Nature

  • Ultra black bird

    This bird’s feathers remain black even when coated in gold.

    This black feather from a Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) still appears ultra black even when coated with go...

    Birds January 10, 2018
  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    It looks stunning, but it can actually be bad.

    It literally gets up the nose of millions of hay fever sufferers, making pollen a distinctly unpopular member of the ...

    Plants December 10, 2017
  • 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
  • Barnacles to save endangered turtles

    Barnacles may improve knowledge about their hosts.

    Charles Darwin, famously, had a scientific passion for barnacles, but there is nothing in his research to suggest he ...

    Nature November 26, 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
  • Four organisms living in extreme conditions

    What could they teach us?

    It doesn’t seem to matter how inhospitable an environment, there is an organism adapted to live there. Scientists ha...

    Biology June 5, 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
  • What is de-extinction and how do you do it?

    How is it possible, and is it a good idea?

    In February of this year, scientists from Harvard University in the US announced their plans to create a live woolly ...

    Nature March 7, 2017
  • Baleen whales had a deep voice first

    Ancient whale ear anatomy reveals striking resemblance.

    Baleen whales – such as blue and humpback whales – produce and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any animal. Now ne...

    Marine life February 8, 2017
  • Bland tomatoes don't have tasty genes

    Store-bought tomatoes aren’t as tasty as they once were.

    It’s no secret that heirloom tomatoes taste superior to their supermarket equivalents. Now research shows certain gen...

    Plants January 26, 2017
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