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Robots show the evolution of altruism

Scientists in Switzerland have pieced together the puzzle on the evolution of unselfish behaviour. They simulated genetic evolution over hundreds of generations by using simple robots, providing evidence of ...

May 23, 2011 5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Where birds fly offers clues to man

Each December a hardy flock of birdwatchers scatters across Mecklenburg County in North Carolina for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, which has tracked bird movements for more than a century.

May 11, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 0

Zombie ants have fungus on the brain

Tropical carpenter ants (Camponotus leonardi) live high up in the rainforest canopy. When infected by a parasitic fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) the behaviour of the ants is dramatically changed. They ...

May 09, 2011 5 / 5 (6) 4 | with audio podcast

Ants, termites boost wheat yields

(PhysOrg.com) -- In an exciting experiment with major implications for food production under climate change, CSIRO and University of Sydney scientists have found allowing ants and termites to flourish increased ...

Mar 30, 2011 4.9 / 5 (7) 6 | with audio podcast

Angry wasps deal to their competitors

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Victoria University have identified a surprising and previously unknown behaviour in the animal world by studying interactions between native ants and invasive wasps in South Island beech forests.

Mar 30, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 2 | with audio podcast

Can bees color maps better than ants?

In mathematics, you need at most only four different colors to produce a map in which no two adjacent regions have the same color. Utah and Arizona are considered adjacent, but Utah and New Mexico, which only share a point, ...

Mar 10, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 2 | with audio podcast