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'Mafia' Cuckoos Rule By Fear, Foisting Young On Other Birds

Cuckoo bullying, explained.<p>Great spotted cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds' nests, and the host does all the work of raising the impostor. But if the new foster parent doesn't cooperate and ditch the new arrival, the the cuckoo sometimes retaliates, destroying the poor birds' other eggs. …

Birds

Modern lions' origin revealed by genetic analysis

Editor, BBC Nature<p>The origin and history of modern lions have been revealed by scientists.<p>A genetic analysis of living lions and museum specimens confirms modern lions' most recent common ancestor lived around 124,000 years ago.<p>Modern lions evolved into two groups; one lives in Eastern and Southern …

North Africa

Early-Warning Telescope Could Detect Dangerous Asteroids

Asteroids

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Earth Science