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Not so selfish after all -- Key role of transposable elements in mammalian evolution

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

A scientist has revealed a key role for 'selfish' transposable elements in the evolution of the mammary gland, a defining feature of all mammals....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:14 EST

To navigate, flies make flexible mental maps of the world

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Flies use visual cues to finesse their mental maps of the environment. Two new studies use virtual reality to show how....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:13 EST

Yeasts in nectar can stimulate the growth of bee colonies

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Researchers have found that the presence of yeasts can alter the chemical composition and thus the nutritional value of nectar for pollinators such as bees. Moreover, the study found that yeasts can even boost bee health and colony fitness....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:13 EST

Dog and sheep bones help injured pigeons fly again

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Sheep and dog bones can be whittled into orthopedic pins that stabilize pigeons' fractured wings, helping the fractures to heal properly without follow-up surgery. Researchers describe the treatment, which is cheaper and more efficient than using metal pin...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:11 EST

A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked

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On some of the Galapagos Islands where human-introduced predators of Darwin's finches were eradicated over a decade ago, the finches are still acting as though they are in danger, according to research....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:11 EST

Leadership's in the blood for tiny fish

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Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:07 EST