Chimpanzee intelligence determined by genes
A chimpanzee's intelligence is largely determined by its genes, while environmental factors may be less important than scientists previously thought, according to a Georgia State University research study.
UK govt enlists public in fight to save dwindling bees
Five steps can help stop the decline of bees and other pollinators that are vital for the human food supply, Britain urged in a public appeal on Friday.
Functioning 'mechanical gears' seen in nature for the first time
a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal's legs ...
How rockstars and peacocks attract the ladies
What is it that makes rockstars so attractive to the opposite sex? Turns out Charles Darwin had it pegged hundreds of years ago – and it has a lot to do with peacocks.
In Poland, hedgehogs find a saviour
Too weak to stand on his feet after swallowing poison for garden slugs, Smoky the hedgehog is fighting for his life.
Urination duration: Study finds most mammals need about 21 seconds
Headed to the bathroom? If you think you might have to "pee like a race horse," join the club - so does everyone else. Scientists who watched dozens of different mammals from rats to elephants relieve themselves ...
Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow
It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists ...
New plant species from the heart of Texas: Wrongly identified since 1974, only three specimens are known
Collectors found the first two specimens of the prickly plant in 1974 and 1990 in west Texas. Then, for two decades, the 14-inch-tall plant was identified wrongly as one species, then another and then a third.
African fruit 'brightest' thing in nature but does not use pigment to create its extraordinary colour
(Phys.org)—The 'brightest' thing in nature, the Pollia condensata fruit, does not get its blue colour from pigment but instead uses structural colour – a method of reflecting light of particular wavelengths- ...
Oil searchers discover and record deep-sea graveyard off Angola coast
Wild brown bear observed using a tool
Research calls for a new diet classification for mammals
The analysis of 139 land mammals' dietary preferences has led researchers to call for a new classification system, as many diets were varied beyond the current understanding of herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore.
Shark sightings off US state a boon for tourism (Update)
Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts peninsula popular among beach combers.