Danish museum discovers unique gift from Charles Darwin
The Natural History Museum of Denmark recently discovered a unique gift from one of the greatest-ever scientists. In 1854, Charles Darwin – father of the theory of evolution – sent a gift to his Danish ...
The ABC's of animal speech: Not so random after all
The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.
More wolf spiders feasting on American toads due to invasive grass, study shows
An invasive grass species frequently found in forests has created a thriving habitat for wolf spiders, who then feed on American toads, a new University of Georgia study has found.
Study shows snakes use more force than necessary when climbing trees
Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
(Phys.org) —A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when ...
Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos
A frog that does not croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.
Honeybees play a vital role in the agricultural industry
The next time you tuck into a salad, thank a honeybee.
Devil's Tongue flower comes to life in continuing five-year cycle
A rare plant at the McMaster Biology Greenhouse is finally showing its true colours (and odours), and may not bloom for another five years.
Together, humans and computers can figure out the plant world
As technology advances, science has become increasingly about data—how to gather it, organize it, and analyze it. The creation of key databases to analyze and share data lies at the heart of bioinformatics, or the ...
Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion
Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a study published August 27, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Teresa Romero from The University of Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues.
Piglet weaning age no bar to litter frequency
University of Adelaide research has shown that piglets can be weaned later with no negative effects on sow birthing frequency.
Calcium and reproduction go together
Everyone's heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication ...
And then there were 10—unexpected diversity in New Zealand kanuka genus Kunzea
At the stroke of a pen a New Zealand endemic tree has for the last 31 years been incorrectly regarded the same as a group of 'weedy' Australian shrubs and small trees. A New Zealand botanist has completed ...
Maine lobsterman catches rare blue lobster
A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.