Bumblebees sought out flowers with nicotine in their nectar, and the drug appeared to enhance the bees' memories. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Flora may be able to detect the sounds of flowing water or munching insects
Desperate farmers hope scientists can beat pathogen that is wrecking the US orange harvest
Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to recognize faces requires a complex mammalian brain. But some insects are quite adept at this task
A religiously inspired change in the European diet about a thousand years ago led to the development of the modern domesticated chicken.
Chickens are smart, and they understand their world, which raises troubling questions about how they are treated on factory farms
Evidence suggests it is for the greater social good
Earthworm numbers doubled in fields after farmers switched from conventional plowing to no-till agriculture. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Killer whales appear to be splitting into several separate species, perhaps because cultural differences among populations are driving them apart
DNA sequences from 100-year-old tumor samples could bolster childhood cancer research
The new ankylosaurus fossil is one of the most complete ever found in North America
Even in salmon season the bears eat lots of plants—and later gorge mostly on salmon brains
More than 250 attendees are meeting in New York City to discuss synthesizing genomes from scratch
Bacteria swap DNA among themselves. And that process may be more common in multicellular organisms than previously believed. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Jellyfish manipulate physics to become the most efficient animals moving in the sea
Chemical signatures left behind in the bones of people living thousands of years ago suggest that the introduction of new commodities provided an opportunity for men
Pocket gophers survived the Mount Saint Helens eruption in their underground burrows and immediately went to work bringing back the ecosystem.
A special chemical blend injected into the brains of cockroaches makes them pawns in the jewel wasp’s control—and perfect live food for its offspring
The homes that animals build are just as much a product of evolution as the creatures themselves
Human-produced noise doubles the background sound levels in 63 percent of protected areas, and raises it tenfold in 21 percent of such landscapes.