A secret infection in migratory birds has been shown to speed up the aging process and shorten lifespan, according to a new study.
New research shows that polar bear penis bones are weakening due to chemical pollution, adding to the growing this of threats to this endangered species.
They may look cute and cuddly, but seals are some incredibly ferocious and impressive hunters, gliding silently through the water only to snap their sharp teeth around an unsuspecting fish. More amazing still, even in the low visibility of murky water, they can hunt their food with frightening precision. How do they do it? Wavy facial hair, it turns out, can be a predators' secret weapon.
We all know that human activity can influence the lives of nearby animals, especially those top predators that now have to play second fiddle to our ever-expanding interests. However, a new study has shown that not only do our actions impact them, but also our mere presence may cause majestic killers like pumas to grow so fearful that they change their hunting habits for the worse.
For the first time ever, a sea otter pup conceived in the wild was born in captivity, according to researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), giving them a rare look at otter motherhood.
Yes, those balls. You know the ones I'm talking about. The man rocks, the family jewels, the subject of that ACDC song we've all tried to forget about. In the great mammalian sex race, a male with big balls is likely a very successful reproducer, being both dominant and popular with the ladies. New research has found that with mice, however, that this isn't always the case. The best balls, experts are now claiming, don't always take up a lot of space.
It's no secret that some of the most vulnerable species from around the world are struggling in the face of climate change. Endangered species and highly specialized ones are losing their habitats and resources to rising seas, melting permafrost, changing flora, and drying lands. However, new research has revealed that some of the world's most adaptable animals are also suffering, with the hearty and common mosquitofish serving as a prime example.
Have you ever caught yourself praising your dog in an overly sweet voice, just to realize that he is blankly staring at you? Then, you reach out to pet him and suddenly you're the greatest thing on God's green Earth. New research has revealed that dogs really do prefer petting over praise, and experts explain why this is.
In an amazing revelation, researchers have obtained footage of massive six-foot-long squids flashing and flickering at one another in the ocean depths. This never-before-seen behavior was closely analyzed by experts, and they have determined that while the flickering is likely a complex form of camouflage, the differently timed flashes seem to be a way of communicating.
'Slow and steady' is apparently not just a guide for footraces and fables. Researchers have recently found that among underwater creatures, it's not the quick and large who are likely to survive into old age, but the tiny and slowest growers.
Ocean currents are not always the same, changing with the weather, seasons, and even climate change. However, drifting jellyfish are never thrown off course, even as they appear to 'go with the flow.' Now, new research explains this, showing that these seemingly simple animals actually have "incredibly advanced orientation abilities."
As the poaching crisis continues to run rampant across South Africa, a record number of rhinos consequentially died in 2014, highlighting the crucial need to step up efforts to tackle this illegal hunting and protect an iconic species.
A year into West Africa's Ebola epidemic, the WHO has reported more than 7,500 deaths and nearly 20,000 confirmed cases among humans. And while it's understandable why the media has focused on these tragic numbers, some researchers are saying that we're missing something equally tragic: nearly a third of the world's gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since the 1990s.
The biggest Florida black bear on record was unfortunately trapped and killed Sunday in a Longwood neighborhood by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), bringing to light issues of human-animal conflict.
It's no secret that mosquitoes are the cause of a lot of suffering in the world. Malaria, Dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile are just a few names infamously associated with those little bloodsuckers that we all hate. Now researchers are proposing a new way to control their numbers without eliminating the bugs entirely - by attacking egg production.