Animals & Plants

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic waste

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows. University of Exeter scientists scoured existing published...

Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, study shows

Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows. Top dogs in a pack are known to assert their dominance, but...

Scientists discover how plants breathe

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels - the lungs of the leaf - to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) to their...
Wind can prevent seabirds accessing their most important habitat

Wind can prevent seabirds accessing their most important habitat

We marvel at flying animals because it seems like they can access anywhere, but a recent study has revealed that wind can prevent seabirds...

How in times of trouble animals also stand together

Faced with potential violence from rival factions, dwarf mongoose groupmates pull together and behave more co-operatively, according to recent study Conflict between rival groups is...

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans, says...

Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests...

What drives Yellowstone’s massive elk migrations

Yellowstone’s migrating elk use climate cues, like melting snow and greening grasses, to decide when to migrate. Every spring, tens of thousands of elk follow...
Scientists find why deep-sea dragonfish has transparent teeth

Scientists find why deep-sea dragonfish has transparent teeth

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego have discovered what's responsible for making the teeth of the deep-sea dragonfish...
Scientists show chimpanzees catch and eat crabs for the first time

Scientists show chimpanzees catch and eat crabs for the first time

Chimpanzees have a mainly vegetarian diet, but do occasionally eat meat. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown for the first time...
Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Wild boars, hunting dogs and hunters carry tick-borne bacteria

Rickettsia bacteria cause a number of human and animal infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have for...