Animals & Plants

The power of pets: health benefits of human-animal interactions

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you...

What causes the octopus death spiral?

For all their uncanny intelligence and seemingly supernatural abilities to change color and regenerate limbs, octopuses often suffer a tragic death. After a mother octopus...

This spider can hide underwater for 30 minutes

A tropical spider species uses a “film” of air to hide underwater from predators for as long as 30 minutes, according to faculty at...

Cognitive test in dogs could help humans with Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists from North Carolina State University found that a suite of complementary tests can quantify changes in dogs suspected of suffering from cognitive decline. The...

Dog coronavirus can jump to humans, study finds

Scientists from Cornell University found a shift that occurs in canine coronavirus that may provide clues as to how it transmits from animals to...

Scientists name a new species after Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, U.S. singer-songwriter known for hits such as “Shake It Off” and “You Belong With Me”, has earned a new accolade—she now has...

Apples weren’t always big, juicy and sweet — ancient ones were small and bitter

When biting into a large, sweet apple from the local grocery store, it’s easy to take the characteristics of our modern fruits for granted. We...

Humans have given wild animals their diseases nearly 100 times, shows study

A research team led by scientists at Georgetown University has found that humans give viruses back to animals more often than previously thought. In a...

Why parrots live so long?

Parrots are famous for their remarkable cognitive abilities and exceptionally long lifespans. Now, a study led by Max Planck researchers has shown that one of...

Chemicals in your dog or cat’s stool may threat your health

Scientists from NYU Grossman School of Medicine found chemicals in pet feces may signal threats to human health. The research is published in the journal Environment...