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Explosion in species diversity due to hybridization

No less than 500 new species of cichlids, brightly coloured perch-like fish, evolved in Lake Victoria (East Africa) over the past 15,000 years --...

More West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in lower-income areas of Baltimore

Researchers found higher rates of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in lower-income neighborhoods in urban areas of Baltimore, Maryland. This preliminary data provides another piece...

Bird malaria spreading via global ‘hotspots’

Bird species across the globe are suffering and dying from a type of malaria and, while these strains are not infectious to humans, they're...

Ocean acidification affects mussels at early life stages

Mussels protect themselves against environmental disturbances and enemies through a hard, calcareous shell. Increased ocean acidification makes it difficult for organisms to form their...

Carnivores more seriously threatened by roads than previously acknowledged

The effects of roads on carnivores have obviously been underestimated in worldwide species conservation. This is the conclusion of the first comprehensive global study...

Slugs, snails are not alone in causing rat lungworm disease in humans

A review of decades of research revealed more than a dozen kinds of animals in addition to slugs and snails have caused rat lungworm...

Rats trail behind shrews, monkeys, and humans in visual problem solving

Rats take a fundamentally different approach toward solving a simple visual discrimination task than tree shrews, monkeys, and humans, according to a comparative study...

Learning to better understand the language of algae

Communication is everything -- and that applies for algae, too. However, their chemical language and its significance in aquatic ecosystems remain largely unknown. New...

Genetic marking discovery improves fruit quality, bolsters climate defenses

Transferring genetic markers in plant breeding is a challenge, but a team of grapevine breeders and scientists have come up with a powerful new...

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