• Tree rings tell of water and climate change

    Scientists compile a global water-use efficiency database.

    By unlocking the secrets of tree rings, scientists have created a global database of trees’ water-use efficiency, whi...

    Plants April 29, 2020
  • Hurricane coming? Get bigger toepads

    Study suggests lizards evolve to hang on.

    Lizard groups that frequently experience hurricanes evolve larger toepads than those that don’t, according to a new s...

    Evolution April 29, 2020
  • Lionfish quite at home in the Mediterranean

    Invasive species has spread quickly.

    The rise and rise of the lionfish (Pterois miles) is a timely reminder that threats to the world’s marine environment...

    Marine life April 29, 2020
  • Plants grow brightly with mushrooms

    Scientists say DNA creates sustainable light.

    It’s feasible to create plants that produce sustainable luminescence that we can see, scientists suggest. Cred...

    Plants April 28, 2020
  • ‘Insect apocalypse’ not so clear-cut

    Mega-study shows declines are highly variable.

    Love them or hate them, recent reports of an “insect apocalypse” sounded alarm bells around the world as conservation...

    Animals April 27, 2020
  • How birds evolved big brains

    They once compared well with dinosaurs.

    Birds and non-avian dinosaurs had similar relative brain sizes prior to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretace...

    Birds April 24, 2020
  • When lizards change cologne

    Chemical signals shift when they shift.

    Lizards develop new chemical signals for communicating when moved to a new environment, research suggests.  And th...

    Animals April 22, 2020
  • Focus

    Cocaine hippos and Kimberley donkeys

    Introduced species turn the clock back on a history of extinctions.

    The giant wombat may no longer roam the wilds of Australia, but wild donkeys certainly do. And in South America, gian...

    Animals April 21, 2020
  • Worms programmed to die early

    It appears to be all for the sake of the colony.

    Here’s one for the evolutionary theorists. British researchers say they have found worms that are genetically pred...

    Evolution April 20, 2020
  • A medieval mystery solved

    Scientists now understand things old and blue.

    This is the fruit of the medicinal herb Chrozophora tinctorial and a lot of effort has been made to understand its ma...

    Plants April 20, 2020
  • How to attract girls, if you’re a lemur

    A fruity-smelling perfume seems to do the trick.

    Male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) appear to make themselves more attractive to females by secreting a fruity and ...

    Animals April 17, 2020
  • The social lives of flamingos

    It’s a complex world of groups and besties.

    You could probably base a reality TV series on the lives of flamingos, such is the complexity of their social lives. ...

    Birds April 16, 2020
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