Animals

  • Should we keep native Australian animals as pets?

    If we turn Australian mammals into pets on a large scale, will it help or hinder their survival i...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 23 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly....

    Animals July 30, 2021
  • Bees benefit from coffee buzz

    Even the foraging abilities of bumble bees are better focused with a caffeine charge.

    Most of us are familiar with that morning coffee buzz caffeine-hit– and need it to get started on our working day. Bu...

    Animals July 29, 2021
  • Even koalas need a virus PCR test

    A new PCR test offers hope for threatened koalas.

    As if they weren’t struggling enough from predators and loss of habitat, koalas also suffer from a virus unique to th...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Baboons wearing Fitbits reveal community secrets

    Even boss baboons adjust their pace to fit in with their troop, new study finds.

    You may know the Fitbits as handy little doo-dads strapped onto wrists that help people chart their fitness, but now ...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Video

    Seeing science differently

    Cosmos speaks to David Attenborough producer and Multi-award winner Dr Chadden Hunter.

    Cosmos spoke to Dr Chadden Hunter, who has worked with David Attenborough to direct Seven Worlds One Planet, winner o...

    Animals July 27, 2021
  • For softshell turtles, you’re male until you're female

    The strange world of the reptile gender reveal.

    Softshell turtle embryos start as males, but with the right temperature and proteins can become female before they ha...

    Animals July 26, 2021
  • Conservation or captive: the complex debate about keeping native animals as pets

    You can keep a sugar glider as a pet in several parts of the world – you can even get one here if...

    Mike Archer has opened his home to possums, flying foxes, quolls and wallabies. But although he’s a renowned biologis...

    Animals July 23, 2021
  • Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

    Japanese rat snakes used to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

    You might be familiar with the concept of canaries in a coal mine, but have you heard of snakes in a radioactive zone...

    Animals July 22, 2021
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    Ugly bugs, farmbots, and friends to lovers – here’s what happened in science last week.

    Big cockroach evolution According to the evolutionary tree of Australian burrowing cockroaches, published in Syste...

    Animals July 19, 2021
  • Sorry canine lovers, dogs aren't always altruistic

    Giving dogs food doesn’t mean they will help you get some yourself

    If you give a dog food, it isn’t necessarily going to return the favour, according to a new study, published in PLOS ...

    Animals July 15, 2021
  • Sharing the menu: sharks take shifts

    Study finds sharks do ‘shift work’ in order to share their resources.

    Large coastal sharks engage in ‘shift work’ to share their resources, according to a new study from Murdoch Universit...

    Animals July 7, 2021
  • Snakes need to stretch, scientists say

    The minimum enclosure size for snakes in captivity should enable them to stretch out fully, say a...

    An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of Adelaide, has found overwhelming evi...

    Animals July 3, 2021
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