The female of the species is harder to please than the male
Female bats are fussier than males when it comes choosing where to eat in urban areas, according to new research from the University of Stirling.
Bottlenose dolphins use specific whistles as names
Bottlenose dolphins in Africa use signature whistles to identify each other, say scientists investigating the animals communication.
Female sea urchins hedge their bets in the mating game
Sleeping around pays off for females, according to an international team of evolutionary biologists.
Tags on fish may act as 'dinner bell' for seals
Sound-emitting tags fitted to fish to track their survival may, paradoxically, be alerting predator seals to their whereabouts, said scientists Wednesday who warned of a "dinner bell" effect.
Conservation and immunology of wild seabirds: Vaccinating two birds with one shot
A group of researchers from the University of Barcelona (Spain), the CNRS in Montpellier (France) and Princeton University (USA) report in The American Naturalist that the vaccination of females of a long ...
Time management skills keep animals primed for survival
Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.
Big data and the science of the Christmas tree
Often called the "Cadillac of Christmas trees," the Fraser Fir has everything a good Christmas tree should have: an even triangular shape, a sweet piney fragrance, and soft needles that (mostly) stay attached ...
Dutch barnacle geese have more active immune system than same species in the North
Bird migration is an impressive phenomenon, but why birds often travel huge distances to and from their breeding grounds in the far North is still very unclear. Suggestions include that the birds profit from ...
Better focus at the micro world: A low-budget focus stacking system for mass digitization
A team of Belgian researchers constructed a focus stacking set-up made of consumer grade products with better end results than high-end solutions and this at only a tenth of the prize of current existing ...
Which dot will they hunt? Prey is recognized even by the zebrafish retina
Seeing - recognising - acting. These three words describe how a sensory input can lead to a targeted movement. However, very little is known about how and where the brain converts external inputs into behavioural ...
Cam captures penguin hatching at Pittsburgh aviary
A webcam captured images of the first of two African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
A beetle named Marco Polo
A team of Chinese and Italian scientists has joined efforts to provide a key to the understudied phaleratus group of blister beetles. During their research the scientists have also discovered a new species ...
Wolves discriminate quantities better than dogs
Being able to mentally consider quantities makes sense for any social species. This skill is important during the search for food, for example, or to determine whether an opponent group outnumbers one's own. ...
Thinking outside the box
Natural habitats are changing at ever-faster rates. Can wildlife cope? And what can humans learn from their responses? A range of research projects at Glasgow examining wildlife in country and city environments ...