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

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

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

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

Six tips for looking after your new puppy, according to science

From long walks to dangerous foods, you could be damaging the health of your puppy without realising.

Deborah Wells, Reader, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Giant ancient sharks had enormous babies that ate their siblings in the womb

New fossil detective work sheds light on the life of megalodon, the biggest predatory shark ever discovered.

Tom Fletcher, Honorary Research Fellow in Palaeobiology, University of Leicester • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

Crocodiles today look the same as they did 200 million years ago – our study explains why

New research shows crocodiles have landed upon an equilibrium state of evolution.

Max Stockdale, Teaching Associate, Vertebrate Macroevolution and Palaeoecology, University of Bristol • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~6 min

Cats with round faces and big eyes might be cute, but you can't tell how they're feeling – new research

Breeding cats for exaggerated facial features might have hindered our ability to understand them.

Lauren Finka, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min