Animals & Plants

One step closer to the plants than can create their own fertilizer

One step closer to the plants than can create their own fertilizer

A team at Washington University in St. Louis has created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night,...
Australia has a new venomous snake – and it may already be threatened

Australia has a new venomous snake – and it may already be threatened

The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger...
LED lights reduce seabird death from fishing by 85%

LED lights reduce seabird death from fishing by 85%

Illuminating fishing nets with low-cost lights could reduce the terrible impact they have on seabirds and marine-dwellers by more than 85 per cent, new...
Seal serum could protect lungs from inflammation

Seal serum could protect lungs from inflammation

Weddell seals diving under the ice. Researchers hope to apply their findings regarding the protection provided by seal serum to extend the survival of...
Scientists discover why tree shrews eat spicy foods

Scientists discover why tree shrews eat spicy foods

Spicy foods elicit a pungent or hot and painful sensation that repels most mammals. However, the tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri chinensis), a species closely related...
Warming oceans will affect sharks’ brains

Warming oceans will affect sharks’ brains

Rising ocean temperatures due to climate change will not only be felt by smaller organisms like coral, but will also impact apex predators, according...
Rising carbon dioxide levels pose a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies

Rising carbon dioxide levels pose a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies

A new study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies: Mounting levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reduce the...
What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus

What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus

Koalas have long captured people's hearts and minds thanks to their cuddly features and seemingly relaxed demeanor. Now, in a collaborative study by the Koala...
First steps to rescue the Northern White Rhino

First steps to rescue the Northern White Rhino

Northern White Rhinos (NWR) are functionally extinct, as only two females are left on this planet. An international team has now successfully completed three milestones...
dingoes, Australian desert

How dingoes sculpt the shape of sand dunes in the Australian desert?

Removing predators from an ecosystem can have a domino effect that impacts the geography of the environment and even the pattern of wind and...