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By Linda Lombardi

There's much that animals don't wish you to grasp, and the higher their public photograph, the more serious their secrets and techniques are: gang-rapist dolphins; lazy, infanticidal lions; and, after all, our personal canine, who consume our cash, set our homes on hearth, and in additional than one case, truly shoot their proprietors with guns.

Animals Behaving Badly exhibits that animals are only like us: gluttonous, egocentric, violent, lustful, and continuously looking for #1. utilizing anecdotes from the scoop and from clinical study, Linda Lombardi pokes enjoyable at our softhearted preconceptions approximately animals, makes us believe a bit higher approximately humanity's basest impulses, and painlessly teaches us a section extra approximately our bushy and feathered friends.

You'll learn:

• Bees love alcohol: even, says one researcher, greater than collage students
• Pandas get pleasure from pornographic movies-they're rather aroused via the soundtrack-and macaques pays with juice to examine soiled pictures
• A rabbit who lives in a pub in England is hooked on playing with a slot machine
• African elephants raised by way of teenage moms shape violent adolescence gangs

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Such changes are triggered by altered gene expression, and include a progressive loss of physiological functions, a decrease of fertility and a greater vulnerability to disease or damage. It has long been believed that senescence is an inevitable consequence of ageing in all plants and animals. Evidence from diverse disciplines has challenged this assumption for animals2, however, and there are indications that it may also not apply to trees. First, there is a difference between cellular, tissue or organ senescence and whole-tree senescence.

Adi R. Bulsara is at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, 53560 Hull Street, San Diego, California 92152-5001, USA, and is a visiting scientist at the US Office of Naval Research Global, London, UK. mil 1. Wiesenfeld, K. & Moss, F. Nature 373, 33–36 (1995). 2. Bulsara, A. & Gammaitoni, L. Phys. Today 49(3), 39–45 (1996). 3. Badzey, R. L. & Mohanty, P. Nature 437, 995–998 (2005). 4. Feynman, R. , Leighton, R. B. & Sands, M. The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1, Ch. 38 (Addison-Wesley, Redwood, CA, 1989).

They found no relationship between grassland diversity (estimated by a measure known as the Shannon index) and above-ground productivity. But they show that below-ground productivity increased as a response to drought in the more diverse sites. Under these stressed conditions, the plant community as a whole is evidently diverting more of its fixed carbon to root production than to shoot production. In Kahmen and colleagues’ experiment, it was not possible to separate root biomass into its component species, so there is no information about which species of plants are shifting their resources to root growth.

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