Animals

  • Unweaving the peacock spider’s rainbows

    Peacock spiders use sophisticated optical nanostructures.

    Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their f...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • It’s official: dogs are smarter than cats

    Counting brain cells reveals that cats are a bit dim.

    Bad news for cat lovers. Your pet is not haughty, enigmatic and given to philosophical pondering. Your pet is just du...

    Animals December 3, 2017
  • Lemurs are what they eat

    Poor quality fruit drives Madagascan diets.

    Lemurs eat a lot of leaves because fruit on Madagascar isn’t nutritious enough to sustain them, according to new rese...

    Animals November 1, 2017
  • The beauty of ecology

    Stunning images celebrating both scientific and photographic skills.

    At first glance this photograph of Heron Reef, in the southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, looks somewhat ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
  • A two-headed snake

    Two-headed snakes are rare, but they do exist.

    Are two heads better than one? This snake with two heads (or it is two snakes with one body?) might have an opinion. ...

    Animals July 24, 2017
  • Scientists collar marauding baboons

    Population pressure is exacerbating human-wildlife conflict.

    For residents in some parts of Cape Town urban violence is a real and worsening trend. The threat, however, comes not...

    Animals March 27, 2017
  • English bulldogs' shallow gene pool problems

    Distinctive physical features are accompanied by health problems.

    English bulldogs are among the world’s favourite dogs, but centuries of inbreeding has cursed the pooches with poor h...

    Animals July 29, 2016
  • Why do cats have slit-shaped eyes?

    Pupil shape reveals prey or predator in animals.

    Ever wondered why cat eyes have vertical slit-shaped pupils, while sheep have horizontal bars? A recent study suggest...

    Animals September 21, 2015
  • The key gene that allows bees to collect pollen

    Just how do they do it?

    Scientists at Michigan State University have identified an important gene in the underlying genetic mechanism that en...

    Nature December 3, 2014
  • Outfoxing a cunning killer

    Scientists credit improvements in control methods

    Australian scientists are within sight of eradicating the red fox from Phillip Island, south-east of Melbourne, where...

    Animals August 28, 2014
  • Sex and the single cannibal

    The males of some species have it tough when it comes to love.

    This is a story about love gone horribly wrong. It’s a story where the girl always gets her man. We are talking abou...

    Animals July 14, 2014
  • Symbiosis: when living together is win-win

    Long-term interactions between two biological organisms.

    There are many cases in nature where species team up to help each other, a behaviour known as symbiosis. Resources or...

    Animals April 16, 2014
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