Animals & Plants

Scientists find new way to protect seeds from drought

MIT researchers have devised a way to protect seeds from the stress of water shortage during their crucial germination phase, and even provide the...

You can snuggle wolf pups all you want, they still won’t get you quite...

After 14,000 years of domestication, dogs have some of the same cognitive abilities as human babies. You know your dog gets your gist when you...

Bull sharks in the upper Mississippi? It does happen!

For many people, the idea of sharks in the upper Mississippi River would seem laughable, yet they have been caught here at least twice--...

Seabird colony creates ‘halo’ of depleted fish stocks

A vast seabird colony on Ascension Island creates a "halo" in which fewer fish live, new research shows. Ascension, a UK Overseas Territory, is home...

Drone footage reveals social secrets of killer whales

Killer whales have complex social structures including close "friendships", according to a new study that used drones to film the animals. The findings show that...

More than 70% of world’s sharks died 19 million years ago

Researchers have discovered a massive die-off of sharks roughly 19 million years ago. It came at a period in history when there were more than...

Plants get a faster start to their day than we think

To describe something as slow and boring we say it's "like watching grass grow", but scientists studying the early morning activity of plants have...

Puppies are born ready to communicate with people, study shows

Dogs may have earned the title "man's best friend" because of how good they are at interacting with people. Those social skills may be present...

Scientists find best strawberries to grow in hot locations

It's strawberry season in many parts of the U.S, and supermarkets are teeming with these fresh heart-shaped treats. Although the bright red, juicy fruit can...

North American and Eurasian horses are genetically connected through Bering Land Bridge, shows study

A new study of ancient DNA from horse fossils found in North America and Eurasia shows that horse populations on the two continents remained...