Magpie parents know a baby cuckoo when they see one
Cuckoos that lay their eggs in the nest of a magpie so that their chicks can be raised by the latter better hope that their young are not raised together with other magpies. The chances of cuckoo fledglings raised in mixed ...
Mystery of reindeer's changing eye colour
Nobody has ever come up with a definitive explanation for Rudolph's fabled red nose, but visitors to Kingston University's latest Café Scientifique session have had the chance to hear all about the curious ...
Pest-killing wasps and berry fungus
We know more about wildlife this week, thanks to research by two Canadian teens. Teens from Ottawa and rural British Columbia published their research in this week's issue of a scientific journal, The Ca ...
Study provides nutritional information on oilseed crop for use in pig diets
Long considered a weed in North America, Camelina sativa is increasingly valued as an oilseed crop.
Muscular head pumps give long-proboscid fly the edge
A long-proboscid fly with an extra-long, tongue-like proboscis might seem to take extra-long to feed on a flower, but it actually has an advantage over its counterparts with average sized nectar-sipping mouth ...
Rare white tiger has knee surgery in Japan
Vets in Japan have carried out knee surgery on a rare white tiger cub, fixing a leg problem the animal had been born with.
Chimp lawsuit falters in US courts
Three US judges have rejected lawsuits demanding that chimpanzees be recognized as people with fundamental rights, an animal charity said Tuesday.
Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol
Reticulated giraffe calf born in captivity
At just four weeks old, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's newest arrival is already standing tall – at almost six feet!
How tree sparrows recognize foreign eggs in their nests
Many birds have reason to worry that the eggs in their nest might not be their own: birds often deposit eggs into other nests and it is not easy for parents to tell their eggs from others. Researchers at ...
Europe's rarest orchid rediscovered on 'lost world' volcano in the Azores
Researchers studying speciation of butterfly orchids on the Azores have been startled to discover that the answer to a long-debated question "Do the islands support one species or two species?" is actually ...
Horse behavior in the field
A nudge from the nose of a free-roaming zebra, or towering, 2,500-pound Clydesdale draft horse, might send others running.
Intracellular ABC transporters enable leaf beetle larvae to accumulate defensive precursors when feeding
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have discovered the decisive biological stimulator for the accumulation of defensive substances in leaf beetle larvae used by ...
Preserving the precious Tigers Milk mushroom
A technique to preserve cells from the rare and popular Tigers Milk Mushroom for later use is published in the latest issue of The Journal of Tropical Agriculture Science. The mushroom, Lignosus rhinoceros, is wid ...