animal behaviour

Scientists uncovering origins of singing mice


August 12th, 2012 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 12 (IANS) Singing mice have tawny brown fur instead of the common white albino strain; they hail from tropical cloud forests in the mountains of Costa Rica, and ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Amarnath yatra pilgrims could be sensors for earthquakes (Science Feature)


June 29th, 2012 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS
Pilgrims who trek to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir and the horses that carry them could be used as sensors of an impending earthquake.Geologists foresee a major earthquake ... Read more...

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British dogs to get anti-depressants


June 25th, 2012 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 25 (IANS) Dogs in Britain would now be given anti-depressant drugs similar to those given to humans after it was found that over six million canines suffer from ... Read more...

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First robotic fish tested


April 12th, 2012 - 7:55 am ICT by IANS
Rome, April 12 (IANS) The world's first robotic fish has successfully debuted among real fish, paving the way for better understanding of animal behaviour, an expert said.The robot, capable of ... Read more...

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Modern sparrows sing louder to be heard


April 5th, 2012 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS
London, April 5 (IANS) Urban sparrows today have a far more high-pitched song than they did 50 years ago because they want to be heard over noise of the city, ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Alga blooming in Antarctica can be seen from space


March 6th, 2012 - 9:27 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Sydney, Mar 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Australian scientists have produced images from space which shows giant algae floating on the surface of Antarctica. It is not clear how the algae got there but ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Researchers find that young goats can develop accents


February 16th, 2012 - 10:49 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Feb 16 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers have reported that young goats develop accent based on the group they are in. The study raises the possibility that animals have higher accents than previously ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Humans, animals still share primitive fear response


January 18th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 18 (IANS) Our primitive response to fear, a trait we share with other animals, can override our conscious anticipation or assessment of danger.These findings have implications for how ... Read more...

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Scientists find female frogs call out during sex to excite lover


April 30th, 2011 - 5:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have discovered that the female species of the Emei music frog make unique sounds during sex to encourage the performance of their male ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Pigs’ love of mud linked to their evolution


April 30th, 2011 - 5:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 30 (ANI): It is well known that pigs wallow in mud to keep cool because they do not have normal sweat glands to regulate their body temperature.But a scientist in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Male peacock’s tail plumage and eyespots attract females for mating


April 28th, 2011 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI
Researchers Roz Dakin and Robert Montgomerie have discovered that natural variation in the number of eyespots on a male peacock's tail does not impact its mating success. However, peacocks whose tails are ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Chimps lose out by ‘aping dominant member of the group’


April 24th, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 24 (ANI): A Georgia State University researcher has hinted that a chimpanzee is unable to use its own initiative to gain the best possible reward if it behaves differently from ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Caterpillars mimic twigs to fool predators


April 5th, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 5 (ANI): A new study has shown that caterpillars that masquerade as twigs are actually using clever behavioural strategies to outwit their predators.Researchers at the universities of Exeter, Liverpool, Liverpool ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Opposites attract, but do they make better parents?


January 28th, 2011 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 28 (IANS) Couples with similar personalities make much better parents than those with different dispositions -- at least in the world of zebra finches.Researchers from University of Exeter, Britain, found ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Be it soil, rock or wood, spiders can change tactics to attract mates


January 25th, 2011 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 25 (ANI): A new study has shown that when courting, spiders can modify their mating strategy depending on the environmental surface (soil, rock, wood, leaves) to attract the female spiders.Researchers ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Feeding the birds can delay their chorus at the crack of dawn


January 9th, 2011 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 9 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the growing phenomenon of feeding wild birds with food such as sunflower seeds and fat balls is altering their behaviour.It has also ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dogs don’t care if their owners are a little nutty


January 6th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 6 (ANI): A new study shows that a pet dog doesn't care if its owner is nutty.Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and at Harvard University have claimed ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dogs aren’t the only best friends of man


January 4th, 2011 - 12:37 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 3 (IANS) The ability of dogs to fetch a pair of slippers, assist the blind or help round up sheep may be well known. But there are many other creatures ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Feeding birds impact male mating chances


December 27th, 2010 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 27 (IANS) Feeding birds can delay their dawn chorus, says new research, which pointed out that the extra food could have a major impact on male mating chances.Scientists have discovered ... Read more...

