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How Baby Birds Learn to Duet

Recordings of songbird duets reveal that baby birds learn conversational turn-taking like we do: gradually, and from adults. Christopher Intagliata reports.

1 hour ago — Christopher Intagliata

Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger

The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.

February 22, 2018 — Karen Hopkin

Programming a DNA Clock

Engineers have created a DNA-based chemical oscillator, opening the door to molecular computing

February 21, 2018 — Rachel Nuwer

Seabird Feathers Reveal Less-Resilient Ocean

By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less-resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 15, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Old Trees Are Ecosystem Gold

David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University College of Science in Canberra says that older trees play outsize roles in maintaining landscapes and ecosystems.

February 12, 2018 — Mariette Dichristina and Steve Mirsky

Life on the Rocks

Scientists are probing deep beneath the ocean’s surface to learn how life on Earth began

February 12, 2018 — James Nestor and bioGraphic
Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

Damselfish had trouble learning to avoid predators, when that lesson was accompanied by a soundtrack of buzzing boat engines. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 11, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Woodpeckers Drum to Their Own Tunes

The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart—which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 7, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata
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