Ecology & Zoology

Free Range Poison: Animals Love To Eat Toxic Food, Less So When It's Warmer

A new study found that when temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote, suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 13 2016 - 7:01am

Sorry Spider-Man, Geckos Are At The Size Limit For Sticking To Walls

Latest research reveals why geckos are the largest animals able to scale smooth vertical walls- even larger climbers would require unmanageably large sticky footpads. Scientists estimate that a human would need adhesive pads covering 40% of their body sur ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 18 2016 - 5:50pm

First Zinnias Grown In Space

One of the most triumphant moments in the book and recent movie "The Martian" comes when lead character Mark Watney successfully grows a potato crop on Mars. It's more than food for survival, it's a mental and engineering breakthrough. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 24 2016 - 8:12am

Don't Blame Grey Squirrels For Their British Invasion- Blame British Royalty

DNA profiling reveals grey squirrels are not as good invaders as we think, and that humans played a much larger role in spreading them through the UK. Grey squirrels were imported to the UK from the 1890s onwards, and the traditional view is that they spr ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2016 - 4:30pm

Magnetic Compass Of Birds Affected By Polarized Light

The magnetic compass that birds use for orientation is affected by polarized light. This previously unknown phenomenon was discovered by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. The discovery that the magnetic compass is affected by the polarization dire ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2016 - 3:57pm

Nature Is Mean, Shows Extinction Of Giant Australian Bird

The belief by Western elites that ancient people lived in some sort of harmony with the land, a belief popular for the last century, has been punctured again. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 29 2016 - 10:50am

Horses Can Read Human Emotions

Horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions, according to psychologists who studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 9 2016 - 9:21pm

25 Signs Your Cat Could Be In Pain

Cat owners tare familiar with their pets’ individual personalities, habits and preferences, and they can tell when the behavior is different than normal, but understanding what these changes mean can be much more difficult. ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2016 - 9:55am

Bats In Asia Resitant To White-Nose Syndrome Fungus

As the deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome continues to spread across North America, scientists are studying bats in China to understand how they are able to survive infections with the same fungus that has wiped out millions of North American b ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 9 2016 - 8:30am

Chemical Fingerprints Implicate Wind Turbines Killing Bats

Thanks to government mandates and ongoing subsidies, wind energy has become more popular, and one impact of large-scale wind energy development has been widespread mortality of bats. A new study tracks down the origin of bats killed by wind turbines in th ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 17 2016 - 9:18am