NatureWatch: New ideas on strength, speed, size
Spiders, fish, sharks and Australia's iconic ‘tiger’.
Not all in nature is at it seems or, at least, as we might have thought. Four new studies have interesting findings o...
Do all animals socially isolate to avoid disease?
It depends on the circumstances and the cost-benefit analysis.
A review exploring how different animals, from bats and lobsters to frogs, gorillas and bees, deal with the planet’s ...
Primate larynx something to talk about
It’s bigger than in other mammals, and evolving quickly.
The larynx is significantly larger relative to body size in primates than in other mammals and also has greater varia...
Genomic secrets of a rare reptile
Researchers find tuatara’s place on the tree of life.
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile found only in New Zealand whose ancestors roamed...
Dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus
International effort showing positive results.
By Susan Hazel and Anne-Lise Chaber, University of Adelaide What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, t...
Grooming and the social lives of cows
Study highlights link to mood and behaviour.
Cows, it seems, are more complex creatures than we thought. Earlier this year, Cosmos reported on the mood swings ...
Dingo size linked to culling campaigns
Study suggests significant growth in baiting areas.
Culling dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) – Australia’s native canines – through baiting has been common for decades, and i...
Pandas doing well, but predators at risk
Single-species conservation not enough, study finds.
The panda is one of the world's conservation success stories, and dedicated efforts to protect it also have benefited...
Insect disguises and pygmy-possum ID
Investigate mimicry or go on a virtual expedition.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about Citizen Science in Australia. This week, with winter and cor...
American monarchs in Mexico
In peak season it can get pretty crowded.
This is what it looks like when millions of Americans head south for the winter. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippu...
We’re happy with our gang
Gorilla relationships are limited in large groups.
Mountain gorillas – like humans – sometimes find crowds exhausting, it seems. A new study shows that when living i...
These new species are things to Marvel at
CSIRO turns to heroes in this year’s list.
CSIRO has released its annual list of newly named species and this time it’s paying homage to the good guys. After...