Animals & Plants

Coconut oil compounds repel insects better than DEET

Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Using repellents...
Yes, your pet can tell time

Yes, your pet can tell time

Are you taking your time when feeding your pet? Fluffy and Fido are on to you — and they can tell when you are dawdling. A...

Chimpanzees react faster to cooperate than make selfish choices

When it comes to cooperation, there's no monkey business in how some chimpanzees respond. These primates often make decisions faster that benefits others than themselves,...

Single genetic switch changes butterfly wing color

Scientists use gene editing to identify gene that controls wing color mimicry in butterflies Heliconius butterflies are a diverse and colorful group of species that...
How the elephant uses its trunk to eat

How the elephant uses its trunk to eat

A human can pick up multiple objects at once by squeezing them together with both hands and arms. An African elephant also picks up many...
Six tiger subspecies confirmed in the new study

Six tiger subspecies confirmed in the new study

Fewer than 4,000 free-ranging tigers remain in the wild. Efforts to protect these remaining tigers have also been stymied by uncertainty about whether they represent...

Scientists find why the smell of lavender is relaxing

Lavender works its relaxing magic all around us: from garden borders to bath bombs to fabric softener. But why not in our hospitals and clinics?...

Himalayan gold is on the brink duo to climate change and overharvesting

A parasitic fungus that grows wild throughout the Himalayas and sells for more than its weight in gold could vanish if current harvesting and...

Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion

Scientists believe Thylacoleo carnifex was probably a victim of the drying out of Australia, which began about 350,000 years ago, rather than from the...

Why motherhood sends octopuses into death spiral

Octopuses are the undisputed darlings of the science internet world, and for good reason. They’re incredibly intelligent problem-solvers and devious escape artists with large, complex...