Why so many colorful little warblers? These 2 genes

"Wood warblers are an incredibly colorful and diverse group of birds, with more than a hundred species in total." Here's why.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Why so many colorful little warblers? These 2 genes

"Wood warblers are an incredibly colorful and diverse group of birds, with more than a hundred species in total." Here's why.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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How do geese know how to fly south for the winter?

Geese honk loudly and point their bills toward the sky when they're ready to start the migration. Here's how they know it's time, how they navigate and how they conserve energy on the grueling trip.

Tom Langen, Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Curious Kids: How did some animals evolve wings to fly?

Today's birds evolved from feathered dinosaurs.

Matthew Wills, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Colorful bird feathers may explain evolution paradox

"Ever-increasing specialization and precision should be an evolutionary dead end, but that is not the case." Bird feathers may solve the evolution mystery.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a safer new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets

Chemists have turned the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue pigment.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Feathery dino from New Mexico was one of the last raptors

A newly discovered dinosaur called Dineobellator notohesperus was one of the last species of raptor. It also had feathers, researchers say.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

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Ancient bird skull found in amber was tiny predator in the time of giant dinosaurs

The skull of Oculudentavis, found encased in amber, provides new clues into the transition from dinosaurs to birds and may be smallest of either ever found.

Jingmai Kathleen O'Connor, Senior Professor of Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~7 min

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