South Africa’s long-legged bees adapted to pollinate snapdragon flowers

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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...

Rising numbers of exotic snakebites reported in the UK

Exotic snakebites recorded in the UK have 'soared' over the course of a decade, as numbers of the exotic pet increase.

Female mosquitoes get choosy quickly to offset invasions

Certain female mosquitoes quickly evolve more selective mating behavior when faced with existential threats from other invasive mosquito species, with concurrent changes to certain...

The controversial origin of a symbol of the American west

New research has identified North America's oldest bison fossils and helped construct a bison genealogy establishing that a common maternal ancestor arrived between 130,000...

What is behind the dramatic decline in bee populations?

A dramatic decline in the bee population at fruit farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has scientists wondering whether it is a natural phenomenon...

Many cooks don’t spoil the broth: Manifold symbionts prepare the host for any eventuality

Deep-sea mussels, which rely on symbiotic bacteria for food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these bacterial 'cooks': Up to 16 different bacterial strains...

Sea snakes show their sensitive side to court potential mates

Decades of research has revealed the remarkable morphological adaptations of sea snakes to aquatic life, which include paddle-shaped tails, salt-excreting glands, and the ability...

Lizards adapt to invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits

Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants -- which can bite, sting, and kill lizards -- reversing geographical trends...

Victorian hog deer genetics revealed

Australian researchers looking for a genetic lifeline to endangered hog deer species endemic to Pakistan, northern India and mainland southeast Asia have found widespread...

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