Animals & Plants

A lemur miracle Baby born following rare C-section

A lemur miracle: Baby born following rare C-section

Because they’re endangered, all baby lemurs are special. But some, like Ranomasina, are extraordinary. “This is not just any baby,” says Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian...
HOW COYOTES CONQUERED THE CONTINENT

How coyotes conquered the continent

Coyotes now live across North America, from Alaska to Panama, California to Maine. But where they came from, and when, has been debated for decades. Using...
Sweet potatoes did not originate in the Americas as previously thought, suggests new study

Sweet potatoes did not originate in the Americas as previously thought, suggests new study

Sweet potatoes may seem as American as Thanksgiving, but scientists have long debated whether their plant family originated in the Old or New World. New...
Wearable technology brings high-tech to mushroom hunting

Wearable technology brings high-tech to mushroom hunting

CU Boulder graduate student Jen Liu is bringing a bit of high tech to what may be one of humanity’s oldest pursuits: hunting for...
Why you shouldn't kill spiders in your home

Why you shouldn’t kill spiders in your home

I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home. Why? Because...
Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

New research from the University of Bristol has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behavior and ecology. It is commonly accepted that group sizes...
Sharks can acquire a taste for jazz music

Sharks can acquire a taste for jazz music

While for many people sharks bring to mind the Jaws theme music, it seems sharks themselves prefer jazz. Far from mindless eating machines, new research...
Researcher pinpoints optimal age of puppy cuteness

Researcher pinpoints optimal age of puppy cuteness

The popular meme proclaiming that all dogs are puppies assumes that humans' adoration of canines is not conditional on their age. But a new study...
Why short-legged dogs more likely to develop painful disease

Why short-legged dogs more likely to develop painful disease

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease -- a common cause of back pain, rear limb paralysis and inability to walk...
Scientists train spider to jump on demand to discover secrets of animal movement

Scientists train spider to jump on demand to discover secrets of animal movement

Scientists have unlocked the secrets of how some predatory spiders catch their prey whilst hunting by successfully training one to jump different distances and...