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Why Do Barn Owls Divorce?

<b>Love is a fickle thing—even in barn owls.</b> <b>These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, in fact, says a new study published April 28 in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Among people in the U.S., the divorce rate is about 40</b> …

Spectacular New Species Found in "Lost World"

Expedition explores Australian rain forest for first time.<p><b>Exploration of a "lost world" on a remote Australian peninsula has yielded the discovery of three new species, including a leaf-tailed gecko with spindly legs and unusually big eyes.</b><p>In March, a team of scientists and filmmakers joined the …

Nature

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

Wildlife

Gangs run rampant in Brazil’s prison system

Domingos Coelho counted 180 knife wounds on the front of his son Dyego's headless torso. He couldn't bring himself to roll the body over and count those on the back.<p>Dyego Coelho, 21 when he was killed last month, was in prison for illegal possession of ammunition, his father told reporters – a …

Sea lion blows scientists' minds by head-bobbing to the Backstreet Boys

Researchers at the University of California in Santa Cruz have successfully trained a sea lion to bob its head in time to music, in a study that may change our understanding of how rhythm is acquired. Previously, report the team in the <i>Journal of Comparative Psychology</i>, it was thought that only …

Today In Important Science: Cats Are Particular About What They Pee On

The European wildcat has a favorite place to pee, just like George Costanza.<p>Cats, and many other mammals, like to pee on things. It's called "urine marking," and acts as a form of communication through scent (and, to a lesser extent, a visual signal). A new, very important study in the Journal of …

New Candidate for World's First Bird

Discovery of the feathered Aurornis stokes the debate over the first avian.<p><b>For over a century and a half, the prehistoric Archaeopteryx has been celebrated as nature's earliest bird.</b><p>The iconic Jurassic creature was covered in feathers yet retained the teeth, claws, and bony tail from its …

Dinosaurs