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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Video: Oozing Toward Love
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If you're a sea snail, finding a date amid the leaves and twisting branches of Hong Kong's mangrove forests is a tricky affair. Fortunately, males of the species Littoraria ardouiniana (shown) and L. melanostoma have hit upon a good solution. During breeding season, the gastropods seem to be able to sniff out the mucus trails left behind by traveling females, researchers report online this month in Animal Behaviour. In the lab, males traced female trails more often than trails lain by other males or females of another species. These slow-moving bloodhounds (the video depicts snails moving at four times their normal speed) may be picking up on as-of-yet undiscovered pheromones in the females' mucus, the team says, hinting at a possible new Chanel fragrance: Eau du Ooze.
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