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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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Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea

By Ruth Williams | October 12, 2016

Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.


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Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.


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Ocean Viruses Cataloged

By Jef Akst | September 21, 2016

An international research team triples the number of known virus types found in marine environments. 


Policymakers’ choice of seawater intakes highlights California’s troubling embrace of unproven technologies.


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Zika Update

By Bob Grant | September 7, 2016

Virus’s genome to aid in diagnoses; bees caught in crossfire of mosquito sprays; Zika spreads in Asia; US Congress revisits Zika funding

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A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation

By Moushumi Basu | September 1, 2016

An indigenous community in northeastern India is a crucial part of the effort to save these majestic forest birds from extinction.

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Neonicotinoids May Harm Wild Bees

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 16, 2016

Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides is correlated with population declines of a large number of wild bee species, according to a field study conducted in the U.K.

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The Badger-Cow TB Connection

By Bob Grant | August 5, 2016

Researchers in the U.K. report that badgers may be passing tuberculosis to farm animals not through direct contact, as was previously suspected, but through exposure to urine and feces.

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