Recordings of songbird duets reveal that baby birds learn conversational turn-taking like we do: gradually, and from adults. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.
The results come from a rigorous, $8 million study
Engineers have created a DNA-based chemical oscillator, opening the door to molecular computing
Understanding an ecosystem means following changes in the abundances and identities of the species present as the clock ticks. The BioTIME database should help.
Lemurs consume far less fruit than other primates
There’s a lot more going on beneath those spiny exteriors
The bump-head sunfish, and not the ocean sunfish, is the world’s largest bony fish
By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less-resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports.
The bombardier beetle can spray its hot brew of toxic chemicals even after bring swallowed, to force a predator into vomiting it back out.
Despite decades of Red Planet exploration, the protocols for confirming evidence of life there are still quite hazy
Some creatures have unusual ways of courting their Valentines
David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University College of Science in Canberra says that older trees play outsize roles in maintaining landscapes and ecosystems.
Researchers hope to get people talking about our beautiful, complex oceans
Scientists are probing deep beneath the ocean’s surface to learn how life on Earth began
Damselfish had trouble learning to avoid predators, when that lesson was accompanied by a soundtrack of buzzing boat engines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Young birds follow the right signal to foraging grounds, but when they arrive there are no fish to eat
The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart—which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A surprising number of animals exhibit handedness—bees included