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A tiny rodent may have the most sophisticated language of any animal. ... With a single bark, he says, a prairie dog may warn about the type and direction of an encroaching predator, and even describe its colour. If confirmed, that means the chattering rodents communicate in a more complex way than even monkeys or dolphins.

2010-02-02

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They have been monitoring communications between animals that cannot be heard by human ears. The elephant's trumpeting call will be familiar to most people, but the animals also emit growls. Their growls, however, are only partly audible; two-thirds of the call is at frequencies that are too low to be picked up by our hearing...

2010-02-22

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A tiny group of bees act like "pied pipers" to trigger the onset of bee swarms report scientists. By buzzing a "piping" signal the bees are able to initiate an explosive departure from the hive. Bees are known to use signals to tell the colony when to swarm but which bees had the power to make this decision was unclear. Now scientists have identified a small oligarchy of individual bees that hold the key to swarm...

2010-03-15

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It is like something out of a horror movie: baby spiders devour their own mother, then climb aboard her web, and make it throb in a series of pulsating vibrations.

2010-06-24

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Changing the display may make some people feel better, but it doesn't really fix the problem...

2010-07-02

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Plants are able to "remember" and "react" to information contained in light, according to researchers. Plants, scientists say, transmit information about light intensity and quality from leaf to leaf in a very similar way to our own nervous systems. These "electro-chemical signals" are carried by cells that act as "nerves" of the plants...

2010-07-14

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