We all know that some of the nastiest lady-bugs eat their mate right after coupling. It's a disturbing side of the invertebrate world that we humans have trouble wrapping our heads around. "If she's going to eat him after they mate, why would he go anywhere near her?" is one question commonly asked. Now new research shows that male bugs aren't necessarily stupid, they're just gullible.
Researchers recently pieced together a vast puzzle of chemical and weather logs found deep within the skeletons of tropical corals in a famous Pacific archipelago. The result was a stunning warning about the near-future: a bleaching event is coming, and it may be the worst seen in at least 20 years.
The long-standing debate over protecting the sage-grouse, a rare bird species in Colorado and the West, has been re-ignited with a new federal bill passed by Congress last week.
In what at first seems like some pretty pointless research, experts have discovered a surprising fact about urination: no matter the size of body or bladder, all mammals take just about the same time to pee.
Traveling to Antarctica is no easy feat, but for the hearty and brave the White Continent is a common enough stomping ground to boast its own unique brand of tourism. Now new research has revealed a consequence of this activity that few have considered: exposure to humans is raising the risk of infectious disease among penguins.
Researchers from New York University are claiming to have developed a vaccination regimen that can effectively fight off brain-wasting disease, like Mad Cow disease, which can infect deer and other animals. They say that this will solve problems on two fronts: preventing livestock infection and also halting a risk of these diseases jumping to humans.
Even in the wake of climate change some species are doing fine, learning to adapt to changing ecosystems by following their favorite foods. A new field study has revealed a very distinct example of this in southeast Alaska’s common char.
Crows have long been considered highly intelligent animals, but now new research shows that they're even smarter than we thought and can actually think rationally, just like humans.
Do you remember those childhood Decembers when it snowed so hard that you had feet of packed powder to play with? You could build a snowman, have a snowball fight between snow forts, or - my personal favorite - you could tunnel. Now a researcher is suggesting that this is a favorite past-time for many small birds, too.
Large carnivores like the gray wolf, brown bear, lynx and wolverine are swiftly gaining ground in Europe, after the densely populated continent hunted and displaced them to near extinction a century ago, a new study says.
Turkey Day is behind us, but that doesn't mean our appreciation of the bird should end with it. That's especially true after new research revealed that the turkey, along with the chicken, remain the most genetically similar to their dinosaur ancestors, even despite decades of domestication and breeding.
It is thought that about 66 million years ago, a massive impact led to the full extinction of the dinosaurs (potentially with the help of volcanoes and disease), and a significant portion of prehistoric sea life. Now researchers have found evidence that even the great majority of mammals at this time did not escape destruction.
They're not psychic, but a group of songbirds can sense future tornadoes from miles away, flying the coop to avoid a devastating storm, according to a new study.
Reports have come in that officials from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) have taken several dozen baby elephants away from their parents, in preparation to ship them to unspecified zoos. This has earned a significant amount of public outcry, even as some hard questions are being asked.