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Evolution & Behaviour

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Do our marine highways disrupt blue whale habitats?

After decades of whaling, the last sanctum for blue whales of the eastern South Pacific Ocean was found off the coast in Northern Chilean Patagonia (NCP). Here most of the population concentrates during  the summer and autumn seasons of the Earth’s southern hemisphere (also known... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 1, 2023
Spring: A Season Of New Beginnings And The End Of The Dinosaurs

The extinction of the dinosaurs from space rock is possibly the most famous of all mass extinctions. This ~12 km wide asteroid, about twice as tall as Kilimanjaro, impacted a reef off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula and caused tsunamis, earthquakes, and seiches. Molten... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2023
Salmon evolve quickly as a response to intense harvesting of their prey

Climate change and human activities impact living creatures in complex ways. In response, organisms may acclimate to those challenges during their lifetime or adapt over several generations, through genetic changes. Organisms with characteristics matching best their new environment, such as size at reproduction, will spread... click to read more

  • Yann Czorlich | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Turku, Natural resources institute Finland, University of Helsinkí
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 20, 2023
Orb-weaving spiders can hear using their web

Spiders are among the oldest and most successful land predators, with a fossil record much earlier than dinosaurs. All spiders are preeminent craftsmen, producing silks that can be even stronger than steel in strength-to-weight ratio. When woven into a web, the animal architecture functions as... click to read more

  • Jian Zhou | Postdoctoral Appointee at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Junpeng Lai | Ph.D. Candidate at Binghamton University
  • Ronald Hoy | Professor at Cornell University
  • Ronald Miles | Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 10, 2023
The Mystery of the Lizard Tail

When lizards are under attack, they break off their tails in a fraction of a second and escape. Scientifically, this is known as tail or caudal autotomy. Since the tail is an important organ of lizards for survival as it helps them nourish, run, leap,... click to read more

  • Navajit S. Baban | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Division of Engineering, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Yong-Ak Song | Associate Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; New York University, New York, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 17, 2022