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5 October 2017

Studying bumblebees to learn more about human intelligence and memory [Phys]

A team of researchers at Queen Mary University in the U.K. has found that bumblebees with more "synaptic complexes" in their brains are able to learn new things more quickly and also have better memories than those with fewer of them. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B the group describes studying neural connections in individual bee brains and comparing what they found with cognitive abilities.

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4 October 2017

Les pigeons sont plus multitâches que les humains [Sciences & Avenir - Animaux]

Des chercheurs européens ont mis en évidence la capacité qu’ont les pigeons à réaliser plusieurs tâches à la fois.

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3 October 2017

This Caterpillar Mimics Bird Alarm Calls to Scare Away Predators [Audubon]

When attacked, the North American walnut sphinx lets out a full-body scream that can reach up to 80 decibels in volume.

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3 October 2017

Tropical diversity takes root in relationships between fungi and seeds [Phys]

A team led by Smithsonian scientists in Panama exposed a key to understanding tropical tree diversity by studying how fungi interact with seeds that linger in the ground. Despite a smorgasbord of species available to choose from, tropical fungi and seeds are picky about associating with one another. Early pairings with a particular fungus may influence whether a seed survives and also may help explain how tropical forests remain so diverse.

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3 October 2017

Parakeet Invasion of Mexico Driven by Europe’s Ban on Bird Imports [Nature - News]

Attempts to stop the spread of bird flu and protect wildlife had unintended consequences.

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