Brawn trumps beauty and sex trumps fitness on the evolutionary battlefield
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Brawn trumps beauty and sex trumps fitness on the evolutionary battlefield

Experiments with zebrafish capture evolution in action as scientists observe the ousting of genetic traits over generations. In a study released yesterday in the journal Evolution, demonstrated how evolutionary forces led to the extinction of a particular genetic trait in the laboratory. Researchers from Purdue University studied 18 different groups of zebrafish containing both wild-type males … Continue reading

Plastishpere: A Hotbed for Vibrio, No Threat of Cholera
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Plastishpere: A Hotbed for Vibrio, No Threat of Cholera

Last year, scientists discovered that huge patches of garbage in the middle of the ocean were creating a completely new kind of ecosystem made primarily of microbes thriving on plastic. Of the 1,000 species of microbes the scientists found living on ocean plastic, one of the frequent inhabitants was vibrio. That specific bit of news … Continue reading

Do Ambidexterity and Bravery Go Hand in Hand?
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Do Ambidexterity and Bravery Go Hand in Hand?

Fish that use both sides of their brain to analyze information are either braver than “one-sided” analyzers, or they’re just slower at reacting to fearful cues. That’s the conclusion of two Australian researchers, who are studying the relationship between personality and the way an animal uses its brain. Like people, who tend to be right … Continue reading