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Blood ties fuel cooperation among species, not survival instinct

Cooperative breeding; when adults in a group team up to care for offspring, is not a survival strategy for animals living in extreme environments. It is instead, a natural result of monogamous relationships reinforcing stronger genetic bonds in family groups. Siblings with full biological ties are more likely than others to stay with their family and help day to day, a new Oxford University study has found.

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How Bees are helping farmers live alongside elephants

The tiny bee defends an impoverished farmer against the advance of enormous and hungry elephants, providing honey that eases any residual bad feeling. A fable? No, this is the new reality for farmers living next to Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.

Happy Anniversary to ERC

Happy Birthday To You

This year sees the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council ( ERC ). The ERC funds scientific projects that enable Europe’s brightest minds to tackle the greatest research challenges. This is an amazing long-term funding route, that prioritises the most exciting science, even if it is risky.

Deadly spider’s spinning technique could inspire tougher materials

One of the most feared and venomous arachnids in the world, the American brown recluse spider has long been known for its signature necro-toxic venom, as well as its unusual silk. Now, a new Oxford University, collaborative study offers an explanation for how the spider is able to make its silk so strong.

The drone inspired by a dragonfly.

Meet Skeeter, the first of a generation of animal-inspired mini-vehicles that could revolutionise drone technology — and save lives.

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