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Salmon are shrinking and it shows in their genes

Male salmon are maturing earlier and becoming smaller, and it shows in their genes. This was the discovery of a study that examined scale samples...

How plants evolved to make ants their servants?

Plants are boring. They just sit there photosynthesizing while animals have all the fun. Right? Not so much. Take a look at the interactions between ants...

Is throwing rice at weddings bad for birds?

Many people believe that throwing rice at weddings is harmful to wild birds. Supposedly, the rice expands in the birds' digestive systems and injures them. This...

How plants cope with stress

Irrigated crops can grow with less water but are typically subject to increased salts leached out of the surrounding soil, which can put a...

Why don’t birds fall over when they jump?

Scientists have been analyzing the way birds jump when they take-off to help us understand why they simply don’t just fall over when attempting...

Xylitol and your dog: danger, paws off

Your six-month-old puppy, Hoover, will eat anything that isn’t tied down. Like many dog owners, you know chocolate can be dangerous to your pooch. But you...

Absurdly expensive ‘Himalayan Viagra’ faces extinction

A parasitic fungus that grows wild throughout the Himalayas and sells for more than its weight in gold could vanish if current harvesting and...

Coconut oil compounds repel insects better than DEET

Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Using repellents...
Yes, your pet can tell time

Yes, your pet can tell time

Are you taking your time when feeding your pet? Fluffy and Fido are on to you — and they can tell when you are dawdling. A...

Chimpanzees react faster to cooperate than make selfish choices

When it comes to cooperation, there's no monkey business in how some chimpanzees respond. These primates often make decisions faster that benefits others than themselves,...