'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist
In a remarkable piece of detective work, a team of 'retired' CSIRO scientists have revealed the group of artists responsible for the iconic scribbles found on smooth-barked Eucalyptus trees in southeastern ...
Timely change for tweeters' tune: Study looks at what makes flycatchers change their song length
Do birds change their tune in response to urban noise? It depends on the bird species, according to Dr. Alejandro Ariel Ríos-Chelén from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and colleagues. Their work shows that ...
Global warming: Changing interactions between species may be more dangerous than high temperatures alone
(Phys.org)—Climate change causes extinctions not only as a result of species intolerance to high temperature, but more commonly via a variety of related factors that alter a species' interactions with other ...
Drivers of marine biodiversity: Tiny, freeloading clams find the key to evolutionary success
What mechanisms control the generation and maintenance of biological diversity on the planet? It's a central question in evolutionary biology. For land-dwelling organisms such as insects and the flowers they ...
Predatory beetles eavesdrop on ants' chemical conversations to find best egg-laying sites
(Phys.org) -- Predatory beetles can detect the unique alarm signal released by ants that are under attack by parasitic flies, and the beetles use those overheard conversations to guide their search for safe ...
Top predators key to extinctions as planet warms
Global warming may cause more extinctions than predicted if scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models, Yale and UConn researchers argue in Science.
A classic model for ecological stability revised, 40 years later
A famous mathematical formula which shook the world of ecology 40 years ago has been revisited and refined by two University of Chicago researchers in the current issue of Nature.
Long sexual duration could be period of male choice
(PhysOrg.com) -- The duration of sexual intercourse differs wildly across the animal kingdom. Now researchers seeking to understand the evolutionary significance of lengthy copulation duration have found evidence ...
Genome-scale network of rice genes to speed the development of biofuel crops
The first genome-scale model for predicting the functions of genes and gene networks in a grass species has been developed by an international team of researches that includes scientists with the U.S. Department ...
Cutting edge training developed the human brain 80,000 years ago
Advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving.
Oceans in distress foreshadow mass extinction
Pollution and global warming are pushing the world's oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unseen for tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists warned Monday.
Vultures use face flushing technique for instant status updates
Tech savvy humans who use social media sites to instantly update their 'statuses', may be behaving like vultures who use 'face flushing' as a visible way of instantly updating their own status when interacting ...
Research shows that animals need time to survive
To understand how climate change may affect species survival, we need to understand how climate influences their time-keeping.
Competition may have led to new dinosaur species in Grande Prairie area
(PhysOrg.com) -- The discovery of a gruesome feeding frenzy that played out 73 million years ago in northwestern Alberta may also lead to the discovery of new dinosaur species in northwestern Alberta.