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New insights into chimpanzees, tools, and termites from the Congo basin
...inct tool sets used by chimpanzees in preying upon termites
in central Africa. They differ from technologies observed in other parts of their range. Chimpanzees regularly visit two forms of termite nests and used specific tool sets to extract their insect prey depending on the structure of the nest. These int...
Termites feed through good vibrations
Discovery that termites
use vibrations to choose the wood they eat may pro... Evans says laboratory experiments have found that termites
use their ability to detect vibrations to determine which food source is most suitable. The termites...
Bugs, even 'bad' ones, can be educationally beneficial, new book says
...writes. For example, homeowners typically think of termites
as pests, but in forests termites
are important for recycling dead wood. Waldbauer spent 15 years studying the cecropia moth (Hyalopho...
Fungus-farming termites descend from an African rain forest Eve
...h cultivate fungi as food inside their nests. Such termites
can be found in both rain forest and savannah habi...rts of the Old World. The relationship between the termites
and the cultivated fungus represents an impressive example of mutualistic symbiosis. The termites
...cepted and marveled over in insects such as bees, termites
and ants. But the naked mole-rat, a mammal, is the most advanced species to live in this arrangement, said Dr. Rodney Honeycutt, Texas A&M Univeristy wildlife professor whose 1992 article in American Scientist explained naked mole-rat life. Scientist...
Methane gyrations last 2,000 years show human influnece on atmosphere
...tion, natural sources of methane include wetlands, termites
and wildfires. Overall methane levels in the atmosphere increased about 2 percent from about 1 A.D. to 1000 and decreased by 2 percent from 1000 to 1700, according to the study. Since the 1700s, the levels have increased by nearly 300 percent, said...
Photos reveal first tool usage in wild gorillas
...i.e. the cracking of nuts with rocks or extracting termites
with long sticks), these two examples of using tools for postural support were triggered by other environmental factors. The Wildlife Conservation Society has been studying gorillas and other wildlife in the Republic of Congo since the 1...
Environmental metagenomics diagnosing extreme environments, tapping opportunities for clean energy
... a byproduct. "It's not as if we are going to put termites
in our tank, but if we can harness the termite microbe enzymes that breakdown lignocellulose and make hydrogen, we may end up with a commercially viable process," says Rubin....
Gut reaction: Researchers define the colon's genome
...on of TIGR, who has previously studied the guts of termites
and other animals. "We might compare different individuals, with different diets, for instance." More broadly, the new work could become the opening salvo of a Human Microbiome Project that defines the microbial side of ourselves, suggests co-author...
Rapid-fire jaws propel ants to safety
...ere collected in Costa Rica. Typical prey includes termites
and other ant species; predators include spiders, frogs and lizards. "There is nothing obvious about the ants' prey that points toward the need for an extremely fast capture mechanism," said Suarez, who is also an affiliate of the Institute for Gen...
New genetic analysis forces re-draw of insect family tree
...s the different species of social insects, such as termites
and bees, closer together - suggesting that the ab...l as among more distantly related insects, such as termites
and aphids. "That beetles don't show this tendency, known as eusociality, has been interpreted as...
Varied diet of early hominid casts doubt on extinction theory, says Colorado U study
...digging sticks thought to have been used to obtain termites
or tubers -- as well as one of the earliest known records of fire. The site contains animal bones burned at temperatures consistent with controlled fires. While anthropologists are confident that the varied diet of early homo species -- including...
Termites get the vibe on what tastes good
...searchers from CSIRO and UNSW@ADFA have shown that termites
can tell what sort of material their food is made ...nd other materials, the researchers found that the termites
always preferred the blocks containing the most wood even though they could not touch or see the ot...