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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
Views 469
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 17, 2022
The mechanisms behind synchronized hunts in spiders

In nature, entities like cells or organisms like spiders and humans, can interact to generate collective behavior. Among these fascinating behaviors, synchronization is found at all scales of life, from heart tissue where cells beat regularly to assemblies of fireflies that flash in rhythm. Within... click to read more

  • Violette Chiara | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR5169), Centre de Biologie Intégrative, Université de Toulouse; Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse, France; Centro de Investigación Mariña, Universidade de Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Raphaël Jeanson | Senior Researcher at Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR5169), Centre de Biologie Intégrative, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Views 422
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 28, 2022
Towards Smaller And Less Palatable Fish Species In A Warmer World

Human activities drive changes in marine ecosystems, both directly through e.g. fishing and habitat modification, and indirectly through climate change. Warmer temperatures and associated oxygen decrease will influence the abundance, distribution and diversity of wild fish stocks. Previous studies showed that smaller fishes can cope... click to read more

  • Renato Salvatteci | Scientific project manager at Center for Ocean and Society, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
Views 659
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 25, 2022
Ships with hitchhiking critters connect Antarctica to the rest of the world

Antarctica may seem like it is cut off from the rest of the world but in our modern, globalized world Antarctica is connected to all of us, everywhere, via ships. For millions of years Antarctica was unreachable for most marine animals and seaweeds who are... click to read more

  • Arlie McCarthy | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB), Oldenburg, Germany; Downing College, University of Cambrige, Regent Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Views 870
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2022
Notes from underground: naked mole-rats and vocal dialects

Naked mole-rats are highly unusual rodents. These long-lived, cold-blooded mammals are immune to certain types of pain, highly resistant to cancer and able to survive up to 18 minutes without oxygen. They have a highly cooperative social lifestyle, rare among mammals but common in insects... click to read more

  • Alison J. Barker | Research Scientist at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany
Views 2441
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 1, 2022