Animals

  • Lovely but lethal millipede discovered

    Species is multi-coloured and uniformly poisonous.

    The combination of beauty and danger is beloved in the arts because it is frequently seen in nature, in creatures suc...

    Animals January 29, 2018
  • Buzz off! Elephants give bees a wide berth

    Beehives may resolve conflict between elephants and farmers.

    Despite the well-known cartoon image of an elephant being terrified by a mouse, there is no formal evidence of these ...

    Animals January 25, 2018
  • Scientists successfully clone monkeys

    Macaques may be the first of genetically identical primates.

    Chinese scientists have announced the successful creation of two cloned monkeys, representing a major advance in clon...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Meet a fly named after Schwarzenegger

    Amazon insect is contender for world’s smallest fly.

    Fiji is home to the endangered Ba humbugi snail, and in Borneo is found the type of mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsi...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Friends with drawbacks: social marmots die early

    The idea community living leads to long lives doesn’t always hold.

    There are many studies showing that in humans a good social life correlates positively with longevity. Social interac...

    Animals January 17, 2018
  • For straight line motion, snakes first relax

    US research confirms a 70-year-old idea.

    Snakes are well known for their sinuous, side-winding movements, but they can also move in a straight line, like a tr...

    Animals January 15, 2018
  • Ants kill the sick to save the rest

    Research finds ants practice “destructive disinfection”.

    Ants practice infanticide to protect the health of the colony. The invasive garden ant (Lasius neglectus) takes the ...

    Animals January 14, 2018
  • Scientists discover seven new spider species

    The giant Orc-eating spider from Lord of the Rings is also real.

    A team of Brazilian researchers has simultaneously revealed seven newly discovered species of spiders and a somewhat ...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • Unweaving the peacock spider’s rainbows

    Peacock spiders use sophisticated optical nanostructures.

    Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their f...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • It’s official: dogs are smarter than cats

    Counting brain cells reveals that cats are a bit dim.

    Bad news for lovers of cats. Your pet is not haughty, enigmatic and given to philosophical pondering. Your pet is jus...

    Animals December 3, 2017
  • Lemurs are what they eat

    Poor quality fruit drives Madagascan diets.

    Lemurs eat a lot of leaves because fruit on Madagascar isn’t nutritious enough to sustain them, according to new rese...

    Animals November 1, 2017
  • The beauty of ecology

    Stunning images celebrating both scientific and photographic skills.

    At first glance this photograph of Heron Reef, in the southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, looks somewhat ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
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