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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures

By Catherine Offord | December 1, 2016

Researchers discover diverse communities of invertebrates inhabiting the water-filled tracks of elephants in Uganda.

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Certain microbes express genes in a methane-production pathway, offering an explanation for puzzlingly high levels of the gas in some lakes.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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Neurometabolic Disorders Could Contribute to Depression

By Ben Andrew Henry | November 1, 2016

Impairments in the production of neurotransmitters may lead to depression in some patients, preliminary results show, opening new avenues for research.

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Male mice exposed to females, their urine, or a chemical in their urine lost sensory neurons in their vomeronasal organs that respond to that chemical.

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The simple therapy likely exploits the neural plasticity of the olfactory system.

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Seals Help Oceanographers Explore Underwater

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2016

Data collected by elephant seals in Antarctic waters provide a closer look at the processes driving ocean circulation.

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Birders Break North American Record

By Kerry Grens | October 1, 2016

A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.

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Genetic Test Solves Royal Mystery

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2016

Genetic analyses lay to rest conspiracy theories about death of Belgian King Albert I, who lost his life in a rock climbing accident more than 80 years ago.

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