Animals

  • How high the moo

    DNA research finds the genes that influence cattle size.

    DNA extracted from a 6500-year-old ox bone has helped an international team of scientists identify the genes that det...

    Animals February 19, 2018
  • Faced with extinction, the devils fight back

    Research finds clues Tasmanian devils are adapting to cancer.

    In a very welcome piece of good news about Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), new University of Tasmania resear...

    Animals February 18, 2018
  • Lemurs recognise their kin in photos

    Wild lemurs can tell their own species from another.

    Red-fronted lemurs can recognise their own species in photographs. Many species of lemur have distinctively patterne...

    Animals February 13, 2018
  • This is why you won’t be able to swat that fly

    Flies are much maligned and goddamned hard to hit.

    Summer in Australia is defined by sport, but the most-played sport isn’t cricket or tennis – it’s fly swatting. Have ...

    Animals February 7, 2018
  • Hairy caterpillars cause horse abortions

    Research moves to reduce insect burden on the racing industry.

    Now here’s something we’ll bet you never knew: in Australia about one-third of spontaneous abortions in thoroughbred ...

    Animals February 2, 2018
  • Lovely but lethal millipede discovered

    Species is multi-coloured and uniformly poisonous.

    The combination of beauty and danger is beloved in the arts because it is frequently seen in nature, in creatures suc...

    Animals January 29, 2018
  • Buzz off! Elephants give bees a wide berth

    Beehives may resolve conflict between elephants and farmers.

    Despite the well-known cartoon image of an elephant being terrified by a mouse, there is no formal evidence of these ...

    Animals January 25, 2018
  • Scientists successfully clone monkeys

    Macaques may be the first of genetically identical primates.

    Chinese scientists have announced the successful creation of two cloned monkeys, representing a major advance in clon...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Meet a fly named after Schwarzenegger

    Amazon insect is contender for world’s smallest fly.

    Fiji is home to the endangered Ba humbugi snail, and in Borneo is found the type of mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsi...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Friends with drawbacks: social marmots die early

    The idea community living leads to long lives doesn’t always hold.

    There are many studies showing that in humans a good social life correlates positively with longevity. Social interac...

    Animals January 17, 2018
  • For straight line motion, snakes first relax

    US research confirms a 70-year-old idea.

    Snakes are well known for their sinuous, side-winding movements, but they can also move in a straight line, like a tr...

    Animals January 15, 2018
  • Ants kill the sick to save the rest

    Research finds ants practice “destructive disinfection”.

    Ants practice infanticide to protect the health of the colony. The invasive garden ant (Lasius neglectus) takes the ...

    Animals January 14, 2018
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