Animals & Plants

Wild geese in China are 'prisoners' in their own wetlands

Wild Geese in China Are ‘Prisoners’ in Their Own Wetlands

In many places in the world, goose populations are booming as the birds have moved out of their wetland habitats to exploit an abundance...
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...
Top 10 New Species for 2017

Top 10 New Species for 2017

A spider and an ant whose names are drawn from references in popular modern-day literature, a brilliant pink katydid and an omnivorous rat are...
Plants call 911 to help their neighbors

Plants call 911 to help their neighbors

Injured plants send off chemical signals to warn neighbors of danger When Harsh Bais, a botanist at the University of Delaware, emailed Connor Sweeney to...
American chestnut rescue will succeed

American chestnut rescue will succeed, but slower than expected

The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease --...
New Zealand's mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction

New Zealand’s mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction

Iconic Yellow-eyed penguins could disappear from New Zealand's Otago Peninsula by 2060, latest research warns. Researchers call for coordinated conservation action. In a newly published...
Unborn rays traumatized when their mothers are captured

Unborn rays traumatized when their mothers are captured

The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the...
Galveston scientists discover new shellfish species in saltwater caves

Galveston scientists discover new shellfish species in saltwater caves

An international team consisting of scientists from Texas A&M University at Galveston, Denmark, Norway and Mexico have discovered a new species of remipede, a...
Birds choose their neighbors based on personality

Birds choose their neighbors based on personality

Birds of a feather nest together, according to a new study which has found that male great tits (Parus major) choose neighbors with similar...
Black bears are booming in New York

Black bears are booming in New York

The black bear population in southern New York has grown and expanded its range since the early 1990s, which has led to increased encounters...