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Researchers decipher small Dead Sea mammal’s vocal communication

(Bar-Ilan University) With the Law of Brevity in mind, researchers examined whether call amplitude, rather than call duration, might be the main factor by which animal vocal repertoires are optimized. They fitted rock hyraxes with audio recorders and logged all of their calls, creating full vocal repertoire. The researchers demonstrate how changing necessities can affect the development of different voices for various purposes, and provide clues as to how the complexity of human language began to develop.

Innocent animals cannot do anything about climate change. Only people can. – USA TODAY

Caught by a motion-detection trail camera in the Florida wilds, a young panther manages a few steps before its wobbling hindquarters fail and its rear legs collapse to the ground. The cat, among several species stricken by some mysterious neurological ailment possibly connected…

Spain’s PM Scolds Climate Change ‘Deniers’, Urges ‘Fanatics’ To Repent

Spain’s interim prime minister said Monday “only a handful of fanatics deny the evidence” of climate change, urging those who disagree to admit they’re wrong, change their mind and join the “global consensus.” Pedro Sánchez said “alternative facts” about climate…

The reason why women are freezing at work

Once I settled into my first office job, I realized I was going to need two things to do my job well: a blanket and a space heater. The office was freezing. In fact, most offices are colder than what…

No matter your age, it's the quality of friendships that matters, not quantity

Researchers have determined that our social relationships at any age are important for both mental and physical health. And that’s especially true for older people. But this idea, which is widely accepted among doctors, social scientists and psychologists, isn’t yet…

Winning images of British Ecological Society photography competition announced

(British Ecological Society) An image of a Malagasy tree boa perched in a tree, taken by Roberto García Roa, has been awarded Overall Winner in the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, ‘Capturing Ecology.’

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A new world map rates food sustainability for countries across the globe

A global food system sustainability study builds the first map of its kind to score the sustainability of food systems, country-by-country. The study goes beyond usual questions of productivity and nutrition, and includes economic and social variables.

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A new world map rates food sustainability for countries across the globe

A global food system sustainability study builds the first map of its kind to score the sustainability of food systems, country-by-country. The study goes beyond usual questions of productivity and nutrition, and includes economic and social variables.

Dinosaur skull turns paleontology assumptions on their head

(University of Alberta) A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull — and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, the dinosaur was a Styracosaurus — a horned dinosaur over five metres in length with a fan of long horns. UAlberta paleontologists have learned much from those horns — because they aren’t symmetrical.

Young designer creates plastic alternative from fish waste and algae

It hopefully will be used to wrap sandwiches or carry baked goods instead of the cling wraps and plastics now on the market. The winning design for this year’s international James Dyson Award is a plastic alternative made out of…