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Parrots use sounds like people use names

Parrots use their ability to mimic sounds to address specific individuals in a dynamic communication network.

Tree-jumping taught dinosaurs to fly

The earliest dino-birds had wings that could only be used for passive flight between treetops, new fossil analysis reveals.

Humans have added new bones to the pig

A mapping of the pig genome sheds light on how pig farming has changed the animal over time. The new findings could be of great benefit to medical research.

Bizarre penis shaved by scientists

The most terrifying penis in the animal kingdom has now been under the laser. Here, scientists found the answer to an evolutionary mystery.

Living power cables discovered in Danish bay

Scientists have found bacteria that function as live electric cables at the bottom of the sea.

Previously unknown particle increases ocean acidity

Until recently, nobody knew tiny calcium carbonate particles are prolifically found in the open sea. Their origin is a mystery but climate change models will need to take them into account.

Mountains are younger than we think

A new study has shaved several million years off the age of mountain ranges following new evaluations of fossils and other impressions of ancient sea animals and plants.

Hitchhiking with ocean currents

Marine animals living on Arctic ice seem destined for a catastrophe if all the summer ice melts. But a tiny krill can survive by hitchhiking north with ocean currents.

New model helps scientists understand solar flares

Using a new computer model, researchers can now see how a solar flare arises and develops. An increased understanding of the gigantic explosions on the Sun will over time give us better space weather forecasts.

Living fossil lives only on two rocks

A small herb from the past has miraculously survived on two adjacent vertical cliffs with the help of ants.

Oysters are more complex than we think

Scientists have finally mapped the genome of oysters. This has given us new knowledge about life on the sea bottom and provides insight into the creation of pearls.

Lifting the lid on lichen

New species are uncovered in an ambitious lichen study which is mapping the extensive range of crustose lichens in Norway.