Nature

  • Social birds are smarter birds

    Social complexity may be driver for evolution of intelligence.

    The Australian magpie is helping biologists understand the evolution of intelligence, with a new study finding that b...

    Birds February 7, 2018
  • This is why you won’t be able to swat that fly

    Flies are much maligned and goddamned hard to hit.

    Summer in Australia is defined by sport, but the most-played sport isn’t cricket or tennis – it’s fly swatting. Have ...

    Animals February 7, 2018
  • Cloned crayfish conquers the world

    A bizarre aquarium escapee is spreading around the world.

    It may sound far-fetched, a but a real-life super-macromutant has been born, creating a new species with bizarre biol...

    Marine life February 5, 2018
  • Woodpeckers sustain brain damage

    Study finds protein associated with concussion and dementia.

    Woodpeckers may be getting brain damage from pecking wood, which adds intriguing possibilities to their role as a mod...

    Birds February 4, 2018
  • Six of nature’s weirdest sex lives

    Some animals have evolved impressive adaptations.

    Here is the list of the most peculiar sex lives of animals. From barnacles to marsupials, we explore six of the weird...

    Nature February 4, 2018
  • Hairy caterpillars cause horse abortions

    Research moves to reduce insect burden on the racing industry.

    Now here’s something we’ll bet you never knew: in Australia about one-third of spontaneous abortions in thoroughbred ...

    Animals February 2, 2018
  • Orca learns to mimic human speech

    Copying ability sheds light on killer whale “dialects”.

    Researchers have taught a captive killer whale to blow raspberries and mimic the word “hello” with its head above wat...

    Marine life January 31, 2018
  • Lovely but lethal millipede discovered

    Species is multi-coloured and uniformly poisonous.

    The combination of beauty and danger is beloved in the arts because it is frequently seen in nature, in creatures suc...

    Animals January 29, 2018
  • Buzz off! Elephants give bees a wide berth

    Beehives may resolve conflict between elephants and farmers.

    Despite the well-known cartoon image of an elephant being terrified by a mouse, there is no formal evidence of these ...

    Animals January 25, 2018
  • 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
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