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Group-navigating species may be vulnerable to collapse

Migrating birds flock together and salmon swim upstream in schools because there's a navigational advantage: By traveling in groups, individuals are more likely to get to their destinations – or so a growing body of research ...

dateJul 18, 2016 in Ecology
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The wisdom of (smaller) crowds

When guessing the weight of an ox or estimating how many marbles fill a jar, the many have been shown to be smarter than the few. These collective displays of intelligence have been dubbed 'the wisdom of crowds,' but exactly ...

dateJun 27, 2016 in Social Sciences
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What drives biological synchrony?

Ecologists traditionally attribute population explosions, be they of diseases or animals, to broad environmental conditions. But new data suggest that other factors may drive "synchrony": rapid, widespread rises and falls ...

dateJun 09, 2016 in Ecology
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What can we learn from the farming insects?

Farming evolved independently in humans at least nine times. The practice was among the innovations that enabled complex civilizations to develop. But we weren't the first species to raise our own food: various leafcutter ...

dateApr 12, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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