This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

The way a mosquito uses its wings to make special sounds to attract a mate could lead to ways to build quieter drones, researchers say.

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology drones flight mating mosquitoes wings

Bird bacteria works like a come-on to other birds

"The odors produced by birds are unique to them... Alter that bacteria and the bird could be less attractive to potential mates."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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How being yellow messes up fruit fly sex lives

A single genetic mutation both turns male fruit flies yellow and keeps them from mating effectively. How is that possible? Sex combs.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Oct. 17, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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In flocks of birds, couples stick together

Flocks of birds aren't one cohesive unit. Instead, mated pairs of birds within the flock are most loyal to each other.

Andrew Myers-Stanford | May 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Stress doesn’t stop male lizards from showing off

Stress doesn't stop male fence lizards from trying to look sexy, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State | April 18, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Primate guys get to look snazzy or have big testicles

"In a nutshell, the showiest males have the smallest testes."

Beat Müller-U. Zurich | April 10, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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To see the value of love, look to animals

Animals in love are "basically saying, 'I like you. Let's see where this leads.'"

Heidi Hall-Vanderbilt | Feb. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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‘Selfish’ genes make different species incompatible

There are more factors that explain why different species don't breed than previously thought, specficially the presence of "selfish genes."

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Jan. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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‘Optimal mating distance’ really does lead to super fit offspring

The exact right amount of genetic difference between parents—not too much, not too little—makes for the fittest offspring.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Nov. 26, 2018 | futurity
~4 mins   

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