Animals & Plants

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...
Fat cat? Here’s how much to feed to lose weight

Fat cat? Here’s how much to feed to lose weight

Does your cat lay around all day, only getting up to eat and visit the litter box? Chances are, he’s overweight. Maybe you’ve switched to...
New 'big-armed fly' species named after former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

New ‘big-armed fly’ species named after former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

New species can be named for all types of attributes, but Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County entomologist Brian Brown knew exactly what name to give a...
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered

400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered

A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of scientists. Researchers from...
Study shows treeshrews break evolutionary 'rules'

Study shows treeshrews break evolutionary ‘rules’

A new study has exposed the common treeshrew, a small and skittish mammal that inhabits the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, as an ecogeographical...
Bonobos prefer jerks

Bonobos prefer jerks

For our closest genetic relatives, it pays to have powerful allies Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter, advice columnists say. For most...
Lemurs are weird because Madagascar's fruit is weird

Lemurs are weird because Madagascar’s fruit is weird

Lemurs are primates like us, but they're the weird cousins. They're found only on Madagascar off the coast of Africa, and they fight by secreting...
Footprints help identify and monitor giant pandas in the wild

Footprints help identify and monitor giant pandas in the wild

Footprints left by giant pandas in the wild can be used to identify the individual panda that made them and determine its sex, a...
New antbird species discovered in Peru by LSU ornithologists

New antbird species discovered in Peru by LSU ornithologists

It was July 10, 2016 when Dan Lane, Fernando Angulo, Jesse Fagan, and I rolled into the coffee-growing town of Flor de Café in...
MIT engineers create plants that glow

MIT engineers create plants that glow

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could...