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Genomic Analysis of the Evolution and Global Spread of Hyper-invasive Meningococcal Lineage

A research article published in EBioMedicine (http://www.ebiomedicine.com) by Odile Harrison and colleagues provides a gene-by-gene account of genomic data belonging to a global serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis isolate collection, the causative agent of meningitis and septicaemia.

Flip for Flap: How ibis cooperate during migration flight

A new paper in PNAS by Bernhard Voelkl and colleagues reports a study on the social dynamics during bird migration flight. The authors tracked a flock of 14 critically endangered juvenile Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) on their first, southbound migration. GPS loggers were attached to each bird to record each individual’s position within the flock. Results reveal that individuals cooperate by taking turns in the energetically costly lead position of a V-shaped formation.

Katrin Kronenberger and Fritz Vollrath in the news

Katrin Kronenberger and Fritz Vollrath in the news for their work on how spiders produce super-strong, very thin fibres http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-01-28-spider-electro-combs-its-sticky-
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Congratulations to Jeremy Thomas

Congratulations to Jeremy Thomas for winning NERC's societal impact award for his work on bringing back the large blue butterfly.

Payoff-based learning and the decline of co-operation

Max Burton & Stu West have shown that humans cooperate less over time in public goods games, because they are learning how best to play the game, and not as previously argued, as some form of 'conditional cooperation'.