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July 12, 2023

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Size Does Matter: Group Size and Mating Preferences Drive Deeper Male Voices

Group size and mating preferences may have caused male primates, including humans, to evolve deeper voices than females. The findings can help to shed light on social behavior in humans and their closest living ...

Study Shows Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Is Widespread and Heritable in Macaque Monkeys

Observations of a wild colony of macaques over three years show same-sex sexual behavior among males is widespread and may be ...

Human-Made Materials in Nests Can Bring Both Risks and Benefit for Birds

We all discard a huge amount of plastic and other human-made materials into the environment, and these are often picked up by birds. New research has shown that 176 bird species around the world are now known to include a wide range of anthropogenic materials in their nests. This material found in ...

Spider Mite Males Undress Maturing Females to Win the First Mating

In males of many species, it pays to identify females that are nearing maturity to be the first in line for mating. Now researchers have found a remarkable example: male spider mites guard and then actively strip off the skin of premature females that are soon to molt and mature to make them ...

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Human Factors Affect Bees' Communication

人类有可能减少的影响effectivity of communication in bees adding further stress to struggling colonies, according to new ...

How Sweet It Is: The Fruit Fly Gut Influences Reproduction by 'Tasting' Fructose

A research group has found that in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), circulating fructose derived from dietary sugar is needed for enhanced egg production after mating. In this species, ...

Researchers Successfully Induce Primate Oocytes in the Lab

The many types of cells in the human body are produced through the process of differentiation, in which stem cells are converted to more specialized types. Currently, it is challenging for ...

Humans Are Unique but Not Exceptional Species of Mammal

Humans appear to resemble mammals that live in monogamous partnerships and to some extent, those classified as cooperative breeders, where breeding individuals have to rely on the help of others to ...

Happy Worms Have Healthy Eggs

Researchers have exposed roundworms (a well-established model organism in biological research) to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a class of drugs used for treating depression and ...

Early-Nesting Ducks at Increased Risk Due to Changes in Climate, Land Use

Each year approximately 10 million waterfowl fly north to their breeding grounds in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America, but the landscape that greets them has changed. Weather patterns and ...

男性加州海狮正变得更大Better Fighters as Their Population Rebounds

California sea lions have managed to maintain -- and, in the case of males, increase -- their average body size as their population grows and competition for food becomes fiercer. This is in contrast ...

Biologists Discover Bees to Be Brew Masters of the Insect World

Scientists have made a remarkable discovery about cellophane bees -- their microbiomes are some of the most fermentative known from the insect world. These bees, which are named for their use of ...

Female Butterflies Breed Despite Male Shortage

Female monarch butterflies have no trouble finding a mate -- even when a parasite kills most of the males, new research ...

New Genetic Target for Male Contraception Identified

Discovery of a gene in multiple mammalian species could pave the way for a highly effective, reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive for humans and animals. Researchers identified expression ...

Why Orchid Bees Concoct Their Own Fragrance

The reason why male bees collect scents in pockets on their hind legs remained a mystery for a long time. As an attractant? As a wedding gift? To show off to other males? Researchers have now figured ...


Father's Alcohol Consumption Before Conception Linked to Brain and Facial Defects in Offspring

Research investigating fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) exclusively examines maternal alcohol exposure. However, because men drink more and are more likely to binge drink than women, scientists set out ...

British Flower Study Reveals Surprise About Plants' Sex Life

A study of Britain's native flowering plants has led to new insights into the mysterious process that allows wild plants to breed across species -- one of plants' most powerful evolutionary ...

Time-Restricted Fasting Could Cause Fertility Problems

Researchers have found that time-restricted fasting could cause fertility problems. Time-restricted fasting is an eating pattern where people limit their food consumption to certain hours of the day. ...

Perfume Component Helps Lure Male Moth Pests

A small amount of a perfume component -- nonanal -- added to a traditional blend of sex pheromones captures the attention of male fall armyworm moths looking for a good ...

Male Yellow Crazy Ants Are Real-Life Chimeras

Researchers discovered that males of the yellow crazy ant have maternal and paternal genomes in different cells of their body and are thus ...

What Is It Good For? Absolutely One Thing: Luna Moths Use Their Tails Solely for Bat Evasion

Scientists recently discovered that Luna moths use their long tails as decoys to throw bats off their trail. But their tails also make Luna moths might also make them stand out to potential mates and ...

Surprising Science Behind Bumblebee Superfood

It's the spines. New research shows that the spiny pollen from plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) both reduces infection of a common bee parasite by 81 -- 94% and markedly increases the ...

Components of Cytoskeleton Strengthen Effect of Sex Hormones

Researchers discover that actin acts in the cell nucleus and is partly responsible for the expression of male sexual ...

Bomb-Sniffing Rodents Undergo 'Unusual' Reproductive Transformations

Female giant African pouched rats, used for sniffing out landmines and detecting tuberculosis, can undergo astounding reproductive organ transformations, according to a new ...

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