Animals & Plants

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...
Scientists train spider to jump on demand to discover secrets of animal movement

Scientists train spider to jump on demand to discover secrets of animal movement

Scientists have unlocked the secrets of how some predatory spiders catch their prey whilst hunting by successfully training one to jump different distances and...
The mystery of lime-green lizard blood

The mystery of lime-green lizard blood

Scientists find clues that may lead to cures for malaria and other diseases Green blood is one of the most unusual characteristics in the animal...
Think Chimpanzee Beds Are Dirtier Than Human Ones

Think chimpanzee beds are dirtier than human ones? Think again

Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) appear to keep tidier sleeping arrangements than humans do. That's one finding of a recent study that evaluated the microbes and arthropods...
Hungry, Hungry Hippos

Hungry, hungry hippos

The average hippo weighs more than 3,000 pounds and consumes about 100 pounds of vegetation daily. This naturally results in large quantities of dung being...
Big fish produce disproportionately bigger eggs and more of them

Big fish produce disproportionately bigger eggs and more of them

A Big Deal for Fisheries What difference does it make whether an angler catches one big fish or two smaller fish, each half its weight? Experts...
Why is chocolate so bad for dogs

Why is chocolate so bad for dogs?

Dark, milk, semi-sweet or white, chocolate is a favorite treat for many –-many humans that is. As much as we like it, chocolate can be...

World’s ‘oldest’ spider discovered in Australian outback

Australian researchers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest recorded spider, unlocking key information about the mysterious eight-legged creature. The research, published...
Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Behavioral problems in male dogs may be affected by how early in their life they are desexed, with the study raising questions about whether...

Alligators on the beach? Killer whales in rivers? Get used to it

Large predators once hunted to near-extinction are showing up in unexpected places Alligators on the beach. Killer whales in rivers. Mountain lions miles from the...