Using fossil teeth, researchers from Stony Brook University have found an ancient nectar-drinking bat was probably omnivorous.
After sequencing the genome of nearly indestructible water bears (segmented micro-animals), researchers discovered they steal 17.5 percent of their genetic information from other species.
A suspicious number of young starlings have drowned recently in Europe. While researchers are still unsure why groups of juvenile birds have been drowning, they believe they have some ways to help the inexperienced wild animals access water safely.
Since the domestication of corn, there have been many genetically modified versions created to date. So how does the sweet corn we enjoy today compare to that served at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621?
Beavers help other wildlife by replenishing dead wood, a vital food and shelter resource.
Wood pellets have become an increasingly popular alternative source of fuel, and are even more environmentally friendly compared to coal, when factoring harvesting and transportation.
Army ants link up to create living bridges use to overcome gaps and obstacles they encounter along forest floors. These structures were thought to be static, but a study featuring time-lapse film has revealed that they are highly dynamic and responsive.
Considering how many studies say walking and biking are great for us, Nature World News is keeping an eye out for opportunities to walk in greenery in North American cities. Recently we walked 4.5 miles from near downtown Portland, Maine to none other than an *island*, Mackworth Island.
When tracing evolutionary history of gourd seeds, researchers found that the disappearance of large animals directly correlated to changes in distribution of the wild plants.
"We know that many people have difficulty distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy food. By adding seaweed to processed foods we can make food healthier. In many cases we also get tastier food, and it may also help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases," said the author of a University of Southern Denmark study.
Nature World News recently spoke with Mike Carmon, a meteorologist who studies the very extreme weather atop New Hampshire's Mt. Washington. Scientists in 1932 clocked winds there of 231 mph; researchers have had a wild-and-wooly view of weather there ever since then.
Using the natural movements observed in plants, researchers believe they can make tiny robots move with the use of electricity.
Gentoo penguins, an arctic species distributed around the South Pole, have evolved a special method to remian ice-free, say researchers who are now hoping to adapt their findings to airplane wings which frequently need de-icing. "It's a little ironic that a bird that doesn't fly could one day help airplanes fly more safely," said one researcher.
Researchers may finally have an explanation for the mantis shrimps' ability to reflect and detect circular polarizing light. It turns out the marine creatures use it to communicate if certain burrow holes are occupied.