Animals & Plants

Maple leaf extract could nip skin wrinkles in the bud

Maple trees are best known for their maple syrup and lovely fall foliage. But it turns out that the beauty of those leaves could be...

Thirty percent of the ant workers do 70 percent of the work

Ants have a lot to teach robots about working in confined spaces For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers...
‘Zombie’ gene returns to life and kills cancer in elephants

Zombie’ gene returns to life and kills cancer in elephants

The gene appears to have been helping elephants and their relatives for a long time Researchers have discovered a gene that can protect elephants from...

Zombie gene protects against cancer in elephants

Dead gene reborn helps destroy cells with damaged DNA An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five percent of...

Who was the real Lorax?

Check out the fuzzy monkey that inspired the Lorax Researchers may have discovered the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’ Lorax character and his Truffula trees. Primate biologists...

Capturing elephants from the wild shortens their lives

Most captured elephants are relatively young Even years after capture, the mortality rate of wild-caught elephants remains increased, and their average life expectancy is several...

Mojave Desert birds crashed over the last century due to climate change

Bird diversity dropped by nearly half, primarily because of decreased rainfall from changing climate Bird communities in the Mojave Desert straddling the California/Nevada border have...

Small birds fly as high as 4000 meters towards Africa

A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that small birds migrating from Scandinavia to Africa in the autumn occasionally fly as high...
Do whales sing for sex or sonar

Do whales sing for sex or sonar?

A new theory says whales may use their songs as a kind of sonar. This upends the conventional wisdom that whales sing to attract potential...
Birds categorize colors just like humans do

Birds categorize colors just like humans do

Zebra finches perceive only red or orange, even when the truth falls somewhere in between For a small, reddish-beaked bird called the zebra finch, sexiness...