Seabirds excrete 690 million kg of poo yearly
Birds make significant but overlooked contributions.
So, here’s a question for your next trivia quiz night: What is the weight of the nitrogen content of total global sea...
Crows use hooked tools
Research finds crows make hooks to gain more food in less time.
The manufacture and use of tools has long been touted as a line of demarcation between humans and non-human animals: ...
Birds yearn for the bright lights of cities
Data reveals migratory flocks head for inner urban roosts.
For many species of migratory birds, it seems that the lure of bright lights and big cities might be too difficult to...
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...
Hawaiian exotics show genetic drift
Invasive species lends understanding to evolutionary process.
An invasive bird population in Hawaii provides a window into genetic drift – evolutionary changes typically seen over...
Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef
Gobal warming has an impact on male turtles.
A green sea turtle from the northern Great Barrier Reef. Camryn Allen/NOAA Fisheries The north of the Great Barrier ...
Females fall for robot fiddlers
Biologists use robotic crabs to test whether its real love.
Female fiddler crabs have a thing for males who fiddle fast – or possibly just fancy a fling with a crustacean robot,...
Mantis shrimp hits like a heavyweight
Research discovers why a shrimp doesn’t destroy itself.
In the world of boxing, the former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been touted as the hardest hitter; and amateur...
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 ...
Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey
The first recorded instance of fire being used by animals.
Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even de...
How flowering plants conquered the world
Researchers suggest a solution to Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.
The Jurassic era was dominated by dinosaurs, conifers and ferns. But around 140 million years ago, at the start of th...