Fundamental bioscience news
A Newcastle University study has shown that baby birds that have a difficult start in life grow to be fatter and greedier than their more fortunate siblings. The researchers, led by Professor Melissa Bateson and Dr Clare Andrews, discovered that stress and difficulties as a chick made a long lasting impression on a starling’s relationship with food.
An international team led by scientists at the University of St Andrews has studied social-networks to understand how information might spread within and between groups of tool-using New Caledonian crows, according to a paper published in Nature Communications today. The New Caledonian crow is well-known for its ability to make and use tools to winkle nutritious insects out of their hiding places.
Small and hungry prawns are more likely to be resourceful in the face of adversity than their less desperate counterparts according to new research published today in the journal PLOS ONE. However the study found that size and hunger have different effects depending on whether the prawns are acting alone or in a group.