Wing imprints reveal dino-era praying mantis

Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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One termite lineage took over by switching diets

"Termites are mostly misunderstood," says entomologist Thomas Chouvenc. Tracing their evolution shows they do more than eat wood and destroy homes.

Lourdes Rodriguez-U. Florida • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Genes highlight differences in wild and tame rabbits

New research sheds light on the gene differences in wild and domesticated rabbits, including genes related to tolerating humans.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves weren’t closely related to today’s wolves

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Dire wolves were a distant relative of wolves today

Dire wolves, the extinct species made famous in "Game of Thrones," were so different from grey wolves they couldn't breed with them, DNA sequencing shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Monkeys stick with stuff that isn’t working, too

The "sunk costs" phenomenon, where we keep at a task even if it's not working because of time we've already invested, influences monkeys, too.

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Why the platypus sweats milk and is so weird

The first complete mapping of the genome of the quirky duck-billed platypus reveals how it got so strange.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~5 min

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Islands may fix a flaw in Darwin’s theory of life’s origins

A new theory solves a problem with Charles Darwin's idea of early life evolving in "warm little ponds" despite the world being covered in oceans.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~4 min

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Bonobo and chimp genomes shed light on huge differences

A whole-genome comparison of bonobos and chimpanzees reveals the pathways associated with differences between their diets, sociality, and sexual behaviors.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Lab-made killer T cell attacks cells that cause diabetes

A genetically engineered killer T cell can identify and attack the T cells that cause type 1 diabetes in mice, researchers report.

Stacy Pigott-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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