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

When dogs bark, are they using words to communicate?

Dogs' barks say a lot about how they're feeling.

Clive Wynne, Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~4 min

Naked mole-rats: bizarre rodents speak in dialects unique to their colony

A new study found naked mole-rats communicate with chirps unique to their colony.

Matthew James Mason, University Physiologist, University of Cambridge • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Traffic noise impairs songbirds' abilities

A bird problem-solving experiment has revealed how traffic noise impairs the animals' abilities.

Feb. 3, 2021 ~3 min

How to tell if your dog is a genius

A new study found some dogs learn the name of a new object after hearing it only four times.

Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, Keele University • conversation
Feb. 2, 2021 ~6 min

Male butterflies mark their mates with a stench to 'turn off' rival suitors

The stench was once thought to originate from plants, but scientists have now pin-pointed its true origin.

Kathleen Darragh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Davis • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~5 min

UK government backs birth control for grey squirrels

The government gives its support to a project to use oral contraceptives to control grey squirrels.

Jan. 26, 2021 ~4 min