City birds are more intelligent than rural birds, says a new study published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, focusing on bullfinches from Barbados. Living in the city changes you. The same principle applies to birds. Researchers from McGill University show in a new study how city birds grow to become smarter than their counterparts living in
Researchers have used genetic information to save fish through captive breeding. One of the most pressing deeds that our world increasingly needs to see is the protection of endangered species from extinction. Such is what scientists from Flinders University have accomplished: they succeeded in their endeavour to restore local populations of the native pygmy perch
Nursery-web spiders have their own version of fifty shades of grey: the males tie the females with silk during mating to avoid sexual cannibalism. The ‘practice’ is documented in a paper published in the journal Biology Letters. While bondage in the animal kingdom (apart from humans, that is) might sound pretty exciting at first, it
Bats are able to carry lethal diseases without being affected by them, reveals a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This special ability of theirs might potentially be used to combat diseases affecting humans, say the researchers. Maybe, that explains part of why vampires do not get sick.
Horses are able to read angry and happy human facial expressions, says new study published in the journal Biology Letters. Horses having the ability to understand human emotions has been demonstrated for the first time in a new study whereby the reactions of 28 horses were observed upon seeing photographs depicting people with both happy
World, get ready for lifeless and emotionless farmers! A firm based in Japan will soon develop a robot-run farm to grow lettuce containing more beta carotene than the conventional farm-grown one — mostly without constant human assistance. Technology has replaced cattle for the plowing of land. Machines have also rendered men of certain professions redundant.
The giant 225-kg-bird that used to live in Australia (I mean, where else?) 50,000 years ago went extinct because of humans (who else, right?!), says new study published in Nature Communications. Australia is notorious for its special collection of unique animals. It is little wonder that it once had an enormous bird weighing around 225
Bees get busier when they ‘learn’ the following day will be rainy, say researchers from China. The paper is published in the journal Insect Science. Bees will perhaps never cease to amaze. You will find in the spectacular organisation of their colonies a great force at work inspiring the tiny creatures to achieve great tasks.
The first flower to bloom in space was photographed on the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Scott Kelly from the US shared the picture of the zinnia plant on his Twitter account. “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut!”, writes Scott Kelly as the photo caption. The ‘event’ was forecasted last November: on
Earthworms have got to be of the creepiest animals out there. Thank God they are of small size, not that this is great consolation either! Now, imagine the horror of coming across earthworms the size of small snakes! The newly-discovered creature has been documented in The Glasgow Naturalist. Giant earthworms comparable in size to small snakes
A 10-meter-long crocodile lived in the ocean back in the early Cretaceous period, around 130 million years ago. The fossil of a 10-meter-long crocodile who used to live in the ocean has been discovered in lower Cretaceous sediments in Tunisia. It is the largest marine crocodile ever to be found. The ‘new’ species, albeit extinct,
A new study suggests that dogs have the intrinsic ability to recognise human feelings on top of emotional cues from other dogs. It appears that their exposure to humans, and coexistence, for thousands of years has caused them to evolve this characteristic, maybe as a way to fit in better. Is it any surprise that dogs