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Undergraduate research shows leaderless honeybee organizing

...s incapable of managing the colony the way a human village might be managed by a council of elders. Instead, critical strategic choices, such as the assessment that it is time to divide the colony and swarm, appear to be decided by the dynamics of the group itself. Social interactions, environmental pressure...

Cloning the smell of the seaside

...st of Stiffkey's claims to fame. The small coastal village is renowned for its 'Stewkey Blue' cockles and was also the home of Henry Williamson, author of 'Tarka the Otter'. A more controversial figure from Siffkey's past was its rector, Rev Harold Davidson, who was defrocked in 1932 after allegedly 'cavo...

New technologies coming too fast for Indian farmers

...iously undocumented pattern of fads, in which each village moves from seed to seed, reflects a breakdown in "environmental learning," leaving farmers to rely on "social learning." Stone refers to this situation as "de-skilling." "The bottom line is that the spread of Bt cotton doesn't so much reflect that ...

Update on census of world's most endangered cat -- Female Amur leopard found dead

...pardess on April 20 about two miles from Bamburovo village within the watershed of Alimovka River on the territory of Barsovy National Wildlife Refuge. The next day veterinarians from the Zoological Society of London found that the 77 pound mature female leopard was shot in the back side. The bullet came ...

Multiple malaria infection inhibits spread of parasite

...source of malaria transmission in the area. In the village Koundou, the number of infectious bites was about five times as high as in the capital. There previous research had revealed 177 infectious bites. Test The existing laboratory test for malaria immunity did not yet work optimally. Therefore t...

E. coli bacteria migrating between humans, chimps in Ugandan park

...team also analyzed samples from people living in a village 5 kilometers from the research site and 25 kilometers from the tourism station. People in the village had no known contact with the chimps. The team collected 250 E. coli isolates from 25 humans and ...

High levels of blindness in southern Sudan following years of war

... villages to be visited at random. A house in each village visited was selected by spinning a pen in the middle of the village. The people in this house were examined and then other houses were chosen, also at random. Around 2500 people were examined. Children under five years were not included in survey. A ...

New evidence of early horse domestication

...e during the Soviet era and have returned to small village pastoralism, Olsen says. ...

Tamed 11,400 years ago, figs were likely first domesticated crop

...f an aggregate fruit such as a fig) at Gilgal I, a village in the Lower Jordan Valley, just 8 miles north of ancient Jericho, known to have been inhabited for some 200 years before being abandoned roughly 11,200 years ago. The carbonized figs were not distorted, suggesting that they may have been dried for h...

Human behavior changes the number of strains of infectious diseases

... "Just think of the behavioral differences between village and city life: one with quiet streets and few new faces, and the other with thousands of hurrying people and crowded public transport. That's two very different environments for a pathogen. There are always going to be plenty of factors that determin...

Protecting endangered species helps reduce poverty

...per capita income is roughly $250. In the Indian village of Farida, a WWF awareness-raising program aimed at conserving the rare Ganges river dolphin helped the community to address critical basic needs such as clean water. After five years, the number of families below the poverty line significantly decli...

Ancient humans brought bottle gourds to the Americas from Asia

...societies before the advent of pottery and settled village life, and was apparently domesticated thousands of years before any plant was domesticated for food purposes. Radiocarbon dating indicates that bottle gourds were present in the Americas by 10,000 years ago and widespread by 8,000 years ago. Some of...

Past illegal blood donation in China linked to hepatitis C virus infection

...ent had a history of selling blood or plasma; from village to village, the rates ranged from 9 percent to 49 percent. The most common reasons for the practice were a need for money and being talked into it by other people. Villagers began to sell blood as early as in 1973 and as late as 1998; the main reason...

Genetically modified rice in China benefits farmers' health, study finds

...villages in five counties and of Youming 86 in one village in Fujian province. The farmers received no compe...s of this variety because it was grown in only one village by comparatively few farm households. Pesticide related illnesses Because there is a high incidenc...

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