Animals & Plants

New evidence of stray dogs as possible origin of COVID-19 pandemic

In a new study, researchers found new evidence of stray dogs as a possible origin of COVID-19 pandemic. They traced coronavirus across different species and...

Study shows pangolins may have passed new coronavirus from bats to humans

Pangolins, not snakes, may be the missing link for transmission of the new coronavirus from bats to humans. Since its initial outbreak at Huanan Seafood...

Cats are much more susceptible to new coronavirus than dogs are

In a new study, researchers reported that tests of the new coronavirus on domesticated cats, dogs, pigs, chickens, ducks, and ferrets found that both...

Nuclear bomb tests help determine age of largest fish on Earth

Nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s have helped scientists accurately estimate the age of whale sharks, the biggest...

Scientists discover two brand new sharks in the Indian Ocean

Not one, but TWO new species of the rarely seen six-gilled sawsharks have been found in the West Indian Ocean by an international team...

Why monkeys choose to drink alone

Why do some people almost always drop $10 in the Salvation Army bucket and others routinely walk by? One answer may be found in an...

I’ve always wondered: who would win in a fight between the Black Mamba and...

Who would win in a fight between the Black Mamba and the Inland Taipan? – Biswajit Tripathy Dear Biswajit, What a fascinating question! Before we start talking...

One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years

Accurately predicting biodiversity loss from climate change requires a detailed understanding of what aspects cause extinctions, and what mechanisms may allow species to survive. A...

When frogs die off, snake diversity plummets

Since 1998, scientists have documented the global loss of amphibians. More than 500 amphibian species have declined in numbers, including 90 that have gone extinct,...

How do sea stars move without a brain? The answer could impact robotics and...

Have you ever seen a sea star move? To many of us, sea star seem motionless, like a rock on the ocean’s floor, but in...

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