Animals & Plants

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Most left-handers can rattle off a list of their eminent comrades-in-arms: Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama, just to name three, but they...
Pumas are more social than previously thought

Pumas are more social than previously thought

Pumas, long known as solitary carnivores, are more social than previously thought, a new study suggests. The study quantifies complex, enduring, and “friendly” interactions of...
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...
Hormone could be making your dog aggressive

Hormone could be making your dog aggressive

Hormones may be partly to blame for dogs’ “leash aggression,” new research suggests. Dogs with what is known as “leash aggression” may bark, growl, or...
Farmed salmon are deaf and now we know why

Farmed salmon are deaf and now we know why

Scientists have discovered why fast-growing farmed salmon are three times more likely to be partially deaf than their wild relatives The odds are that every...
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...
Panda habitat shrinking, becoming more fragmented

Panda habitat shrinking, becoming more fragmented

A study by Chinese and U.S. scientists finds that while populations of the iconic giant panda have increased recently, the species' habitat still covers...
Why pandas are black and white

Why pandas are black and white

Scientists who answered why zebras have black and white stripes pose the question to pandas. The scientists who uncovered why zebras have black and white...
Why poison frogs don't poison themselves

Why poison frogs don’t poison themselves

Don't let their appearance fool you: Thimble-sized, dappled in cheerful colors and squishy, poison frogs in fact harbor some of the most potent neurotoxins...
Sacrificed, farmed and smuggled, the llama has a colourful past

Sacrificed, farmed and smuggled, the llama has a colorful past

Research into the historical importance of one of the most celebrated animals in South American culture, has shown that the llama has fought its...