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Same-sex sexual behavior in animals: Do we have it all wrong?

Same-sex sexual behavior in animals: Do we have it all wrong?

Many animals, from a range of phyla and species, display same-sex sexual behaviors. This has intrigued evolutionary biologists, but have they been looking at the subject all wrong? Share on PinterestResearchers suggest a new way of looking at same-sex sexual behavior in animals. Over the years, researchers have discovered that many animals sometimes engage in […]

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Are most dolphins ‘right-handed,’ too?

Are most dolphins ‘right-handed,’ too?

Researchers studying a group of dolphins in the Bahamas have made an intriguing discovery: Most of the group had a right-side bias, much in the way that most humans are right-handed. Share on PinterestMost dolphins, like humans, appear to have a right-side bias. Dolphins are cetaceans: water-dwelling mammals. Currently, scientists recognize at least 40 species […]

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Fixing bird wings with sheep bones

Fixing bird wings with sheep bones

Currently, fixing a broken wing bone requires two intrusive operations. A recent study, however, concludes that using dog and sheep bone might reduce the number of surgeries and enhance recovery. Share on PinterestA new study in pigeons describes a better way to fix broken wings. Although veterinary science has advanced in leaps and bounds over […]

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Common fire retardant makes prairie voles anxious, less social

Common fire retardant makes prairie voles anxious, less social

New research finds that the common fire retardant Firemaster 550 (FM 550) makes both male and female prairie voles less sociable and more anxious. The findings shed new light on how exposure to such chemicals affects the social brain. Share on PinterestVoles are usually very sociable, but new research shows that exposure to a certain […]

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What are the real zombies?

What are the real zombies?

Zombies have become staple figures of popular culture, and the zombie apocalypse is a trope that features in many books, movies, and TV series. But are there actual, real cases of zombiism in nature? Read this special feature to find out. Share on PinterestAre there any real cases of zombification? We investigate. Zombie. The walking […]

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Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke

Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke

Plenty of research has suggested that owning a dog can be beneficial to health. Two new studies now add to the existing evidence, finding an association between dog ownership and a significantly lower death risk following a stroke or heart attack. Owning a dog could help prolong the lifespan of a person who has experienced […]

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How selective breeding has altered dogs’ behavior

How selective breeding has altered dogs’ behavior

For centuries, humans have bred dogs for specific traits or behaviors, developing breeds with a wide array of “specializations,” from companionship to herding or scent hunting. A new study shows that this selectiveness has led to distinctive dog breeds with distinctive brains. Breeding dogs for different purposes has led to significant differences, not just in […]

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3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health

3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health

Many of us are scared or repulsed by “minibeasts,” such as insects and spiders. We often view such critters as pests, but these tiny creatures could hold the secret to better health and therapies. In this Spotlight feature, we explain how three “creepy crawlies” may revolutionize health research. This Spotlight feature explains how three critters […]