Animals

  • The staggering cost of biological invasion

    New study reveals that invasive species have cost US$1.28 trillion globally over the past 50 years.

    Invasive species have cost the planet US$1.28 trillion over the past 50 years, according to a new analysis published ...

    Animals April 1, 2021
  • How to avoid a shark attack

    The right deterrent could save hundreds of lives – and sharks.

    Good news for ocean enthusiasts – if beachgoers wear personal electronic deterrents that can reduce the probability o...

    Technology March 31, 2021
  • How animals grow teeth, claws, and other pointy parts

    Scientists reveal a new, simple law of nature.

    Have you ever wondered how pointed shapes are made in nature, like animal teeth and horns? Australian scientists have...

    Animals March 30, 2021
  • Research

    Dingoes are not “wild dogs”

    DNA analysis finds little interbreeding with domestic canines.

    A new study has found that most Australian dingoes have pure dingo ancestry, certifying their importance as native ap...

    Animals March 25, 2021
  • Stolen plant gene shields insect from plant toxins

    Whiteflies took the gene from plants 35 million years ago.

    Usually, new genes arise in animals because of mutations, but occasionally they are ‘stolen’ from another organism. ...

    Animals March 25, 2021
  • Where to find butterflies in the desert

    Genetic analysis reveals surprising biodiversity hotspots.

    The desert could be a hotspot for species of butterflies, according to a study published in the journal iScience. The...

    Animals March 24, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtPMDSVopR4 Bonobo adoptees It’s always nice to see animal altruism. A paper p...

    Animals March 22, 2021
  • Video

    Bee behaviour: what do bees do at home?

    Cannibalism, according to close-up videos that show bee behaviour.

    What goes on in the beehive? These videos, published in the journal PLOS ONE by Paul Siefert from Goethe-Universität,...

    Animals March 18, 2021
  • Birdsong baffles babies

    Researchers find that baby brains are bolstered by lemur and human voices – but not by birdsong.

    The blue-eyed black lemur (Elemur flavirons) may be a close genetic cousin of ours, but these small, lanky tree-dwell...

    Animals March 12, 2021
  • Deceptive smells

    Mammal predators can be tricked into leaving vulnerable NZ birds alone.

    It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it se...

    Animals March 11, 2021
  • Origin of the world’s largest lizard

    More evidence that Komodo dragons came from Australia.

    Unravelling the origins of the Earth’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, scientists have found that its ances...

    Animals March 3, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Sharks aren’t so scary Sharks have a very frightening role in our cultural history, but Australians don’t find the...

    Physics March 1, 2021
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