Animals & Plants

Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Rickettsia bacteria cause a number of human and animal infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have for...
These types of dogs may bite children most

These types of dogs may bite children most

In a new study, researchers have found dog breeds and physical traits that pose the highest risk of biting with severe injury. They want parents...

Escaped pet parrots are now naturalized in 23 U.S. states, study finds

Monk parakeets normally forage in grassy areas, but they survive Chicago's harsh winters by switching exclusively to backyard bird feeders from December to February. When...
How the bumble bee got its stripes

How the bumble bee got its stripes

Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees. This discovery helps to explain the highly diverse color patterns...
For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian 'meat'

For giant pandas, bamboo is vegetarian ‘meat’

Pandas have a strange mix of have herbivore and carnivore traits. Giant pandas are extremely specialized herbivores that feed almost exclusively on highly fibrous bamboo,...

Scientists discover two new bird species

In a new study, scientists have discovered two new bird species. The two beautiful new bird species were found in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi,...
White sharks run away when they see orcas

White sharks run away when they see orcas

In a new study, scientists found that white sharks give up their feeding areas when they encounter orcas. The finding challenges the idea that great...

“Death roll” of crocodiles are more common than previously believed

In a new study, researchers found that the "death roll" of alligators are more common among species than previously thought. The research was co-authored by...
World’s oldest fish shows how ancient skull evolved

World’s oldest fish shows how ancient skull evolved

In a new study, researchers found new information about how ancient skull and brain evolved. They studied one of the world's oldest types of fish,...

Cats can distinguish their names from other words

In a new study, researchers found that pets cats can recognize their own names. This is the first study showing cats' ability to understand human...