The destructive earthquake and tsunami that triggered a catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant are now four years behind us, but the effects of that disaster are still being felt today. Now a new study has revealed that even as ecosystems slowly recover, Fukushima's native bird population is actually dwindling more than ever - and researchers think they know why.
A rare monkey some believed to be extinct has recently been spotted in the forests of the Republic of Congo after successfully evading scientists for more than half a century, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
For more than 250 million years, four-limbed land animals known as tetrapods have repeatedly conquered the Earth's oceans. Now new research is revealing just how these marine predators successfully evolved amidst this ever-changing environment.
The octopus is one heck of an intriguing animal, scuttling along the ocean floor or swimming through the deepest, darkest waters with a beautiful, yet alien-like grace. But can you imagine being one? That's a lot of limbs to keep track of all at once, and yet these animals somehow never tangle themselves up. How do they pull it off? A team of researchers from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem think they have the answer.
I'll admit it. I'm no dog lover, but even I've felt that pang in my chest when a goofy canine gazes at me with those 'puppy dog eyes.' We have long called these incredibly trusting animals "man's best friend," but new research has revealed that there's more to it than just trust and a mutual love for bacon. Dogs, it seems, can actually hijack the chemistry for human bonding.
Picture this: it's a beautiful spring day and the graceful fluttering of a butterfly catches your eye. The delicate insect alights on a nearby flower and, for a moment, it's wings remain unfurled. Suddenly you're face-to-face with a hideous monster, complete with 18 eyes and a crooked, segmented nose. For some time, this is what most people thought the strange "eye spot" patterning on some butterflies' wings were for. Now, however, researchers are arguing that they have a far better use than simply frightening gullible humans.
Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in various plastic consumer products, is disrupting turtle reproduction in terms of their sexual differentiation, according to a new study.
The last known male northern white rhino on Earth is under heavy guard in Kenya as conservationists struggle to save the species from certain extinction.
Scientists have recently created the best, most comprehensive family tree of baleen whales, helping to shed light on this 40-million-year-old species, a new study says.
A bizarre species of bone-eating worms that dates back to prehistoric times had a unique appetite, new research shows, as it fed on the carcasses of ancient giant marine reptiles.
It sounds like something straight out of Planet of the Apes, and could turn a great deal of what experts thought they knew about chimps on its head: chimps are using tools - like tiny spears - to hunt prey, and it's females who are often bearing these weapons of choice.
Scientists have identified a mysterious whale song that suggests the existence of a new whale species living in the Antarctic.
It's a new record! US and Russian scientists recently documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded - a whopping 14,000 miles by a supposedly endangered gray whale. Now experts are wondering how endangered the species actually is.
What would you say is most important to Africa's ecosystems? Is it isolation, stability, or maybe biodiversity? According to a new study of Africa's essential rivers, it's none of those, as hippo dung is actually the "life force" that keeps the region vibrant and alive.
"This is SPARTA!" It's a line that nearly everyone you know is likely familiar with. Now a new study has found that societies of ants in the rainforests of Malaysia should be shouting this chant as well - if ants had voices - as they regularly throw invading armies from their tall tree-side homes.