Silk has long been seen as a sexy fabric. Smooth and luxurious, it can drape a woman in all the right ways to catch a man's eye. However, human's aren't the only species that uses silk to catch a mate. New research has determined that the female wolf spider will improve her silk draglines when vying for the attention of a male, showing that spider courting isn't always a one-sided affair.
When you see a guy strutting around his campus bragging about how many women he's slept with, you're likely to think two things: either he's got a bit too much confidence, or - as is often the case - he's compensating for something else. Now, new research has found that it's not all that different for burying beetles.
March is upon us, and that means that scientists at the French-Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica are in the midst of prepping for a harsh winter - one that lasts half a year, with little to no contact with the rest of the world. What's worse, four of those six months will be spent without sunlight. Ah, the things some people will do for science.
"What goes around comes around," may be a common adage used by people, but new research has revealed that it's not a belief exclusive to humans. Rats, or at least ones in Norway, it seems, believe in doing favors when they are due as well, returning kindness shown to them by other rats in the past.
It turns out that ants don't poop where they please. New research has determined that ant colonies have actual "bathroom habitats," which the most timid of ants regularly clean and organize to keep rates of bacterial infection at a bare minimum.
You may think it's funny to trick a "dumb dog," by pretending to throw a ball or pointing him in the wrong direction, but Fido is on to you. A new study has determined that man's best friend can quickly learn if a person is untrustworthy, and may even start ignoring them entirely.
A "crocodile smile" has long been used to describe someone who is intimidating and up to no good, but what if a true crocodiles smile actually meant he likes having a good time? New research has determined that top crocs are actually very playful creatures, riding waves, chasing balls, and taking piggyback rides just for fun!
Most people know the popular saying "an elephant never forgets." Past studies have shown that some birds have pretty awesome memories too. But what about insects? Now, new research has revealed that a tiny wasp species in the remote tropical forest of Southeast Asia tells friend from foe by recognizing them visually.
The infamous invaders of kitchens, motel, and more, cockroaches have long been associated with filth and disgust. However, new research is associating them with personality as well, as they provide a strong example of individuality among insect populations.
In a stroke of good luck, a group of Canadian beachgoers has caught on camera orcas exhibiting rare beach-rubbing behavior, which still eludes scientists.
"Plant intelligence" is a term that's been thrown around a lot these days, especially by a number of scientists. But plants can't really think - or can they? Plants do indeed show signs of "intelligent" behavior, and even learn from interacting with what is around them.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a new report that reveals some surprising statistics about alcohol consumption in the United States. For starters, about 90 percent of all "excessive drinkers" are not alcoholics.
The general consensus is that the climate change dispute is over, with the majority of the scientific community and the public at least agreeing that it is occurring. However, new research has revealed that the agricultural community's stance on the issue remains a bit more undecided - highlighting a division between scientists and farmers that may have a lot to do with perspective and belief.
How would you like your worst fear physically removed from your brain, never to bother you again? That's exactly what seems to have happened to one man who had an irrational fear of spiders. Interestingly, the phobia was eliminated on accident - a happy consequence of a very serious procedure.