Nature

  • Bushfires push native bees to the brink

    The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to quadruple after the devasta...

    The Black Summer bushfires may have been more devastating to Aussie bees than previously thought, new research indica...

    Animals October 1, 2021
  • Fat Bear Week is here and it's full of chunky Ursidae

    Vote on unbearably cute bears – and learn about how bears and salmon shape their ecosystem.

    On the northern Alaskan Peninsula, thousands of brown bears have busily spent the last few weeks gorging themselves o...

    Animals September 30, 2021
  • Kea can use touchscreens but think the virtual is real

    That’s one clever parrot: kea employ their tongues to operate touchscreens.

    Clever Kea (Nestor notabilis) can use touchscreens with their tongues and perceive the virtual world as real, accordi...

    Birds September 29, 2021
  • Let there be photosynthesis: three billion years of fresh air

    Cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis before the Great Oxygenation Event

    Long ago, the Earth was filled with unbreathable gases that prohibited the existence of life as we know. But a moment...

    Evolution September 29, 2021
  • The story of bird migration is written in poop

    The microbiome of bird changes depending on where it eats – even when it is half way round the wo...

    The story of bird migration is written in poop, according to a study published in Molecular Ecology. Bird poop is ...

    Birds September 28, 2021
  • Shadowy world of nocturnal moth pollinators

    Birds do it, bees do it, even moths in night-time breeze do it – pollinate plants, that is.

    Most flowering plants need animals to facilitate pollination and, globally, most studies have focused on daytime inse...

    Animals September 28, 2021
  • Are vampires real?

    Believe it or not, the abilities of vampires really do exist in the natural world. Read on for de...

    Seriously, do vampires exist? Are vampires real? When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale...

    Animals September 27, 2021
  • These sounds scare humans: Did they come from aliens?

    No, it’s just insect defence chemicals!

    What’s that sound? The aliens are coming! No, wait – it’s only insect defence signals. These eerie sounds are the ...

    Animals September 27, 2021
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    Blood sisters, BatDonalds and… sperm robots. Catch up on the science you missed this week.

    Fast food for bats Just like cheeseburgers, too many fast bananas makes for an unhappy meal for bats. Banana fl...

    Animals September 27, 2021
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    Geological deceit, Ancient fashion trends and gophers that glow – catch up on the science you mis...

    Fossilised baby elephant tracks Researchers found 14 fossilised footprints in southwestern Spain that may have bee...

    Animals September 20, 2021
  • Anxious cats just want real cuddles from their human

    Scent alone just isn’t enough for kitties with separation anxiety.

    Anxious cats aren’t comforted by the scent of their absent human alone.  It just reminds them that their human is gon...

    Animals September 18, 2021
  • Bring on the conservation champions!

    Aquariums and zoos collect the data – now let’s do the science on endangered species.

    My passion has always been in conservation. Before my PhD I worked at The National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua. It’s the...

    Animals September 17, 2021
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