Bats use polarized light to navigate
Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate – the first mammal that's known to do this.
How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet
(Phys.org) —Pandas are famously fussy eaters, but new research suggests there is method to their madness, with the animals switching between different species and parts of bamboo plants to maintain a balanced ...
Researchers find red fluorescence in fish is for vision not UV protection
Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison
Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes ...
Bee brains challenge view that larger brains are superior at understanding conceptual relationships
"Light pollution" may affect love lives of birds in the Viennese Forests
Artificial light in cities exerts negative effects on humans, animals, and their environment. In an ongoing research project, behavioral biologists at Vetmeduni Vienna are investigating how blue tits in the ...
A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic name
The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot of biodiversity and one of the most species richness biome of anurans (frogs, tree-frogs, and toads) in the world. However, current levels of diversity might be still underestimated. ...
Ninjabot strikes with force of a mantis shrimp
Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward
Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.
The mystery behind starling flocks explained
(Phys.org) —The mystery behind the movements of flocking starlings could be explained by the areas of light and dark created as they fly, new research suggests.
Human hybrids: a closer look at the theory and evidence
Survey debunks myth of 'flying ant day'
Warm weather this year and last has caused multiple flights of flying ants, often thought only to swarm once a year.
US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade
(AP)—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species.
Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins
For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the skies, spiders evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to ...