Animals & Plants

The wintering whereabouts of penguins

The wintering whereabouts of penguins

Scientists have found a way to trace the winter movements of penguins by using just a single tail feather. Knowing where and how Antarctic penguins,...
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...
Recovering lost Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

Recovering lost Caribbean bats would take 8 million years

More than half of mammal species went extinct after human colonization in the Caribbean alone. Can nature restore the numbers of species on islands to...
These predators might be the earliest animal

These predators might be the earliest animal

For the last decade, zoologists have battled over the question “What is the oldest branch of the animal family tree?” Is it the sponges, as...
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...
How tick bites that can leave you allergic to meat

How tick bites that can leave you allergic to meat

As Virginians embrace the height of summer with trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains and afternoons spent on trails, most know to check their...
Why are dogs such doting companions

Why are dogs such doting companions? It’s in their genes

Researchers have identified a genetic difference in domesticated dogs and wolves that could explain the canines’ contrasting social interaction with humans. The finding, published today...
How domestication altered the genome of ancient horses

How domestication altered the genome of ancient horses?

Analyses of 14 ancient horse genomes reveal the significant selective pressures domestication put on these animals. This highlights a relatively recent loss in their genetic...
The last survivors on Earth: Tardigrade

The last survivors on Earth: Tardigrade

The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to...
Genomes Reveal Cause of Disease in Rare Cats

Genomes reveal cause of disease in rare cats

Researchers have used whole genome sequencing to identify DNA abnormalities that cause genetic diseases in cats, such as progressive retinal atrophy and Niemann-Pick type...