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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...