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12 January 2016

Conflict among honey bee genes supports theory of altruism [Phys]

Using modern genetic approaches, a team of researchers has provided strong support for the long-standing, but hotly debated, evolutionary theory of kin selection, which suggests that altruistic behavior occurs as a way to pass genes to the next generation.

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11 January 2016

Comment des abeilles peuvent sauver les éléphants et les humains [Le Monde - Blogs]

Contrairement à ce que dit la fable, les éléphants n’ont pas peur des souris mais... des abeilles ! Partant de ce constat, des expériences sont menées dans plusieurs pays africains visant à utiliser les butineuses afin de réduire les conflits entre les humains et les pachydermes qui piétinent leurs cultures.

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8 January 2016

Human-Neanderthal relationships may be at root of modern allergies [The guardian]

Three genes inherited from our Neanderthal cousins may cause modern carriers to have an overly-sensitive immune system susceptible to allergies

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8 January 2016

Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong [Science]

The world’s most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in construction of hydropower dams. These projects address important energy needs, but advocates often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity and critically important fisheries. Powerful new analytical tools and high-resolution environmental data can clarify trade-offs between engineering and environmental goals and can enable governments and funding institutions to compare alternative sites for dam building.(...)

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8 January 2016

Twenty new freshwater fish species uncovered in Australia [Phys]

Researchers have discovered a record 20 new fish species while conducting fieldwork in the remote Kimberley, unveiling it as Australia’s most biodiverse region for freshwater fish.

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