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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.

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Image of the Day: New Neurons

By The Scientist Staff | March 28, 2018

Scientists discover a molecular factor that allows them to follow neurons from birth to maturity.

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Tadpoles Keep Eating Because They Don’t Feel Full

By Catherine Offord | March 28, 2018

Baby frogs don’t develop the neural circuitry responsible for feeding inhibition until they begin metamorphosing into adults. 

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Trained spotters haven’t seen any newborns, suggesting trouble for the animal’s overall survival.

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Image of the Day: Morphing Cells

By The Scientist Staff | March 27, 2018

By removing a single gene, researchers change the developmental fate of tumor cells in mice.  

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image: Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

By Catherine Offord | March 22, 2018

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.

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image: World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies

World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies

By Shawna Williams | March 20, 2018

Only two members of the subspecies are now left alive.

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image: Image of the Day: Pterosaur Fossils

Image of the Day: Pterosaur Fossils

By The Scientist Staff | March 14, 2018

Paleontologists find fossils from at least seven species of the flying reptiles in Morocco.

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