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An engineer at the University of Liverpool has found how worms move around, despite not having a brain to communicate with the body. Dr Paolo...
Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young,...
Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes...
Strong evidence now shows that human and animal parenting share many nervous system mechanisms. This is the conclusion of Yerkes National Primate...
If you've ever spent any time watching a gecko, you may have wondered about their uncanny ability to adhere to any surface—including upside down on...
Whether or not humans are the only empathic beings is still under debate. In a new study, researchers directly compared the 'yawn contagion' effect...
Designing structures and devices that protect the body from shock and vibrations during high-velocity impacts is a universal challenge. Scientists...
Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this...
The eyes of deep-sea bioluminescent sharks have a higher rod density when compared to non-bioluminescent sharks, according to a study published...
Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit...

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