Lessons from ants and fungi for better transport
Managing traffic isn't just a human problem.
As more and more people move to cities, the experience of being stuck in impenetrable gridlock becomes an increasingl...
Bees understand the concept of zero
Honeybees are remarkably numerate, research shows.
Honey bees understand the numerical concept of zero, demonstrating a level of cognition not previously known to exist...
Human med offers hope to turtles with tumours
Genetic similarities suggest an improved treatment strategy.
Tumours in sea turtles may be able to be treated using cancer treatments available to humans. A study published in th...
An armoured ant, locked in biological warfare
Leafcutter ants don protection made of bacteria.
The white material on the underside of this South American leafcutter ant comprises bacteria called Pseudonocardia. T...
That thing your dog does …
It’s easy to misinterpret a dog's personality.
It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs...
Extra cameras boost fish number estimates
Some species of fish are terribly camera-shy, research reveals.
Fish and crustaceans converging on a baited camera trap. Whitmarsh et al Current camera-aided methods of assessing f...
Zombie fungus enslaves ants based on climate
Victims’ fate changes between tropical and temperate settings.
A fungus that turns ants into zombies has survived the global shift from tropical to temperate forests by subtly alte...
Great Barrier Reef died and relocated five times
Fossil study reveals reef moved to mitigate ocean, climate stress.
The Great Barrier Reef died five times during the last ice age, regenerating each time in a new position. A new stud...
Stick insects expand territory via bird poo
Study finds slow-moving adult insects rely on being eaten.
For most insects and their eggs, it’s “game over” when eaten by a predator such as a bird. Now, new research has reve...
Young mongooses learn from unrelated adults
Cultural inheritance edges out genetics for African mammal.
When it comes to mongooses, nurture is definitely more important than nature. A newly published study reveals that yo...
A bamboozled bumblebee
The colours of iridescence can confuse the humble bumblebee.
Iridescence is a form of structural colour which uses regular repeating nanostructures to reflect light at slightly d...
What can turtle poo tell us about reef health?
Turtles and dugongs play essential roles.
Just like birds and mammals carrying seeds through a rainforest, green sea turtles and dugong spread the seeds of sea...