Animals & Plants

Dog intelligence ‘not exceptional’ as we thought

People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research shows. Scientists reviewed evidence that compared the brain power of...

Land-locked Atlantic salmon use GPS-like magnetic field to navigate

A new study shows that Atlantic salmon use the Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool – much like their cousins, Pacific salmon –...

Domesticated dogs weren’t man’s only best friend

For centuries dogs and humans have developed close relationships, that in many cases, have solidified each other as family. The close bond between humans and...
Vegan dogs should canines go meat free

Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free

Over the last ten years, it’s estimated there has been a 360% rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As...

Why does Nemo the clownfish have three white stripes?

Coral fish are known for their great diversity of colors and patterns, each more surprising than the next. Examples include the copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus,...

Why huskies have blue eyes

DNA testing of more than 6,000 dogs has revealed that a duplication on canine chromosome 18 is strongly associated with blue eyes in Siberian...

Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers

Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn...

Jungle in the suburbs: More mammals than expected live near people

It’s a jungle out there in the suburbs, where many wild mammals are thriving near humans. That’s the conclusion of a large-scale study using camera trap images...

Bold male birds fall faster and harder for their partners

Research from Oxford University has revealed that bold male birds focus on forming strong relationships with their future breeding partners while shy male birds...

This wild plant could be the next strawberry

By combining genomics and gene editing, researchers have figured out how to rapidly bring a plant known as the groundcherry toward domestication. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,...