Animals

  • Turtle ant soldiers use their heads

    They're big enough to act as protective doors.

    Turtle ant soldiers (Cephalotes) are tree-dwelling insects with strangely oversized heads, which they use to block th...

    Animals March 13, 2020
  • Mongoose sheds insight on spread of disease

    The research has implications for human behaviour.

    By watching banded mongoose populations across a range of different environments in Botswana, Africa, researchers hav...

    Animals March 13, 2020
  • House that feline

    Pet cats are just as destructive as feral ones.

    As if Australians need someone to remind them of the danger to wildlife of Felis catus – the domestic cat. CSIRO P...

    Animals March 13, 2020
  • Animals can alter fires in unexpected ways

    They can be a useful tool in fire reduction if used properly.

    Animals eating plants might appear to be an obvious way to suppress fires, with the likes of goats, deer and cows alr...

    Animals March 9, 2020
  • A new way to spy on wildlife

    New technology could improve conservation efforts.

    This image of a mountain monkey was captured by a combination of standard camera trapping and new “arboreal camera tr...

    Animals March 9, 2020
  • The many fears of pet dogs

    Anxiety is prevalent across different breeds.

    If you think your pet’s personal problems are down to your dog’s breed, then new Finnish research has a bone to pick ...

    Animals March 5, 2020
  • Pesticides impair baby bee brain development

    Adult bees bring contaminated food back to the colony.

    Pesticides have proven to be toxic to adult bees, contributing to mass declines amongst bee species across the world....

    Animals March 4, 2020
  • Glowing frogs and salamanders

    Biofluorescence is more prevalent than previously thought.

    Sharks do it, fish do it, even scorpions and spiders do it. Now, researchers have revealed more of nature’s secret li...

    Animals March 2, 2020
  • Deaf moths versus predator bats

    Scales help negate ultrasonic calls, researchers find.

    Some species of deaf moths have evolved a clever defensive strategy to reduce the risk of being eaten by bats, a Brit...

    Animals February 27, 2020
  • The unique world of the Himalayan wolf

    It’s well adapted to its environment but still at risk.

    The Himalayan wolf has been little understood, despite being a top carnivore in the Asian high-altitudes. Both scien...

    Animals February 23, 2020
  • Bees are smarter than we thought

    Performing complex transfers of information between senses.

    Bees have a lot going on in their teeny brains; with less than a million neurons compared to the 86 billion that huma...

    Animals February 20, 2020
  • Tadpole hatchlings suck bubbles to breathe

    High-speed camera catches them in the act.

    Although they have gills, most tadpoles need to breathe fresh air to survive and develop by breaching the surface of ...

    Animals February 19, 2020
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