Animals & Plants

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other?

Most left-handers can rattle off a list of their eminent comrades-in-arms: Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama, just to name three, but they...
Most blue whales are 'right-handed' -- except when they swim upward

Most blue whales are ‘right-handed’ — except when they swim upward

A team of scientists that used motion-sensing tags to track the movements of more than five dozen blue whales off the California coast discovered...
Why short-legged dogs more likely to develop painful disease

Why short-legged dogs more likely to develop painful disease

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease -- a common cause of back pain, rear limb paralysis and inability to walk...
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...
For these baleen whales, hunting requires little more than treading water

For these baleen whales, hunting requires little more than treading water

Rorqual whales are known for their impressive lunge-feeding behavior. As the name suggests, this method involves lunging forward with mouth opened wide to engulf large...
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...
Climate change may slowly starve bamboo lemurs

Climate change may slowly starve bamboo lemurs

Madagascar's Cat-sized greater bamboo lemurs are considered one of the most endangered primate species on Earth. They almost exclusively eat a single species of bamboo,...
Dolphins may have Alzheimer’s disease too

Dolphins may have Alzheimer’s disease too

Study suggests Alzheimer's disease and Type 2 diabetes might both be the price of a longer lifespan, with altered insulin function the common cause. A...
How to buy pet medicines online

How to buy pet medicines online

If you’re purchasing medications for your pet online to save money or for convenience, there are Internet sites that represent legitimate pharmacies. But the U.S....
Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

Logged tropical rainforests still support biodiversity even when the heat is on

Tropical rainforests continue to buffer wildlife from extreme temperatures even after logging, a new study has revealed. Scientists had previously assumed that cutting down trees...