The great John Steinbeck once said that "all great and precious things are lonely." It's no wonder then, that entomologists love ants. New research has shown that loneliness may affect these creatures to a greater effect than many other living creatures.
It's official, climate change is upon us, with sea levels rising, harsh storms abound, and the hottest years in history. Even the US Senate is admitting that climate change is a reality that we must deal with. Now, a new consequence of warming temperatures has appeared, and it's a strange one. Sea slug populations are growing to unfathomable numbers, and researchers are investigating what that could mean.
New research has revealed that baleen whales, a group that makes up some of the largest animals on Earth, hear their surroundings and one another in a rather unique way. Their bones, it appears, can resonate with low frequencies, capturing sound and directing it to their ears, enabling supersensitive hearing that can stretch for miles.
Understanding salmon and other fish migrations has always been very important to conservationists, especially for species whose treks may be made harder by hydroelectric dams. Now a new tiny and injectable device may help experts better understand how these dams stress these fish, providing data that could lead to more fish-friendly systems in the near-future.
You've likely heard that silk is incredibly strong. Spider silk in particular can be both strong and mind-boggingly thin, hinting that nature is still the master spinster. Now, after studying the remarkable webs of a common garden spider, researchers think they are just a bit closer to learning nature's craft.
Disease is spreading in Illinois, but not in a way you'd suspect. Toxoplasmosis, a bizarre brain disease caused by parasite infection, is apparently rapidly spreading among minks and muskrats in the state, and kitty litter may be to blame.
If you're an insect, the last thing you want to see flying at you is the sticky pink tip of a chameleon's tongue. Now, new research has found that not only can this tongue defy the laws of muscle power, it's even more powerful than previously thought.
Evolutionary biologists have always wondered if we were to hit that "restart" button would, things still turn out as they have? A new study says that's more than likely, as many species seem to have stumbled upon the same few saving-grace traits on their own accord.
You thought you understood global warming? Think again. New research has shown that the potentially "historic" snowfall that struck the East Coast is but a taste of the intense weather that we could be facing as stronger and stronger La Niñas increase in frequency with climate change.
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.
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.
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."
It's been five months since the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft finally caught up to its quarry, the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, data from the comet-chaser has been released, revealing some amazing insight about the hurtling space rock's surface.