Robot snake automatically wraps around an object when thrown (w/ Video)
Study reveals shock-absorbing ability of woodpecker beaks
Study shows sea snake can live up to seven months without drinking
Dogs likely originated in Europe more than 18,000 years ago
Wolves likely were domesticated by European hunter–gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and gradually evolved into dogs that became household pets, UCLA life scientists report.
Monkeys fear big cats less, eat more, with humans around
How bees decide what to be: Researchers link reversible 'epigenetic' marks to behavior patterns
Johns Hopkins scientists report what is believed to be the first evidence that complex, reversible behavioral patterns in bees – and presumably other animals – are linked to reversible chemical tags on ...
How dogs can walk on ice without freezing their paws
Remote Kimberley teeming with unclassified life
A WA Museum herpetologist has described several 'new' Kimberley frog species, mostly collected during field trips with Kings Park botanists Matt and Russell Barrett.
Spider venom reveals new secret
University of Arizona researchers led a team that has discovered that venom of spiders in the genus Loxosceles, which contains about 100 spider species including the brown recluse, produces a different chemic ...
Doing it to death: Suicidal sex in 'marsupial mice'
Imagine if you only had one shot at passing on your genes before you died. It happens more often in the natural world than you might expect: suicidal reproduction – where one or both sexes of a species ...
Scientists use fossilized feces to reconstruct moa diet
Female pigs can recognise the sex of sperm and influence the sex of their offspring
(Phys.org) —Female pigs' reproductive systems recognise whether a sperm will produce a boy or a girl before it reaches and fertilises the egg, and their oviduct (fallopian tubes) change in response, according ...
A whale with a distinctly human-like voice
For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales—or at least one very special white whale—can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whales typically ...
Social experience drives empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats
Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with the ...