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

Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals' development

This is the first study to link human activity with a change in whale sharks’ life stages.

Jessica Harvey-Carroll, PhD Researcher, University of St Andrews • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Spitting cobras may have evolved unique venom to defend from ancient humans

A toxin unique to spitting cobras means their venom causes more pain than other snakes.

Wolfgang Wüster, Reader in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~7 min

Elephants counted from space for conservation

Satellite imagery is being used to count elephants in a breakthrough that could aid conservation.

Jan. 21, 2021 ~2 min

Starfish: rare fossil helps answer the mystery of how they evolved arms

New study sheds light on how the starfish evolved.

Aaron W Hunter, Science Guide & Tutor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

Parasites: what causes some species to evolve to exploit others

Even the most mutually-beneficial evolutionary relationship can turn sour.

Louise Gentle, Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~7 min

Electric eels work together to zap prey

The electric predators work in groups to herd and "zap" their prey in unison, scientists shocked to discover.

Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min