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How hybrid plant varieties could address the challenges of food security and climate change

Hybrid agricultural and horticultural crops can play an important role in supporting global food security. They produce higher yields and are often more resistant...

Dragonflies right themselves when dropped upside down

A trio of researchers have discovered the means by which dragonflies are able to right themselves so quickly from an upside-down orientation. The paper...

Unwinding the secrets of stress in plants could help feed the world during climate crisis

Royal Holloway researchers have discovered how natural responses to stress in plants modify the way DNA is wrapped up in the cell to help...

Scientists figure out how vampire bats got a taste for blood

Scientists have figured out why vampire bats are the only mammals that can survive on a diet of just blood. They compared the genome...

Voles cut grass to watch flying predators

New research shows, a tiny rodent trims tall grasses so it can watch the skies for flying predators. Brandt's voles live in grassland in Inner Mongolia, China....

Scientists find how blind cavefish survive their low-oxygen environment

Cavefish have obvious adaptations like missing eyes and pale colors. It demonstrates how they evolved over millennia in a subterranean world. University of Cincinnati...

Rash-causing moth spreading due to warming, scientists find

A forest pest that bedevils Maine residents and tourists with hairs that cause an itchy rash appears to be spreading due to warming temperatures....

Dogs show signs of mourning after loss of canine companions

Dogs are deeply affected by the deaths of canine companions. Their eating and playing less and seeking attention more following a loss. This is...

New species of spinosaurid dinosaur discovered in Portugal

NOVA School of Science and Technology and Museu da Lourinhã scientists have found evidence that a group of fossils found 23 years ago in...

Pine needles tell the story of PFAS in North Carolina

The humble pine tree is more than just a common sight in North Carolina. It is a handy tool for monitoring the proliferation of...

Fossils show a crocodile ancestor dined on a young dinosaur

Scientists have found evidence that an ancient crocodile ancestor chowed down on a dinosaur. A member of a newfound species dubbed Confractosuchus sauroktonos, preserved within...

Spider uses its web to expand its hearing capabilities

Scientists found a species of spider uses its web to expand its hearing capabilities. The study has been published in bioRxiv preprint server. Previous...

Ancient plant fossils discovery in Washington points to paleobotanic mystery

A new description of two well-preserved ancient fossil plant specimens is prompting paleobotanists to rethink how plants might have been dispersed during the Late...

Parents in their prime produce the best offspring

Parents face a trade-off between putting resources into their offspring. They use resources to enhance their chances of survival so they can have more...

Bees became extinct before they were discovered

Scientists studied stingless bees from East Africa. These were encased in tree resin and copal. The study has been published in the journal The Holocene....