Barnacles to save endangered turtles
Chemical variants inside barnacles could greatly improve knowledge about their hosts.
Charles Darwin, famously, had a scientific passion for barnacles, but there is nothing in his research to suggest he ...
Lemurs are what they eat
Poor quality fruit drives Madagascan diets.
Lemurs eat a lot of leaves because fruit on Madagascar isn’t nutritious enough to sustain them, according to new rese...
The beauty of ecology
Stunning images celebrating both scientific and photographic skills.
At first glance this photograph of Heron Reef, in the southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, looks somewhat ...
A two-headed snake
Two-headed snakes are rare, but they do exist.
Are two heads better than one? This snake with two heads (or it is two snakes with one body?) might have an opinion. ...
Four organisms living in extreme conditions
What could they teach us?
It doesn’t seem to matter how inhospitable an environment, there is an organism adapted to live there. Scientists ha...
What is de-extinction and how do you do it?
How is it possible, and is it a good idea?
In February of this year, scientists from Harvard University in the US announced their plans to create a live woolly ...
Baleen whales had a deep voice first
Ancient whale ear anatomy reveals striking resemblance.
Baleen whales – such as blue and humpback whales – produce and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any animal. Now ne...
Bland tomatoes don't have tasty genes
Store-bought tomatoes aren’t the flavour experience they once were.
It’s no secret that heirloom tomatoes taste superior to their supermarket equivalents. Now research shows certain gen...
Do goldfish really grow to the size of their tank?
The size of their watery home is only part of the story.
A common theory about fish is that their size is somehow based on the volume of water they inhabit, and to a new owne...
English bulldogs' shallow gene pool problems
Distinctive physical features are accompanied by a raft of health problem.
English bulldogs are among the world’s favourite dogs, but centuries of inbreeding has cursed the pooches with poor h...
Why are crows so smart?
In fact as smart as a seven-year-old human.
They can recognise faces, use tools – even drop nuts on a road for cars to crack (then pick them up with the safety o...
Sex and the single cannibal
The males of some species have it tough when it comes to love.
This is a story about love gone horribly wrong. It’s a story where the girl always gets her man. We are talking abou...