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Windsurfing swans—an overlooked phenomenon

It is well-known that birds can fly, swim and walk, but now there is scientific evidence that birds also can windsurf. Olle Terenius from the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences reports ...

dateOct 21, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs

Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved. A Cell paper publishing October 20 sheds some light on the process, describing a stretch of DNA involved ...

dateOct 20, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Amazonian frog has its own ant repellent

Special chemicals covering the skin of a tiny yellow-striped Amazonian frog provide a protective shield that wards off leaf-cutting ants allowing it to live comfortably among them. "It helps the frog blend in, because it ...

dateOct 20, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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