MS study suggests key role of environmental factor in the disease
Scientists are reporting what they say is compelling evidence that some powerful non-heritable, environmental factor likely plays a key role in the development of multiple sclerosis.
For social spiders, preying together aids younger siblings
(Phys.org) —The behavior of social spiders may settle debates over the benefits of older siblings. Cornell researchers studying Australian social huntsman spiders have discovered that younger siblings thrive ...
Long-tailed tits help each other out
Long-tailed tits which lose their eggs or young may help to feed neighbours' chicks, researchers have found. But the degree to which they'll co-operate varies from year to year.
Are elder siblings helpers or competitors?
Having elder siblings decreases mortality risk in childhood, but same-sex elder siblings are associated with lower marriage rates and fewer children for their younger siblings in adulthood, according to the ...
Twitter principles of social networking increase family success in nesting birds
New research carried out by scientists at Universities in Exeter, France and Switzerland reveals for the first time the importance of social networking in producing a successful family.
Nothing to sneeze at: Scientists find cheating ragweed behaves better with its kin
Cheating. Conflict. Competition. It may sound like a soap opera but this is the complex life of the despised ragweed plant.
Goat kids can develop accents
The ability to change vocal sounds (vocal plasticity) and develop an accent is potentially far more widespread in mammals than previously believed, according to new research on goats from Queen Mary, University ...
Turtle embryos speed up development to hatch in the safety of a group
Australian freshwater turtle embryos can sense how developed other babies are in their eggs and then speed up their own growth to hatch with the most advanced of their siblings, according to new research.
Do plants perform best with family or strangers? Researchers consider social interactions
In the fight for survival, plants are capable of complex social behaviours and may exhibit altruism towards family members, but aggressively compete with strangers.
Cloned trees raised in separate places react differently to drought
Nurture matters - in plants as well as people. Cloned trees raised in different places and environments react differently to drought conditions even though they're genetically identical, scientists have found.
NASA hangs up on silent Mars rover Spirit (Update)
Shortly after midnight, NASA sent one last plea to the rover Spirit, mired in a sand trap on the surface of Mars.
Inherited wealth leads to sibling rivalry
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sibling rivalry is driven by the transfer of wealth between generations, according to new research by anthropologists at the University of Bristol and Addis Ababa University.
Study: Spacing babies close may raise autism risk
Close birth spacing may put a second-born child at higher risk for autism, suggests a preliminary study based on more than a half-million California children.
Having a male co-twin improves mental rotation performance in females
Having a sibling, especially a twin, impacts your life. Your twin may be your best friend or your biggest rival, but throughout life you influence each other. However, a recent study published in Psychological Science, a jour ...