Octopuses have long been hailed as masters of camouflage, able to change the color, pattern and texture of their skin. Now, it seems that these cephalopods not only use their skin as a means of disguise and even communication, but also as a way to "see" light.
Today's snakes are known for slithering on the ground, but new surprising research says that the first snakes on Earth were likely stealthy predators that boasted legs, ankles, and even toes.
With summer right around the corner, it'll soon be time for a good old-fashioned picnic. The only thing that might ruin your good time is a pesky fruit fly, which can be shooed away with the simple wave of your hand. But have you ever thought about what that fruit fly could be thinking, for example, if it's actually afraid as it flees the scene? Well, researchers now suggest that fruit flies may be able to feel emotion.
For as long as experts have been researching how bats hunt, they have also seen that some moths have the unique ability to jam honing sonar. Among hawkmoths, for instance, the sonic calls of bats are apparently disrupted by dissonant signals coming from the insects' genitals. Now, researchers think they have determined the evolutionary roots of this unusual defensive adaptation.
The traditional way of the animal kingdom is that males rule, and females reap the benefits of being pampered baby-makers. Of course, there are always exceptions, especially among birds, arachnids, and even humans. However, there is one exception that came as a bit of a surprise. Female lemurs, it seems, will often bully their mates, stealing food, marking territory, and even ruling over their neighbors. Now researchers think they have determined what makes these imposing lady lemurs so different.
Viruses are traditionally seen as pretty bad things. In Hollywood, it was always some mysterious virus that left only a few people on Earth or gave rise to a horrific zombie apocalypse. They're the things we think about when we hear "epidemic" or "plague" (even when the black death is actually caused by bacteria). "Virus" is even what we call the pesky malware that can harm our computers. However, according to a new study, there are plenty of "good" viruses out there, too.
Climate change is forcing all sorts of species to change their ways, and now new research shows that when it comes to water fleas, they are using genetics to adapt to climate change.
Oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone," has been associated with a heightened willingness to lie for the benefit of one's group, according to a recent study.
Bamboo landscaping is gaining popularity in the United States, however ecologists warn in a new study that it is subsequently fueling the spread of hantavirus, which could possibly lead to an outbreak.
Scientists are already worried about the rapidly growing human population, which is approaching unsustainable levels and threatening global food security. And now, new research shows that soil losses may exacerbate this problem and result in possible ramifications for human security.
A new worm species, called Parougia diapason, was discovered in whale bones on Antarctica's Deception Island, showing scientists just how many unknown species are still out there.
New research shows that warm-blooded fishes swim faster, and farther, than their cold-blooded counterparts.
Scientists have discovered a new deep-sea microbe that, as it turns out, represents a missing link in the evolution of complex life, according to new research.
Here's something you probably didn't know. Sharks, skates, and rays - everyday Chondrichthyes - boast some very strange sexual organs. Like a pair of clasper-like penises, the male sex organs of a shark literally hook inside a female shark's cloaca in a unique reproductive strategy. Now, researchers think they have finally determined how these animals developed such strange members.