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Monogamous queens help bees cooperate

(PhysOrg.com) -- New research published today in Nature Communications online journal suggests that monogamy and close genetic relationships work together to enhance the cooperative social structure of ins ...

Jul 20, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Ladybirds - wolves in sheep's clothing

(PhysOrg.com) -- CSIRO research has revealed that the tremendous diversity of ladybird beetle species is linked to their ability to produce larvae which, with impunity, poach members of 'herds' of tiny, soft-bodied ...

Jun 24, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 0

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