Nature

  • Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

    The first recorded instance of fire being used by animals.

    Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even de...

    Birds January 12, 2018
  • How flowering plants conquered the world

    Researchers suggest a solution to Darwin’s “abominable mystery”.

    The Jurassic era was dominated by dinosaurs, conifers and ferns. But around 140 million years ago, at the start of th...

    Plants January 11, 2018
  • Scientists discover seven new spider species

    The giant Orc-eating spider from Lord of the Rings is also real.

    A team of Brazilian researchers has simultaneously revealed seven newly discovered species of spiders and a somewhat ...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • Unweaving the peacock spider’s rainbows

    Peacock spiders use sophisticated optical nanostructures.

    Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their f...

    Animals January 11, 2018
  • Ultra black bird

    This bird’s feathers remain black even when coated in gold.

    This black feather from a Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) still appears ultra black even when coated with go...

    Birds January 10, 2018
  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    It looks stunning, but it can actually be bad.

    It literally gets up the nose of millions of hay fever sufferers, making pollen a distinctly unpopular member of the ...

    Plants December 10, 2017
  • It’s official: dogs are smarter than cats

    Counting brain cells reveals that cats are a bit dim.

    Bad news for lovers of cats. Your pet is not haughty, enigmatic and given to philosophical pondering. Your pet is jus...

    Animals December 3, 2017
  • Barnacles to save endangered turtles

    Barnacles may improve knowledge about their hosts.

    Charles Darwin, famously, had a scientific passion for barnacles, but there is nothing in his research to suggest he ...

    Nature November 26, 2017
  • 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...

    Animals November 1, 2017
  • 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 ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
  • Two-headed snakes

    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. ...

    Animals July 24, 2017
  • 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 in the extreme condit...

    Biology June 5, 2017
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