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Bee social or buzz off: Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism

Those pesky bees that come buzzing around on a muggy summer day are helping researchers reveal the genes responsible for social behaviors. A new...

Two fish a day keep the mantid coming back to prey

Commonly known to predate on insects, praying mantises have occasionally been observed to feed on vertebrates, including small birds, lizards, frogs, newts, mice, snakes...

Sparrows have sung the same songs for more than 1,000 years

American swamp sparrows may have sung the same songs for more than 1,000 years and passed them on through generations by learning, according to...

Narwhals’ acoustic behavior described using audio tagging

The clicking, buzzing and calling behavioral patterns of elusive East Greenland narwhals have been described thanks to in-depth recordings, in a study published June...

This monkey can plan out their foraging routes just like a human

They might not have mastered GPS technology, but vervet monkeys can solve multi-destination routes in the same way humans do. A new U of T...

New gadgets help reveal the collective behavior of wild animals

An international team of scientists led by Swansea University biologists describe how novel technologies are transforming our understanding of why wild animals form different...

Basking sharks gather in groups off northeast US coast

Groups of basking sharks ranging from as few as 30 to nearly 1,400 individual animals have been observed aggregating in waters from Nova Scotia...

Risso’s dolphins plan their dives

Slipping beneath the surface of the water in pursuit of food sets the timer ticking for hungry dolphins; the pressure is on to locate...

Asian elephants have different personality traits just like humans

Researchers of the University of Turku, Finland, have studied a timber elephant population in Myanmar and discovered that Asian elephant personality manifests through three...

Noise from ships scares porpoises

Porpoises communicate with each other using sounds. Therefore, they are highly sensitive to noise, such as ship noise. And the Danish belts and sounds...

Bats as barometer of change

Historical radar data from weather monitoring archives have provided unprecedented access to the behaviours of the world's largest colony of migratory bats and revealed...

Geese reduce metabolic rate to cope with winter

New research shows that geese cope with the harsh winter climate by reducing their heart rate and body temperature. The study, led by Dr Claudia...

Elephants retreat from the sound of Asian honey bees

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. Playbacks have...

Social susceptibility present among spiders

This is the story of a spider, small but bold. This particular arachnid, in fact, has helped to debunk the Great Man Theory, a 19th-century...

Social interactions override genetics when birds learn songs

New UC San Francisco research finds that although young male songbirds are genetically predisposed to sound like their fathers, enriched early experience with a...