Moths use acoustic decoys to dodge bat attacks – new research

These nocturnal insects have amassed an impressive defensive arsenal against bats’ echolocation.

Thomas R Neil, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 20, 2021 ~7 min

Wild radishes pass on defense tricks to protect their young

Animals tend to top nature's list of protective parents, but wild radishes and other plants can also go to impressive lengths to protect their young.

Holly Alyssa MacCormick-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 8, 2021 ~9 min

Once common weasels are doing a vanishing act

Three species of weasel, including one considered the world's smallest carnivore, are likely in decline, researchers say.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Aug. 5, 2021 ~5 min

How we created fake smells to trick predators and save endangered birds – podcast

From the archive: using misinformation to fool predators into leaving bird nests alone. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Science Editor & Co-Host of The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
Aug. 5, 2021 ~2 min

People ratchet up feelings of burnout in stressed out fawns

When fawns sense danger from many sources, they relax rather than act hypervigilant. It's like they feel "there's no point in being ready to hide or flee."

Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 3, 2021 ~8 min

Plumose anemone has a taste for ants—and spiders, too

The plumose anenome dines on a surprising menu item: ants. A new study digs into how they became part of a marine food chain.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
June 24, 2021 ~7 min

Snails toting world’s tiniest computers solve extinction mystery

Snails carrying the world's smallest computers have helped solve the mystery of a species that survived mass extinction, researchers report.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2021 ~7 min

Fitbit and spy mic track elusive Canada lynx

A Fitbit and spy mic have given scientists new insight into the never-before-heard sounds of Canada lynx hunting, fighting, and sleeping.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
June 1, 2021 ~4 min

Nocturnal dinosaurs: Night vision and superb hearing in a small theropod suggest it was a moonlight predator

By looking at the eye bones and ear canals of extinct dinosaurs, researchers show that a small ancient predator likely hunted at night and had senses as good as a modern barn owl.

Roger Benson, Professor of Palaeobiology, University of Oxford • conversation
May 6, 2021 ~9 min

Predator fish pose a bigger threat to young coral than we thought

Predators like parrotfish and pufferfish pose much more of a threat to young coral than previously believed.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 12, 2021 ~9 min