A big part of cats' lives are spent around their human owners, yet scientists are just starting to understand what they think of us
Cats are often depicted as being less friendly, cooperative and caring than dogs, but what's really going on in your cat's head?
Cuttlefish blend with their background, creating remarkable camouflage. Using this unusual behavior, scientists can understand how this creature sees its world
Same-sex sexual behavior happens for many reasons—but why do field crickets do it?
Among mountain chickadees, at least, parents that contend with a harsher environment will be more likely to cause harm to their children than risk themselves.
Bumblebees learn both where to find nectar and where to find pollen, at the same time.
A new type of learning for these 'insect geniuses'
It turns out, sperm is a limited resource
Love, lust and commitment in penguins
Animals that are designed to be drinkers
One of the reasons for the incredible breadth in the appearance of animals is to help individuals mate with the right species. This is one evolutionary process that causes differences between populations of animals and that can eventually lead to the formation of new species.
As an individual who is part of a social species, you are likely aware of how others’ behaviour can influence your own and how you can influence others.
Article written by Maria Tello-Ramos, edited by Felicity Muth. Like it or not, male and females differ from each other in a number of ways.
I recently read a remarkable story of research done by people right at my home university at the University of Nevada, Reno. Thirty minutes from where we live is Lake Tahoe, which is a large lake which is half in Nevada, half in California.
You might have heard of serotonin as one of the ‘happy’ hormones in humans. Indeed, mood disorders like anxiety and depression are associated with low levels of serotonin.
We often hear about animals where the males mate with multiple females. However, many animals have the opposite system, where a single female courts and mates many males.
Some animals defend themselves by spraying liquid at potential threats. Perhaps the most well-known example of this is the skunk, whose spray contains chemicals that smell awful to the animals it's defending itself from.
Art and science are usually held up as two opposing disciplines. However, arguably very similar abilities are needed to be an artist and a scientist: an ability to observe the world in detail, to perhaps notice things that other people don't, to creatively come up with ideas and to draw novel connections.
As I wrote about in my last post, bees are capable of learning which flowers offer good nectar rewards based on floral features such as colour, smell, shape, texture, pattern, temperature and electric charge.
One of the first things I get asked when I tell people that I work on bee cognition (apart from `do you get stung a lot?') is `bees have cognition?'.