Animals & Plants

How to tell the sex of a Galápagos penguin

How to tell the sex of a Galápagos penguin?

It turns out that to tell the sex of a Galápagos penguin, all you need is a ruler. In a paper published in the journal...
Host plants tell insects when to grow longer wings and migrate

Host plants tell insects when to grow longer wings and migrate

Scientists at Washington State University and China Jiliang University have discovered that the quality of the host rice plant determines whether the brown planthopper,...
Loss of lemurs could put Madagascar's largest tree species in danger

Loss of lemurs could put Madagascar’s largest tree species in danger

Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar's 100-plus species of iconic lemurs. A new study by Rice University ecologists illustrates how saving...
Scientists crack the genetic code of koalas for the first time

Scientists crack the genetic code of koalas for the first time

World-first breakthrough in mapping the complete koala genome A team of Australian and international scientists, led by Professor Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Australian Museum...
How a cockatoo ended up in 13th-century Sicily

How a cockatoo ended up in 13th-century Sicily

Four 13th-century images in the Vatican’s library show a white cockatoo—but how did a bird native to Australia and surrounding regions end up in...
Right whales could be extinct in less than 30 years

Right whales could be extinct in less than 30 years

North Atlantic right whales now number fewer than 500. If things don’t change, the highly-endangered species could face extinction in less than 30 years, according...
Babysitting teaches bonobos how to be moms

Babysitting teaches bonobos how to be moms

Young female bonobos prepare for motherhood by taking care of babies, whether they’re related to them or not, a new study shows. What’s more, that...
Lemurs can smell weakness in each other

Lemurs can smell weakness in each other

Some people watch the competition carefully for the slightest signs of weakness. Lemurs, on the other hand, just give them a sniff. These primates from...
How 70,000 years of human interaction have shaped an icon of wild nature

How 70,000 years of human interaction have shaped an icon of wild nature

The evolution of the orangutan has been more heavily influenced by humans than was previously thought, new research reveals. Professor Mike Bruford, of Cardiff University,...
A new spider found deep within an Indiana cave

A new spider found deep within an Indiana cave

Spiders are ubiquitous within our forests, fields, and backyards. Although you may be used to seeing the beautiful yellow and black spiders of the genus...