Animals

  • NatureWrap: Remora on a whale of a ride

    Tales of transport, food and friendship.

    Remora are famous for hitching a ride on the bodies of sharks and whales, using the suction in their front dorsal fin...

    Animals October 31, 2020
  • Where humans go, dogs follow

    Genome sequencing reveals our shared history.

    “Man’s best friend” is the phrase most often wheeled out to describe dogs’ thousands of years as a human companion an...

    Animals October 30, 2020
  • Taste by touch is all in the suckers

    Researchers explore how octopus sensors work.

    An octopus can “taste by touch” thanks to the suction-cup-like suckers along each of its eight tentacles. But how ...

    Animals October 30, 2020
  • Vampire bats choose to social distance

    When sick they keep more to themselves, study shows.

    Vampire bats, it seems, embrace what you could think of as social distancing. A new study published in the journal...

    Animals October 29, 2020
  • How leaf cutter ants domesticated crops

    Could human farmers learn from them?

    Over tens of millions of years, fungus-farming ants have learned how to cultivate their crops to ensure a stable food...

    Animals October 28, 2020
  • Can cat genes explain their nine lives?

    Maybe not, but they can help unravel genomic mutations.

    Move over human genomic medicine – scientists are now getting closer to gene therapy for felines, thanks to an Abyssi...

    Animals October 24, 2020
  • Ageing chimps value old friends

    It’s a human trait we didn’t know they had.

    As humans age they tend to favour small groups of old friends, where interactions are positive and stress-free. It...

    Animals October 23, 2020
  • Diabolical design is a puzzle

    Scientists discover secret of a near-indestructible beetle.

    It’s not uncommon for scientists to take cues from nature when it comes to self-protection. In recent months, Cosmos ...

    Animals October 22, 2020
  • Exploring the strength of ants and silk

    Two hi-tech studies get right inside their subjects.

    Scientists have discovered two new examples of how strength is a virtue in the world of insects and arachnids. One...

    Animals October 21, 2020
  • Bridging gaps in rare gibbon’s habitat

    Researchers and primates know the ropes.

    The Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) is the rarest primate on Earth, with no more than 30 individuals thought to rem...

    Animals October 17, 2020
  • Honeybee ID is a gut feeling

    They recognise each other thanks to similar microbiomes.

    Bee sisters are genetically closer than human sisters, so it’s easy to assume this is why they recognise each other. ...

    Animals October 16, 2020
  • How tardigrades survive in India

    Study suggests they have a fluorescent UV shield.

    Tardigrades have always been known for their toughness, but now it seems they might be able to share a superpower. ...

    Animals October 15, 2020
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