Animals & Plants

Chinese scientists breed world's first 'Space Mangoes'

Chinese scientists breed world’s first ‘Space Mangoes’

The embryonic cells of the mango brought back by manned spacecraft Shenzhou XI last November after the 33-day space mission have now grown new...
Scientists find earliest intact mushroom fossils

Scientists find earliest intact mushroom fossils

Paleontologists from China, New Zealand and the United States have found four intact mushroom fossils, sources from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said Friday. The...
ravens

Ravens: Non-breeders live in highly dynamic social groups

Several recent studies have revealed that ravens are among the most intelligent species of birds and even species in general. But which factors caused the...
Discovery of new ginger species spices up African wildlife surveys

Discovery of new ginger species spices up African wildlife surveys

Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif -...
New species of terrestrial crab found climbing on trees in Hong Kong

New species of terrestrial crab found climbing on trees in Hong Kong

A new species of terrestrial crab has been found to climb trees on the eastern coast of Hong Kong. All specimens spotted during the survey...
For this New Zealand parrot, 'laughter' is contagious

For this New Zealand parrot, ‘laughter’ is contagious

When people are feeling playful, they giggle and laugh, making others around them want to laugh and play too. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on March...
Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans

Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans

A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda's Kibale National Park has revealed that, under the right ecological conditions, our close...
The ancient origins of the Chow Chow

The ancient origins of the Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is an East Asian dog breed and one of the first to emerge after the domestication of the dog. It is believed...
Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid capture

Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid capture

Sharks form strong social networks that are relatively unaffected when several members leave the group, and members also learn how to avoid capture, new...
Spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey every year

Spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey every year

It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. With more than 45,000 species and a...