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...
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...
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...
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...
‘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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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. ...