A new species of roundworm discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean boasts some interesting characteristics. Researchers say this nematode that lives in fig trees can develop five different specialized "faces" or mouths, based on the available food supply.
New Caledonian crows were caught on camera for the first time making innovative hook foraging tools in the wild.
A 50-year study recently revealed that southern giant petrel seabirds living on the Antarctic island of Signy have experienced substantial population declines and reduced breeding success.
Marine animals are altering their diets and natural habitat range as a result of climate change. For instance, melting sea ice is opening new waters to humpback and fin whales, which could lead to increased food competition among the areas' native species.
Native Australian "resurrection plants" store sugars and recycle cells to survive long dry episodes. Using this, researchers may be able to design drought-resistant crops.
Melting Arctic ice means natural underground permafrost freezers can no longer keep food cold enough and encourages polar bears to visit inland communities for longer periods of time. This calls for new and improved above ground polar bear-resistant food storage containers.
Scientists have long beleived that three species of Madagascan lemurs were the only primates that hibernate. But new findings suggest that pygmy slow lorises, a relatively small primate that belongs to the so-called wet nosed classification from Southeast Asia, take long wintertime naps, too.
The largest cloning factory is currently under construction in the city of Tianjjin, China. When finished scientists plan to produce dogs, horses and up to a million beef cattle a year, to ultimately curb commercial demand.
Smaller hatchlings who have to compete with larger siblings for food grow up become obese adults birds, say researchers who tested starling hatchlings to determine whether competition for food after birth had a long-lasting effect.
Using nano-sized particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, researchers have found a way to increase the growth and antioxidant content of tomato plants. This may soften the impact population growth has on natural resources in the future.
Dolly Varden, an Alaskan trout species, are able to retire from migrating each year after growing big enough to store and utilize fat reserves. This is the only known species that partakes in such a retirement.
Orangutans and other rare species on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo are endanagered, in large part due to commercial plam oil cultivation. In the last decade alone, orangutan populations have declined by 50 percent as the result of habitat loss and smoke-related deaths.
Deciduous trees along rivers and streams provide protection from damaging solar radiation and valuable foliage every autumn. Fallen leaves act as a vital food source for insects, and keeping insect populations healthy could ultimately help river ecosystems combat climate change, researchers reveal in a new study.
A deadly fish disease known as VHSv has plagued hundreds of freshwater fish in Lake Winnebago, in Wisconsin. While some older individuals have developed a resistance toward the disease, they could spread the disease to younger fish and cause another mass die-off in the future.