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March 17, 2014
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Found: Tiny ancient crustaceans, buried alive with eggs and embryos

Scientists have found 450-million-year-old fossilized crustaceans entombed with their eggs and newly hatched offspring. At least one of the animals is a newly identified species. The tiny ostracods — arthropods related to shrimps, lobsters, and crabs — were buried by … Continue reading

March 19, 2013
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Study Offers New Insights on Invasive Fly Threatening U.S. Fruit Crops

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. Research from North Carolina State University shows that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit – giving us new insight into a species that has spread … Continue reading

December 16, 2012
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Got Food Allergies? Thanks to UCLA, You Can Test Your Meal on the Spot Using a Cell Phone

Are you allergic to peanuts and worried there might be some in that cookie? Now you can find out using a rather unlikely source: your cell phone. A team of researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and … Continue reading

January 9, 2012
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Fit Females Make More Daughters, Mighty Males Get Grandsons

*Females influence the gender of their offspring so they inherit either their mother’s or grandfather’s qualities. ‘High-quality’ females – those which produce more offspring – are more likely to have daughters.* *Weaker females, whose own fathers were stronger and more … Continue reading

November 22, 2011
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A Tailored Pair of Genes

*For ancient plants, two genes were definitely better than one* In the wake of the disaster that killed the dinosaurs, the ancestors of today’s crop plants reinvented themselves. They doubled their genomes, and in that single act set the stage … Continue reading

September 29, 2011
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‘Heat-proof’ Eggs Help Turtles Cope With Hot Beaches

*Sea turtles face an uncertain future as a warming climate threatens to reduce their reproductive viability.* *However, new research led by the University of Exeter and published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that some turtles … Continue reading

September 19, 2011
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This Beetle Uses Eggs as Shields Against Wasps

*New UA research has discovered that seed beetles from the desert Southwest shelter their broods from attacking parasitic wasps under a stack of dummy eggs.* They lead modest lives among the palo verde, mesquite and acacia trees throughout the Southwestern … Continue reading

July 22, 2011
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Fossil Reveals Oldest Evidence of Live Birth in Reptiles

*A fossil from north-eastern China has revealed that terrestrial reptiles were giving birth to live young at least as early as 120 million years ago.* The newly discovered fossil of a pregnant lizard proves that some squamate reptiles (lizards and … Continue reading