Zoo won’t panda to taste, says fruit’s too sweet for its monkey menu
Published: 10/2/2018

Selective breeding has made the fruit we eat so full of sugar, Melbourne Zoo has had to wean its animals off it.

Fruit is vital in human diets, and we all need to eat more. But at the zoo, keepers found fruit-heavy…

Praying Mantis Seen Hunting Fish for the First Time
Published: 09/24/2018

One night in March of last year, a praying mantis crept onto a rooftop garden in India and perched on an artificial pond, waiting intently. When an unsuspecting guppy swam by, the insect snatched it up and gobbled it down—marking…

Tiny Treadmills Help Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina
Published: 01/3/2018

Scientists believe that sea turtle hatchlings have an innate instinct that guides them toward the brightest low horizon and away from tall dark silhouettes, which orients them toward the ocean’s surf. However, excess…

Animals in medicine cared for like the heroes they are
Published: 12/19/2017

Telling the public about those of us who work in animal research may not change opinions, but I want to break the silence.

I want real information to be available so, no matter what opinions are formed, they are…

Pretty birds studied by UWM researchers may help unlock genetics of fending off diseases
Published: 12/5/2017

The better looking a male tree swallow is, the more effective his immune genes are, and the more likely his offspring will be equipped to resist parasites and disease-causing pathogens, researchers have discovered.

Why this deer disease could change the way Americans hunt forever
Published: 11/27/2017

There's increasing concern [chronic wasting disease], a prion disease similar to mad cow, eventually could cross the species barrier and spread to humans. Many scientists think it's not a matter of if, but a matter…

Surprise: Blue Whales Are Mostly ‘Left-Handed’
Published: 11/20/2017

a new study adds a surprising new detail to the marine mammals' underwater ballet: They don’t spin and turn at random. Instead, the 80-foot-long giants show a preference for either their right or left side—the…

Earliest evidence for dog breeding found on remote Siberian island
Published: 09/18/2017

Now it appears these ancient Arctic dwellers did something even more remarkable: They may have been among the first humans to breed dogs for a particular purpose. An analysis of canine bones from Zhokhov suggests…

First warm-blooded lizards switch on mystery heat source at will
Published: 08/15/2017

The first known warm-blooded lizard, the tegu, can heat itself to as much as 10 °C above its surroundings – making it unique among reptiles.

But bizarrely, it only switches on its heating system at…

Pollution Is Turning Sea Snakes Black—for a Surprising Reason
Published: 08/14/2017

The turtle-headed sea snake usually sports beautiful bands of alternating black and white. But for decades, researchers have been puzzled by populations living near Pacific Ocean cities that seem to have lost their stripes.

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