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Science explains why zebras have stripes

Science explains why zebras have stripes

April 1 (UPI) -- A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, believe they've systematically solved the puzzle of why zebras have stripes.
Brooks Hays
New beetle species, first discovered by Darwin, named for him on his birthday

New beetle species, first discovered by Darwin, named for him on his birthday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A new species of beetle, first collected by Charles Darwin in 1832, has been given a genus and species name to celebrate Darwin Day.
Brooks Hays

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
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Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- That living on islands makes animals tamer than their mainland counterparts, a theory proposed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago, is supported in a new study.
Ananth Baliga
Australia's saltwater crocodiles said world's most aggressive

Australia's saltwater crocodiles said world's most aggressive

DARWIN, Australia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say the continent's saltwater crocodiles are the most aggressive, much more so than six other species from around the world.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Deadly disease striking amphibians may have wiped out Darwin's frogs

Deadly disease striking amphibians may have wiped out Darwin's frogs

LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A deadly fungal disease of amphibians may bring the extinction of Darwin's frogs, an iconic South American species, British and Chilean researchers say.

Genetics suggests early human relatives made impressive migrations

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Some ancient human relatives somehow managed to cross one of the world's widest marine barriers in Indonesia to interbreed with modern humans, scientists say.
The lowly sponge credited with keeping world's coral reefs alive

The lowly sponge credited with keeping world's coral reefs alive

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The mystery of how coral reefs, among Earth's most vibrant ecosystems, flourish in waters lacking nutrients is down to lowly sponges, European scientists say.
Google Street View brings Galapagos Islands to the Internet

Google Street View brings Galapagos Islands to the Internet

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Google says armchair explorers can now experience the Galapagos Islands, one of Earth's most biodiverse places, direct from their computer.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
By United Press International

Expedition seeks clues to fate of Swedish colony in Angola

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 31 (UPI) -- Swedish investigators say they hope to find clues about the fate of a colony of Swedish immigrants to Angola last heard from nearly a century ago.

Study notes sex role reversal in species

SHEFFIELD, England, March 12 (UPI) -- European scientists say they know why for some animal species it's fathers rather than mothers that take care of their young -- and it's all down to numbers.
DNA helps explain Falkland Islands wolves

DNA helps explain Falkland Islands wolves

ADELAIDE, Australia, March 5 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say DNA has helped understand the history of the now-extinct Falkland Islands wolf, the only land-based mammal on the isolated islands.
Nobel Prize for DNA find to be auctioned

Nobel Prize for DNA find to be auctioned

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- One of the Nobel Prize medals awarded in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DNA will be auctioned in New York City, Heritage Auctions in Texas says.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

Man suspected of stealing artifacts

FALL RIVER, Nova Scotia, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A hoard of historical artifacts and art that could be worth more than $1 million was found in a home in Canada, authorities say.

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Centuries-old 'life map' updated

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Danish scientists say they've completed an update of a world map that for centuries has been the backbone of our understanding of global biodiversity.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.
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Tortoise Lonesome George to be embalmed

Tortoise Lonesome George to be embalmed

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, June 28 (UPI) -- Lonesome George, the giant Galapagos tortoise who died on Sunday as the last of his species, will be embalmed and put on display, officials in Ecuador say.
Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

Grant teased Thornton about Disraeli phobia

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- British actor Hugh Grant admits to taunting his "Love Actually" co-star Billy Bob Thornton about his phobia of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Founder effect' observed for first time

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Biologists have observed a theory of species evolution known as the founder effect in action for the first time, U.S. university researchers reported.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
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