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Hatching a new hypothesis about egg shape diversity

Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor in Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, proposes a far-ranging hypothesis regarding how and why bird eggs acquire their shapes. Her research, an interdisciplinary collaboration involving multiple authors, suggests that the shape of an egg for a given bird species may be driven in part by physiological features related to its capability for flight. (more…)

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Caught on video: Lovers’ quarrel among cuttlefish turns violent

MBL scientist studies how aggression fits game theory model of behavior

It sounds like Shakespearean drama: A male fights to protect his mate after a rival steals her away, using all his cunning and strength to win her back. Yet this encounter played out in the sea between three cuttlefish—the first time such behavior has been filmed in the wild. (more…)

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NASA’s NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days. (more…)

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