Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost
Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer.
Ants show left bias when exploring new spaces
Unlike Derek Zoolander, ants don't have any difficulty turning left. New research from the University of Bristol, UK published today in Biology Letters, has found that the majority of rock ants instinctively go lef ...
Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles
The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.
Keep dogs and cats safe during winter
(HealthDay)—Winter can be tough on dogs and cats, but there are a number of safe and effective ways you can help them get through the cold season, an expert says.
Study suggests virus impacts caterpillar's phototactic response causing them to climb
Christmas colors disguise gliding lizards in the rainforest
By mimicking the red and green colours of falling leaves, Bornean lizards avoid falling prey to birds whilst gliding, new research has found.
Antarctic seals may use Earth's magnetic field to navigate while hunting
Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep—as much as of hundreds of meters—while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need on the surface ...
Genomics work suggests vocalizing birds could tell us more about human speech disorders
Think that sparrow whistling outside your bedroom window is nothing more than pleasant background noise?
Study pumps up the volume on understanding of marine invertebrate hearing
Noise pollution in the ocean is increasingly recognized as harmful to marine mammals, affecting their ability to communicate, find mates, and hunt for food. But what impact does noise have on invertebrates ...
Variety is the spice of humble moth's sex life
A small brown moth has one of the most complex sex lives in the insect world, new research has found.
The ants that conquered the world
About one tenth of the world's ants are close relatives; they all belong to just one genus out of 323, called Pheidole. "If you go into any tropical forest and take a stroll, you will step on one of these ...
Newly discovered assassin bug was incognito, but now it's incognita
Sometimes new insect species are discovered in the wild, and sometimes they are discovered in the drawers of old museum collections. Then there are those that are discovered by accident, which is how Dr. ...
Argentine Orangutan unfazed by right to freedom ruling
Sandra the orangutan took her newfound fame in stride after an Argentine court upheld her right to be freed from a zoo, munching a melon and putting the rind on her head for the cameras.
221 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2014
In 2014, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added a whopping 221 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening ...