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Insects feel persistent pain after injury, evidence suggests

Scientists have known insects experience something like pain since 2003, but new research published today from Associate Professor Greg Neely and colleagues at the University of Sydney proves for the first time that insects also experience chronic pain that lasts... Continue Reading →

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Birds During a Total Solar Eclipse

What do birds do during a total solar eclipse? Darkness descends more quickly in a total eclipse than during sunset, but returns just as quickly -- and perhaps unexpectedly to the avians -- just a few minutes later. Stories about the unusual... Continue Reading →

Dandelion Flight

These little guys manage to get just about everywhere, thanks in part to their amazing ability to stay windborne for up to 150 km! To do that, the dandelion uses a bristly umbrella of tiny filaments, known as a pappus,... Continue Reading →

How octopus arms make decisions

Researchers studying the behavior and neuroscience of octopuses have long suspected that the animals' arms may have minds of their own. A new model being presented in Bellevue, Washington State, is the first attempt at a comprehensive representation of information... Continue Reading →

Scientists discover how plants breathe — and how humans shaped their ‘lungs’

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels -- the lungs of the leaf -- to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) to their cells. Botanists have known since the 19th century that leaves have pores -- called stomata --... Continue Reading →

Pain free, thanks to evolution

African mole-rats are insensitive to many different kinds of pain. As an international research team led by the MDC's Gary Lewin reports in Science, this characteristic has even allowed mole-rats to populate new habitats. Thanks to a genetic change, the highveld... Continue Reading →

Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago and walked the earth with T. rex

Researchers shed light on the complex evolutionary past of bedbugs.Study finds bedbugs have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, and were around at the same time as dinosaurs.Experts discover bedbugs are... Continue Reading →

Water Anole

Meet the water anole, a small lizard native to the tropics of Central America. While studying these anoles, researchers discovered that they could flee underwater and remain submerged for 16 minutes or more at a time. Curious to see how the lizard... Continue Reading →

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Very common and familiar species (as its name indicates it), the European Robin is really the king of the gardens. Rather solitary outside the breeding season, it is very close to us in winter, begging some bread crumbs at the... Continue Reading →

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