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Lake Trout Adjust Their Behavior in the Face of a Changing Climate, New Study

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Canadian scientists have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behavior due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.

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Popular Sungazer Lizards Under Threat From Poaching

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The sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and industrialization encroaches on its natural habitat -- which already consist of only a several hundred square kilometers globally -- while the illegal global pet trade is adding pressure on pushing the species into extinction.

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Yoda Bat Gets Happy: New Species Officially Recognized

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An unusual breed of fruit bat -- previously nicknamed 'Yoda' due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master -- has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.

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The Only Way is Up: Trees Help Reptiles Thrive

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James Cook University researchers in Queensland say if graziers leave trees in place on their land all types of reptiles will benefit.


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How Goldfish Make Alcohol to Survive Without Oxygen

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Scientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.

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Chimpanzees Learn Rock-Paper-Scissors

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Chimpanzees of all ages and all sexes can learn the simple circular relationship between the three different hand signals used in the well-known game rock-paper-scissors. Even though it might take them longer, they are indeed able to learn the game as well as a young child. Jie Gao of Kyoto University in Japan and Peking University in China is lead author of a study in the journal Primates, which is the official journal of the Japan Monkey Centre, and is published by Springer. The research compares the ability of chimpanzees and children to learn the rock-paper-scissors game.

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How Do Birds Get Their Colors?

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Birds exhibit an extraordinary diversity of plumage pigmentation patterns. It has been overlooked, however, that complex patterns can be produced only with the contribution of melanins because these are the only pigments under direct cellular control.

-University of Chicago Press Journals

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