NatureWatch: When the living isn’t easy
Battling extremes in the Americas and the Arctic.
Scientists continue to discover how the plants and animals around us are struggling to survive in some pretty hostile...
New genus of daisies found by accident
Routine analysis leads to an unexpected result.
By Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn and Ben Gooden, CSIRO When it comes to new botanical discoveries, one might imagine it...
Dives of distinction
Cuvier’s beaked whales continue to surprise.
Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) are continuing to prove why they’re considered the superstars of the div...
The rat pack gets the job done
They work well together, even when communication is limited.
Rats work well in teams, it seems. A new study suggests rodent groups outperform individuals in searching for a targe...
Are playful dogs easier to train?
Research suggests working breeds could be the most fun.
Playfulness is serious business. Scientists have gone to great lengths to solve the mystery of why animals play, with...
Why boys should be friends with girls
Baboon study suggests it increases chance of a long life.
Close friendships can increase the odds of living a long life – not just in humans but also in animals including hors...
Funnel-webs don’t mean to hurt us
Impact of venom an ‘unfortunate evolutionary coincidence’.
Australia’s funnel-web spiders are deadly to humans – particularly the males from the species Atrax robustus that cal...
Finding the powerful owl
Australia’s largest owl is an accomplished hiding expert.
The powerful owl (Ninox strenua) is Australia’s largest owl. With big yellow eyes and an impressive wingspan of up to...
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...