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Surprise pattern keeps lion numbers in check - Futurity

Researcher Ian Hatton wondered: Why aren't there more lions? The answer could be a new law of nature.

McGill University

Hummingbirds find protection building nests under hawks

(Phys.org)—An international team of researchers working in a part of Arizona has found evidence of a hummingbird species benefiting by building nests …

Birds

Turtle power: How hatching together avoids capture

New research has found that green turtles hatching en masse from their nests 'swamp' predators, allowing more individuals to reach the safety of the …

Turtles

Educate women and save babies: How to control population and end hunger.

In 2013 the United Nations Population Division revised its population projections to show that population could grow even faster than previously …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

China

Human Population Growth and Extinction

Get the latest on our work for biodiversity and learn how to help in our free weekly e-newsletter.<p><b>+</b> <b>PUBLICATIONS</b><p><b>+</b> <b>RELATED CAMPAIGNS</b><p><b>+</b> <b>MEDIA</b><p>We’re in the …

Human brain 'like a peacock's tail' during courtship

Human brains play the same role in courtship and sex selection as the peacock's tail, experts claim<p>The human brain is our equivalent of the peacock’s tail, according to experts who claim our superior intelligence evolved to help us attract mates, rather than survive.<p>A mystery of our evolution is …

The Brain

Parasitic worm 'increases women's fertility'

<b>Infection with a species of parasitic worm increases the fertility of women, say scientists.</b><p>A study of 986 indigenous women in Bolivia indicated a lifetime of <i>Ascaris lumbricoides,</i> a type of roundworm, infection led to an extra two children.<p>Researchers, writing in the journal Science, suggest the …

Women's Health

Female hybrid fish grows male sex organs and gives birth - Science News - ABC News

A hybridised female fish bred in the aquarium of a UK university recently shocked researchers when it was discovered she had developed a male sex …

Biology

Bumble Bees Pick the Most Nutritional Pollen, Research Suggests

Changing Planet<p><b>By Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State</b><p>Bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen—an ability that helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diet.<p>“Populations of many bee species are in decline across the world, and poor nutrition is thought to be a major …

Bald Eagle Sex: The Acrobatic Mating of America's National Bird

The national animal of the United States, the bald eagle is one of the most recognizable birds in the country. But are the mating behaviors of these …

To these flies, cicada sounds are like love songs

In the insect world, smells are important. Insects of course do not have noses, but they do have receptors on their antennae, feet, and other body …

Gonorrhoea Might Soon Be Resistant to All Antibiotics

Use condoms.<p>The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that gonorrhoea is now developing resistance to the last two antibiotics able to …

Microbiology

Grandpa's obesity affects the health of his grandchildren: Mouse study

With a major global issue of obesity, researchers are warning of the harmful legacy that parental obesity can have on future generations. It follows …

Diabetes

Adult Ants Take Out Hits On Young Males, Causing Death Squads To Rip Them To Shreds

Young ants of the species <i>Cardiocondyla thoracica</i> are born with a price on their head, as adult males instantly mark them for execution by gangs of …

Vaginal bacteria species can raise HIV infection risk and undermine prevention

The makeup of a woman’s vaginal microbiome strongly influences her susceptibility to HIV infection, suggest studies presented in Durban, South …

Microbiology

Should Our Children Be Genetically Engineered?

On the eve of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine International Summit on Human Gene Editing, Center for Genetics and Society and …

An Evolutionary Explanation For Why Animals Court Their Own Sex

The phenomenon is one of the biggest skull scratchers in evolutionary biology.<p>Over 1000 different species throughout the animal kingdom have been observed engaging in same sex sexual behavior, but for the most part, the trait still baffles evolutionary biologists.<p>Chimpanzees, dolphins, koalas, and …

Biology

Poverty linked to epigenetic changes and mental illness

Impoverished adolescents acquire DNA marks, brain changes and depression over time.<p>Children from impoverished families are more prone to mental …

Mental Health

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

The 10,000 Swing Kettlebell Workout | T Nation

Here's what you need to know...<p>Challenge yourself with four weeks of intensive kettlebell swinging to test your grit and improve body …

Religion and science: Answering creationists' questions.

After writing yesterday about the now-famous/infamous debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, I don’t want to make this blog all creationism all the …

Why scientific truth may hurt

The underlying realities of the world – from Earth’s rotation around the sun to Darwin’s theory of evolution – are rarely obvious or expected<p>All is not what it seems. Much of the universe – from the unimaginably small to the cosmological – is not how it appears to us, and our view is lamentably …

Nobel Prize

Neanderthals and us: we’re not so different

I cried the first time I saw a Neanderthal. I was 8 years old, sat cross-legged on the wooden floorboards, watching <i>The Land That Time Forgot</i>. …

Oxford University Press

Nutrigenomics: The Diet That Can Change Your DNA

Diet and exercise. The importance of both was known to the earliest humans, but today we know much more about how food and exercise affects our minds and bodies through scientific evidence. In this two-part series, I delve into the latest science behind diet and exercise and how they are ultimately …

High Fiber

How Europeans evolved white skin

<b>ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—</b>Most of us think of Europe as the ancestral home of white people. But a new study shows that pale skin, as well as other traits …

Hunter Gatherers

Emergency Shred: 2-Week Workout to Get Shredded

By this time of year, people are usually scrambling to get their body in beach-ready shape. The most proven and reliable programs out there are the …

How to Be a Man | The Art of Manliness

<i>Note: What you will find below is not so much a long blog post, but a short ebook; approach it as such. At over 20k words, it will probably take an</i> …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …