NatureWatch: Tales of growth and survival
Big sharks, big eaters, big lizards and a new butterfly.
To get big, grow slow A decade-long study of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) has determined that the biggest fish i...
Flight of the sniffer bees
Honeybee scent training could make pollination more effective.
Honeybees continue to cause quite a buzz with their smarts. Previous studies have found that not only can they unders...
New clues to the origin of domestic horses
Ancient DNA suggests it didn’t happen in Anatolia.
Domestic horses likely did not originate in Anatolia as previously suspected, according to a new study of ancient rem...
The stinging tree’s ouch
A ferociously painful venom has been decoded.
Australia is out to get you. If it’s not the snakes, it’s the spiders. If it’s not the spiders, it’s the sharks. If i...
Variable habitat linked to diverse chimp skills
Environmental flux drives innovation, study suggests.
Chimpanzees living in habitats with greater environmental variability are more likely to have a wide-ranging set of b...
A new genetic tool to help classify coral
To conserve our reefs you first have to understand them.
By Tom Bridge, Andrew Baird and Peter Cowman (James Cook University) and Andrea Quattrini (Smithsonian Institution) ...
Keeping track of moving marine life
Let Redmap know if you see something out of place.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week, we talk to Gretta P...
Predators, prey and moonlight singing
How phases of the Moon affect native wildlife.
By Euan Ritchie (Deakin University), Courtney Marneweck (Clemson University) and Grant Linley (Charles Sturt Universi...
Why mozzies prefer some people to others
Science is working on an irritating issue.
If you’re one of those unlucky people who get mauled by mosquitoes, it might be somewhat reassuring to know that scie...
Fast-growing trees die younger
Analysis suggests this could affect carbon storage predictions.
Higher temperatures and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels resulting from climate change are thought t...
NatureWatch: Tales of scents and movement
Smart moths, fast dogs and mesmerising snails.
Restoring chemical communication Scientists have studied the impact of high ozone air pollution on the chemical co...
New thoughts on how sharks evolved
Mongolian fossil has a surprisingly bony skull.
This 410-million-year-old fossil with a bony skull uncovered in Mongolia may force a rethink of how sharks evolved. ...