Animals

  • Leg genes give spiders segmented heads

    Arachnids have genes that do double-duty top and bottom.

    The segmented heads of spiders and scorpions arise from the actions of a gene that in other arthropod species is resp...

    Animals March 27, 2018
  • The parental urges of the burying beetle

    Male and female burying beetles are committed parents.

    Aside from social creatures such as ants and bees, burying beetles are some of the most devoted parents among insects...

    Animals March 25, 2018
  • Resilience is in the genes for cockroach

    First full genome of common pest reveals multiple strengths.

    Scientists are one step closer to understanding the remarkable resilience of the American cockroach after successfull...

    Animals March 20, 2018
  • Posh pong for top termites

    Identification pheromone found in termites for the first time.

    Who sees the queen in the empire of the blind? That’s a very pertinent question for entomologists who study termites ...

    Animals March 19, 2018
  • Rare venomous mammal reveals genetic secrets

    Caribbean curiosity split from others during Cretaceous period.

    Scientists compiling the genome of a rare venomous mammal have been assisted in their quest by the fact that it is ex...

    Animals March 18, 2018
  • Endangered animals you should know

    Five little-known Australian species on the verge of extinction

    Beyond the well-known koalas and kangaroos, Australian wildlife is incredibly diverse . The kookaburra with its unmis...

    Nature March 12, 2018
  • Colonising spiders evolve the same three forms

    It limited tricks and performs them repeatedly.

    A central truth of evolution is that it is a contingent process – one in which chance plays a decisive role. This mea...

    Animals March 11, 2018
  • Your phone buzzing won't stop mosquitoes

    Tuning into their musical whines could help design new traps.

    Forget a peaceful night’s sleep. The whine of a lone mosquito circling your bedroom can be incredibly frustrating. Th...

    Animals March 11, 2018
  • Leopards may help lower stray dog bites

    Research says the could reduce stray dog numbers.

    A fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Pa...

    Animals March 9, 2018
  • Watching the bat detectives

    Citizen scientists help identify bat calls in noisy environments.

    Bats are everywhere – almost – and have been found to be particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change, so ...

    Animals March 8, 2018
  • Ants transfer microbe by faecal transplant

    Foraging ants rely on symbiont microbiome for food digestion.

    In a behaviour that finds a broad comparison with human tradition, a genus known as turtle ants, or cephalotes, pass ...

    Animals March 6, 2018
  • Social amoebae reach for the sky

    In tough times, some can sacrifice themselves.

    Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae are normally independent creatures, but hunger makes them social. Starvation can tri...

    Animals March 6, 2018
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