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Beautiful females must smell and taste like ones too to bag a date


November 24th, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 24 (ANI): It seems that being a great looking female is just not enough - for her to be attractive, she has to "smell" and "taste" like one too.When it ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Genes determine a lot more than just our looks


November 8th, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 08 (ANI): A study has suggested that the two sets of chromosomes we humans inherit from our parents do not only determine our physical traits but also how we develop.Dr ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Male spiders prefer virginity to size


October 31st, 2010 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): A new study has revealed that male spiders that get to have sex only once or twice in their lives are far more interested in a female spider's ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Secrets behind what makes people attractive revealed


October 25th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 25 (ANI): A study into why some people are more attractive than others has found that it may all be due to oxidative stress and antioxidants.Psychologists have discovered that men ... Read more...

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Two Indian wildlife films bag Panda awards


October 22nd, 2010 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Two Indian wildlife films "The Pack: Episode 5" and "The Wild Meat Trail" have bagged Panda awards at the Wildscreen film festival in Bristol.Mysore-based duo Krupakar-Senani's ... Read more...

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Sparrows eavesdrop to distinguish good neighbours from bad


October 21st, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 21 (ANI): Scientists have found that sparrows can identify troublemakers by eavesdropping on them.A study has shown that the birds can tell, "who started it" in a neighbouring squabble over ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Study on genetics in fruit flies sheds light on brain function


September 11th, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 11 (ANI): Researchers studying neurobiology in fruit flies (Drosophila) have come up with a new method to understand brain function with potential applications in studies of human neurological diseases.Bing Zhang ... Read more...

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Military Bomb Sniffing Dog Named ‘Gina’ Diagnosed With PTSD


August 5th, 2010 - 1:57 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Aug 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) “Gina” the bomb sniffing canine is a very well trained United States military dog which served six months in Iraq was recently diagnosed, by a military veterinarian, as ... Read more...

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Growling dogs could merely be depressed


July 19th, 2010 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 19 (ANI): Dogs that growl and bite people might not be naturally hostile, but are merely depressed, says a new research. Scientists, who studied badly behaved pets concluded that they ... Read more...

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US scientists control worms’ movements with nanoparticles


July 10th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, July 10 (ANI): Scientists in the US have found a way to remotely control animal behaviour.Researchers at the University of Buffalo were able to could control the movements of tiny ... Read more...

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Parents who devote less time to offspring more prone to homosexuality


July 10th, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 10 (ANI): Birds that devote less time to their offspring engage in more same-sex behaviour, according to a new study.The results of the study offer a possible explanation for the ... Read more...

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Horses could be men’s next best friends after dogs


July 6th, 2010 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 6 (ANI): Horses inherently understand humans better than most other animals do, displaying tremendous sensitivity to even the most subtle eye and body movements, says a new study.The research found ... Read more...

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Holding babies key to male bonding


June 20th, 2010 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 20 (ANI): Males have a better chance of bonding with each other when carrying an infant, suggests a new study.The research, carried out among Barbary macaque monkeys, revealed that baby's ... Read more...

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Bulldog bats ‘honk’ on meeting strangers


June 11th, 2010 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 11 (ANI): Bats use ultrasound to broadcast their identity to strangers, a new German research suggests.Silke Voigt-Heucke of the Free University of Berlin conducted a study to find if bats ... Read more...

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Orangutans in zoos enjoy watching visitors too


June 8th, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 8 (ANI): Just like we enjoy watching orangutans in zoos, the apes too regard "people watching" as a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon, scientists believe.According to boffins, the apes ... Read more...

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‘Cautious’ monkeys can anticipate fights


May 30th, 2010 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 30 (ANI): Some monkeys have the ability to anticipate fights and take precautionary measures to avoid them, researchers have found.Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino of Liverpool John Moores University, UK, and ... Read more...

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