Carnivorous leeches. Hawks subduing drones. Swooping starlings. The world’s slowest drip and one deadly jaguar. Press <PLAY>! More
The deadly jolt of the electric eel
In its muddy home, the electric eel has a stunning ability to detect, disable and destroy prey. More
Eating to extinction (Happy Thanksgiving, bird eaters!)
People eat birds unto extinction: Witness the passenger pigeon and heath hen in North America or the moas in New Zealand. More
Imperiled species reproduces in a quiet refuge
Could noisy “soundscapes” disturb captive wildlife? New research suggests sounds matter for white rhino reproduction. More
Cold-War exclusive: Cuban lizards invade Florida
Behavior changes when animals compete — a perfect setup for evolution through natural selection. More
Secrets of the sidewinder
The sidewinder rattlesnake winds sideways up hills that would defeat footed animals. A robot snake climbs a hill — returns some More
Smokin’ hot! Altered tobacco plants point toward race-car photosynthesis
Photosynthesis — creation of sugar from carbon dioxide with solar power — is the basis of life on Earth. Could photosynthesis become More
Bacteria rule: Life found deep beneath Antarctic ice!
In the cold, black depths of Antarctica, a microbial community is doing just fine, thank you very much. The energy comes from “eating” More
Flying south for the winter?
A look at long-distance migration reveals surprising pattern. Migration did not originate in the tropics, home of bird diversity. More
Planet discoveries boost LifeSearch 2.0
How is the Curiosity rover after one year on Mars? How are we faring in the search for life? More
On the wing: Birds, skeeters, jet planes: Same design rule applies!
The “Constructal” theory purports to show similarities in the evolution of airplanes and birds. Both must live in the air. But how More
Amphibian decline: Frogs fight back!
Climate change and disease causing amphibian extinctions? One recent success story: frogs fight back! More
Meet the mosquito: Annoying, deadly
Malaria is declining slowly, but skeeters carry other diseases, including dengue and West Nile. How do mosquitoes reproduce? What are More
New complexity at the dawn of modern life
Even before the high-speed evolution of the Cambrian explosion, one shelled organisms lived by the thousands in groups that offered More
Anxious crayfish, anxious people: Surprising similarities
Crayfish don’t like light, but they tolerate it — unless they are stressed. Zap them, and they fear light. Sound human? More