• 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...

    Plants September 26, 2020
  • Conversation

    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...

    Plants September 25, 2020
  • 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...

    Marine life September 25, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 25, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 23, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 22, 2020
  • Citizen Science

    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...

    Citizen Science September 21, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 19, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 18, 2020
  • 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...

    Animals September 18, 2020
  • 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...

    Plants September 17, 2020
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