Nature

  • Seeing stars

    This sea creature detects light with cells all over its body.

    The brittle star Ophiocoma wendtii, shown above, is a relative of sea stars and sea urchins that lives among the brig...

    Marine life January 25, 2018
  • Scientists successfully clone monkeys

    Macaques may be the first of genetically identical primates.

    Chinese scientists have announced the successful creation of two cloned monkeys, representing a major advance in clon...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Meet a fly named after Schwarzenegger

    Amazon insect is contender for world’s smallest fly.

    Fiji is home to the endangered Ba humbugi snail, and in Borneo is found the type of mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsi...

    Animals January 24, 2018
  • Warmer temperatures cause birds to shrink

    Maximum temperatures a big influence on body size.

    The common house sparrow (Passer domesticus) hopping about your feet at a cafe or train station may provide clues int...

    Birds January 24, 2018
  • Population of “world’s rarest fish” discovered

    As few as 20 new specimens gives hope to marine researchers.

    An undersea area just the area of two tennis courts holds a newly discovered population of what is thought to be the ...

    Marine life January 23, 2018
  • Seabirds excrete 690 million kg of poo yearly

    Birds make significant but overlooked contributions.

    So, here’s a question for your next trivia quiz night: What is the weight of the nitrogen content of total global sea...

    Birds January 23, 2018
  • Crows use hooked tools

    Research finds crows make hooks to gain more food in less time.

    The manufacture and use of tools has long been touted as a line of demarcation between humans and non-human animals: ...

    Birds January 22, 2018
  • Birds yearn for the bright lights of cities

    Data reveals migratory flocks head for inner urban roosts.

    For many species of migratory birds, it seems that the lure of bright lights and big cities might be too difficult to...

    Birds January 22, 2018
  • Friends with drawbacks: social marmots die early

    The idea community living leads to long lives doesn’t always hold.

    There are many studies showing that in humans a good social life correlates positively with longevity. Social interac...

    Animals January 17, 2018
  • Hawaiian exotics show genetic drift

    Invasive species lends understanding to evolutionary process.

    An invasive bird population in Hawaii provides a window into genetic drift – evolutionary changes typically seen over...

    Birds January 17, 2018
  • Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef

    Gobal warming has an impact on male turtles.

    A green sea turtle from the northern Great Barrier Reef. Camryn Allen/NOAA Fisheries The north of the Great Barrier ...

    Marine life January 17, 2018
  • Females fall for robot fiddlers

    Biologists use robotic crabs to test whether its real love.

    Female fiddler crabs have a thing for males who fiddle fast – or possibly just fancy a fling with a crustacean robot,...

    Marine life January 17, 2018
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