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Do bats know voices of friends they hang out with?
Is it possible that mammals have the ability to recognize individuals of the same species, whom they know well, by their voice? A new study has found that even in nocturnal, fast-moving animals such as bats, there is an ability to recognize certain vocal aspects of other bats. The study by Hanna Kastein from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany, and her colleagues is published in the Springer journal Animal Cognition.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SCHM
NASA high school STEM challenge announces winning team
The NASA RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge, an integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics program focused on NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope, has named the 2012-2013 first place team. The team, which consisted of high school juniors and seniors participating in the NASA INSPIRES program, included: Abigail Radford of Ashville, N.C.; Joshua Dijamco of Jackson, N.J.; Jonathan Hernandez of Elizabeth, N.J.; Katherine Denner of Horsham, Penn.; and Jim Gerard of Merritt Island, Fla.
NASA, National Institute of Aerospace
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Bird fossil sheds light on how swift and hummingbird flight came to be
A tiny bird fossil discovered in Wyoming offers clues to the precursors of swift and hummingbird wings. The fossil is unusual in having exceptionally well-preserved feathers, which allowed the researchers to reconstruct the size and shape of the bird's wings in ways not possible with bones alone.
National Science Foundation
Why do guppies jump?
Pet guppies often jump out of their tanks. One such accident inspired a new study by University of Maryland biologist Daphne Soares, which reveals how guppies are able to jump so far, and suggests why they do it.
American Journal of Botany
Just what makes that little old antů change a flower's nectar content?
Ants play a variety of important roles in many ecosystems. As frequent visitors to flowers, they can benefit plants in their role as pollinators when they forage on sugar-rich nectar. However, a new study reveals that this mutualistic relationship may actually have some hidden costs.
Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa, Junta de Andalucía
Journal of Hymenoptera Research
Tinkerbella nana -- a new representative from the world of fairyflies
A new genus and species of fairyfly, Tinkerbella nana (Mymaridae) is described from Costa Rica. It is compared with the related species Kikiki huna Beardsley and Huber, which holds the record for the smallest winged insect. The new genus and species is named after the fairy Tinker Bell in the 1904 play "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie. The study was published in the open access journal Journal of Hymenoptera Research.
Experimental Biology 2013
Middle-schoolers discover novel chemical bond
Middle school students from rural Maine will present a poster at the Experimental Biology 2013 conference detailing how their involvement with the Aspirnaut science-outreach program led to them becoming active scientific researchers.
Contact: Angela Hopp
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
New Think Elephants International research reveals how elephants 'see' the world
Think Elephants International, a not-for-profit organization that strives to promote elephant conservation through scientific research, education programming and international collaborations, today announced its latest study, "Visual Cues Given by Humans are Not Sufficient for Asian Elephants (Elephas Maximus) to Find Hidden Food."
Think Elephants International
Dinosaur egg study supports evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs
A small, bird-like North American dinosaur incubated its eggs in a similar way to brooding birds -- bolstering the evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs, researchers at the University of Calgary and Montana State University study have found.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Making fruit easier to eat increases sales and consumption in school cafeterias
People believe that children avoid fruit because of the taste and allure of alternative packaged snacks. Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab researchers Brian Wansink, David Just, Andrew Hanks, and Laura Smith concluded that the size of the snack counts the most. Apple sales in schools with fruit slicers increased by 71 percent and the percentage of students who ate more than half of their apple increased by 73 percent, an effect that lasted long after the study was over.
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