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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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ScienceShot: Why Female Lemurs Sleep Around
4 October 2011 7:01 pm
Researchers have turned the tables in the battle of the sexes. In an attempt to figure out why female mouse lemurs (Microcebus murinus)—a tiny nocturnal species native to Madagascar—mate with multiple males, scientists overfed some females from birth, causing them to plump up larger than the males. The team assumed that the females bred with several partners because they were being sexually harassed, but even though the plus-size ladies were able to defend themselves from unwanted amorous advances, they still shacked up with multiple males every night. In fact, they had more encounters with males than did females who were unusually small, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Either a polygamous lifestyle confers some unknown evolutionary advantage for females, the team concludes, or girls really do just want to have fun.
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