The role of plants in a warmer, drier world
Water cycling calculations show old models were off.
Scientists have highlighted an important missing piece in climate models by unravelling the role of plants in the Ear...
When naughty fish get the food
Disorder in the shoal may reap rewards for some.
An element of unruly adventure helps some fish in the quest for a feed, new research suggests, which may explain why ...
Sea snakes have to change to keep seeing
They’ve been evolving for 15 million years, study shows.
Sea snakes have been evolving ever since they entered the marine environment 15 million years ago to survive in chang...
How invasive species wreak climatic havoc
They turnover more carbon by making new friends.
When non-native plants invade an ecosystem, their interactions with new insects and microorganisms accelerate carbon ...
Marine migrations and ecosystem disruption
Warming waters penetrate the ocean’s depths.
Our warming planet is dislocating all manner of species as they travel poleward in search of cooler temperatures, and...
What shapes genetic diversity in mammals?
Global map points to evolution and climate.
On the heels of the International Day for Biological Diversity, scientists have compiled the first comprehensive map ...
Viper uses zig and zag to bamboozle predators
One pattern has three uses, research finds.
The European viper (genus Vipera) is designed to deceive, it seems. New research from Finland suggests that the ch...
When bleaching means colour
It’s a sign coral is fighting back, researchers suggest.
Why do some corals exhibit dazzling colours rather than actually turning white when they suffer what we refer to as c...
The complex choices of animals
3D technology meets behavioural research.
How do animals make decisions, such as where to live? This is an important choice with implications for key life matt...
Just how well do bees count?
Quantity discrimination can be a vital skill.
If you were a honeybee, how would you choose where to find flowers? Imagine your first flight out of the hive searchi...
Fancy VR fact-finds fly flight
Researchers create a world to study their navigation.
There it is again. Zzzzzzzz. That pesky fly. It’s the only one in the room and it will not settle long enough for suc...
Destructive starfish is delicious to some
Research reveals potential for fish to save the reef.
Crown-of-thorns starfish, the scourge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, may have more natural predators than we thou...