Smarter than a first-grader?
In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over ...
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 ...
Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell, study finds
Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday.
Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material
Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical ...
Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times
(AP)—A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him.
Underground amphibians evolved unique ear
Caecilians have developed an oversized organ in their ears to help them sense underground vibrations, say scientists.
Monkeys fear big cats less, eat more, with humans around
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.
15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes
A comprehensive 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the ...
Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril
The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.
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.
Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed
Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics
Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier ...
Dogs get especially jealous of other dogs, study finds
Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said Wednesday.