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Stories by Karen Hopkin

High-Sugar Diet Makes Flies Drop Like...Flies

A study examines the effects of a high-sugar diet on the life spans of fruit flies. Another studies how the flies’ appetite-suppressing pathways may be similar to ours. Karen Hopkin reports. ...

January 23, 2017 — Karen Hopkin

Made Ya Look, Monkey

Over their lifetimes, macaques follow the same trajectory as humans in the amount of interest they have in observing what another individual is looking at.  

June 28, 2016 — Karen Hopkin

Lizard Stripes May Mess Up Predators' Timing

A lizard's stripes may make them look like they’re moving slower than they really are, confusing predators that tend to aim at the head but may wind up with the tail.    ...

June 20, 2016 — Karen Hopkin

Shy Fish Prefer to Follow Other Shy Fish

Shy sticklebacks were more likely to emerge from under cover when an equally wary fellow was already out there, rather than when a bold individual was present.  

June 3, 2016 — Karen Hopkin

Male Lemurs Are Masters of Musk

Lemurs sometimes mix their smelly secretions to produce a bouquet of stank—which may boost the perfume’s staying power. Karen Hopkin reports.

May 4, 2016 — Karen Hopkin
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