Clever cuttlefish show advanced self-control, like chimps and crows

A marine version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment helped show cuttlefish can delay gratification.

Alexandra Schnell, Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge • conversation
today ~7 min

Humans Are Making Oceans Too Noisy

VOA Learning English • voa
Feb. 28, 2021 ~5 min

How do arctic foxes hunt in the snow?

Arctic foxes have a few special talents that help them sneak up on unseen prey and pounce.

Jacob Job, Research Associate in Department of Fish, Wildlfe, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Cats don't avoid strangers who behave badly towards their owners, unlike dogs

Dogs are more in tune with human social cues than cats.

Ali Boyle, Research Fellow in Kinds of Intelligence (Philosophy), University of Cambridge • conversation
Feb. 19, 2021 ~5 min

How border walls threaten species trying to escape rising temperatures

Nearly 700 species of flightless mammal could be barred entry to cooler habitats due to national borders by 2070.

Stephen Willis, Professor of Conservation Ecology, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

The pigs used a joystick to move a cursor for rewards.

Rebecca E Nordquist, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~5 min

Spider legs build webs without the brain's help – providing a model for future robot limbs

Unsettlingly, it appears that spiders' legs really do have minds of their own.

Fritz Vollrath, Emeritus Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford • conversation
Feb. 10, 2021 ~7 min

Scientists at work: New recordings of ultrasonic seal calls hint at sonar-like abilities

Microphones on the seafloor recorded life under the Antarctic ice for two years – inadvertently catching seal trills and chirps that are above the range of human hearing. Could they be for navigation?

Lisa Munger, Instructor of Natural Sciences, University of Oregon • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~9 min

Coronavirus: Bat virus hunters find new evidence

Experts say coronaviruses related to Sars-CoV-2 may be found in bats across many parts of Asia.

Feb. 9, 2021 ~2 min

Whale threats from fishing gear 'underestimated'

Blue whales may be at a bigger risk than previously thought of getting entangled in fishing nets.

Feb. 9, 2021 ~3 min