species.

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Meal Plans

By | August 1, 2014

Bacterial populations’ differing strategies for responding to their environment can set genetic routes to speciation.

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Prominent Animal Behaviorist Dies

By | July 29, 2014

Peter Marler, best known for his groundbreaking work on bird song, has passed away at age 86. 

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Doggie Jealousy

By | July 25, 2014

Our canine companions may have the capacity to feel human-like jealousy, according to a study.

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Super Sniffers?

By | July 24, 2014

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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Dustup Over Lionfish Science Fair Project

By | July 23, 2014

A former graduate student says he feels slighted by a failure to attribute his contributions to a line of research regarding the salinity tolerances of an invasive species.

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Behavior Brief

By | July 17, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Insecticides Harm Birds Indirectly

By | July 10, 2014

The effects of neonicotinoid use on insect populations appear to be rippling through the food chain, scientists show.

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