Whales learn songs like humans, verse by verse

Humpback whales learn songs in segments – like the verses of a human song – and can remix them, a new study involving University of Queensland research has found. The study featured data from Associate Professor Michael Noad of the

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Dragonfly brains predict the path of their prey

New research has shown how the brain of a dragonfly anticipates the movement of its prey, enabling it to hunt successfully. This knowledge could lead to innovations in fields such as robot vision. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and

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Why the perfect sperm cannot be passed on

The evolutionary puzzle of why a significant number of individuals in any population have poorly performing genes is closer to being solved, in a new study looking at the genetics of sperm in the zebra finch. A number of genes

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Evidence of water inside the Moon

A new study of satellite data finds that numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain unusually high amounts of trapped water compared with surrounding terrains. The finding of water in these ancient deposits, which are believed

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Being neurotic may postpone death

A study indicates that having higher levels of the personality trait neuroticism may reduce the risk of death for individuals who report being in fair or poor health. The study of over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom further revealed

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Largest marsupial ever, found on Australia’s Kangaroo Island

In this not-too-distant prehistoric past, when giant megafauna and flightless birds, Tasmanian tigers and devils roamed around Kangaroo Island, their footprints left trails for scientists to track in the future. Fast forward more than 140,000 years and extensive studies of

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Healthy sharks sustain healthy oceans

A team from UWA has completed a four month research expedition looking for signs of healthy coral reefs in the remote Kimberley. They observed an unexpectedly high number of sharks in the region, suggesting sharks play a key role in regulating

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Coral reef diversity a game of rock-paper-scissors

For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of coral reef species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn’t a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out

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Saliva holds clues to a ‘ghost’ species of ancient human

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a “ghost” species of archaic human may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that sexual rendezvous

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9/11 survivors increased health risk

People who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 (9/11) may be at increased long-term risk of asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attack,

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