Flatworms muscle new eyes' wiring into their brains

Peter Reddien's lab at the Whitehead Institute takes a step forward in understanding how neural circuits could be regenerated in adults.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neuroscience development biology animals research school-of-science whitehead-institute

Do dogs really see in just black and white?

Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.

Nancy Dreschel, Associate Teaching Professor of Small Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dogs pets animals vision fox wolf curious-kids curious-kids-us senses cats colors wolves foxes dog sensory-perception photoreceptors

How worms move: Dopamine helps nematodes coordinate motor behaviors

To spy on worms for days on end, Picower Institute scientists invent a new open-source microscopy platform.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neuroscience microscopy animals research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih picower-institute

Curious Kids: why do so many dangerous animals live in Australia?

Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world.

Louise Gentle, Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution animals australia curious-kids snakes

Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: biodiversity birds nature animals endangered-species amphibians

World's deepest octopus captured on camera

A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: animals oceans

Meet the baby orangutans learning to climb trees

Baby orangutans are learning new skills from their human surrogate parents.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 17, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation animals orangutans

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment covid-19 birds nature animals wildlife goats

Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch the coronavirus?

Pets might not protect us from the coronavirus, but they can help us get better.

Clarissa M. Uttley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum, Plymouth University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus dogs pets science animals quick-reads curious-kids speed-reads curious-kids-us cats explainer

The audacious plan that could save a species

With only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both female - extinction seems a certainty.

By Clare Spencer • bbcnews
April 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: conservation animals kenya rhinos

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