Tuesday , October 16 2018


Study: Chimps Share Food with Friends

Why share when access to benefits is uncertain is crucial to our understanding of the evolution of cooperation in human societies. In a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Dr. Catherine Crockford of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and colleagues investigated some of the …

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Two New ‘Unusual’ Fatty Acids Discovered

A research team led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Huazhong Agricultural University has identified two new fatty acids — named Nebraskanic acid and Wuhanic acid — in the seed oil of the Chinese violet cress (Orychophragmus violaceus), a flowering plant native to central China. The discovery is reported in …

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Goats Prefer Happy Human Faces, Study Says

A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science provides the first evidence of how goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) read human emotional expressions. Nawroth et al show that goats can discriminate human facial expressions with different emotional valences and prefer to interact with positive ones. Image credit: Filinecek. …

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Fiordland Penguins Travel up to 4,350 Miles to Feed: Study

The Fiordland penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus), the only crested penguin species breeding on the New Zealand mainland, is currently one of the least studied and rarest penguin species in the world. In a new study of this elusive species, an international research team led by the University of Otago tracked several …

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Researchers Discover Two New Species of Edible Truffles

A research team led by University of Florida scientists has discovered two new species of ‘true’ truffles growing in the roots of pecan trees in the United States. Tuber brennemanii from an oak forest in the Midwest. The specimen on the left shows the rough, knobby exterior of the mushroom …

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