Animals & Plants

Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers

Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn...

Jungle in the suburbs: More mammals than expected live near people

It’s a jungle out there in the suburbs, where many wild mammals are thriving near humans. That’s the conclusion of a large-scale study using camera trap images...

Bold male birds fall faster and harder for their partners

Research from Oxford University has revealed that bold male birds focus on forming strong relationships with their future breeding partners while shy male birds...

This wild plant could be the next strawberry

By combining genomics and gene editing, researchers have figured out how to rapidly bring a plant known as the groundcherry toward domestication. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,...

PCB pollution threatens to wipe out killer whales

More than 40 years after the first initiatives were taken to ban the use of PCBs, the chemical pollutants remain a deadly threat to...

Millions of birds die in collisions each year, but lights could change that

Red and blue LED lights could be the key to preventing bird strikes Millions of birds die each year in collisions with planes, and airports...

Why red tides are toxic?

Scientists discover genetic basis for how harmful algae blooms become toxic Scientists have uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent...

What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists

Mammals are unique in many ways. We're warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives. But a new study, funded by the National Science...

Vorombe titan: The world’s largest bird

After decades of conflicting evidence and numerous publications, scientists at international conservation charity ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) Institute of Zoology, have finally put...

Scientists discover why invasive snakes are so successful

A team of international scientists has discovered why brown tree snakes have become one of the most successful invasive species. The research team, led by...