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