Animals & Plants

Five ways fish are more like humans than you realize

You’ve probably heard that fish have a three-second memory, or that they’re incapable of feeling pain. Neither of these statements is true, but it’s telling...

Los Angeles palm trees may be a major source of air pollution

Mexican fan palms, native to the deserts of northwestern Mexico, are a widely-planted ornamental throughout the Los Angeles basin. They are contributing substantially to the...

Scientists discover the bald eagle killer

The alarm bells began ringing when dozens of eagles were found dead near an Arkansas lake. Their deaths--and, later, the deaths of other waterfowl, amphibians...

Dog vs. machine: Who’s a better bomb detector?

What's better at finding a hidden bomb -- a dog or an electronic chemical detector? In this episode, the Reactions team travels to the U.S....

Cuttlefish can pass the ‘snacking test,’ study finds

A popular TikTok challenge has evolved in which kids resist eating snacks; a new study finds that cuttlefish can do the same. According to the...

Mantis shrimp inspires new breed of light sensors

Inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp, researchers have developed a new kind of optical sensor that is small enough to fit on a...

How did dogs get to the Americas?

The history of dogs has been intertwined, since ancient times, with that of the humans who domesticated them. But how far back does that history...

Dogs can sniff out COVID-19 in human sweat, shows study

New study adds to a small but growing consensus that trained medical scent dogs can effectively screen individuals who may be infected with the...

Scientists find the cure for No. 1 killer of citrus trees

New research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent...

First people to enter the Americas likely did so with their dogs

The first people to settle in the Americas likely brought their own canine companions with them, according to new research which sheds more light...