Buildings, landmarks and monuments are turning off lights to prevent fatal impacts as birds set off on spring migration.
Groups of boars have become an unavoidable presence in Haifa. Some human residents are charmed, but others are annoyed or frightened and now carry sticks on walks.
Scientists have found that grizzlies, like people, seem to choose the path of least resistance.
In a widely shared video, a lunging octopus in Australia earned a mild response from the man being targeted by an arm: “Oh, golly.”
Equus offers life-changing “attunement” through the medium of horses. But how?
Barrington Court, a grand estate in England that was a filming site for “Wolf Hall,” has been shut to visitors for much of the last year — human visitors, that is.
Dogs orient and move in synchrony with family members, which may have implications for the emotional development of people and pets.
Their severed heads get around just fine until they regenerate perfectly functioning, parasite-free new bodies, scientists say.
A study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — helps larvae of insects called antlions outlast hungry predators.
It’s the biggest bioluminescent vertebrate found on land or sea, so far.
Certain species show a remarkable ability to delay gratification, notably great apes, corvids, and parrots, while other species do not (such as rodents, chickens, and pigeons.) Add the cuttlefish to the former category.
Scientists administered an adapted version of the Stanford marshmallow test to cuttlefish and found the cephalopods could delay gratification—that is, wait a bit for preferred prey rather than settling for a less desirable prey. Cuttlefish also performed better in a subsequent learning test, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It’s the first time such a link between self-control and intelligence has been found in a non-mammalian species.
As we’ve previously reported, the late Walter Mischel’s landmark behavioral study involved 600 kids between the ages of four and six, all culled from Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School. He would give each child a marshmallow and give them the option of eating it immediately if they chose. But if they could wait 15 minutes, they would get a second marshmallow as a reward. Then Mischel would leave the room, and a hidden video camera would tape what happened next.
With new puppies and kids at home, doctors are worried about treating more children for dog bites.
Even when an octopus can’t see light with its eyes, its arms seem to know it is there.
Now professional dog trainers are all booked up. While you wait, they have some advice to share.
While some animals that rove in groups appear to cast a form of ballot about directions, goats mostly copy each other.
An experiment by evolutionary biologists offers new insights into birds’ brains.
When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed.
A new study hints that plants like catnip and silver vine may also protect your feline friend from mosquitoes.
The behavior, used by wolves and orcas to run down fast prey, is rarely seen in fish.
A team of scientists say they have figured out the cicada-like life cycles of the many-legged arthropods.
The novel technique is great news for Guam’s brown tree snakes, bad news for the island’s nesting birds.
Nature’s weirdest clam surprises scientists once again, this time in video footage of its mating habits.
A marine biologist’s ideas for singling out sharks that attack humans have prompted objections from other shark scientists.
It turns out that camouflage isn’t the only talent these cephalopods have.
The solitary cephalopods occasionally join a hunting party with fish, then lash out for reasons that scientists are studying.
The whales in the group seem to sing a unique song.
It took a customized headpiece to monitor when and how much a grackle blinked in flight.
First it was platypuses. Now we may be dealing with glowing Tasmanian devils, echidnas and wombats.
Researchers say that kangaroos are the first wild animals to exhibit interspecies communication that is more commonly seen in animals that have evolved alongside humans.
Some tree crickets amplify their calls with leaves, giving them an opportunity to mate that they otherwise might miss.
Asian honeybees have exhibited what scientists call a form of tool use to deter attacks by giant predatory wasps.
First of all, she wasn’t a kitten …
Researchers in China spent a decade studying this question.
We felt that we loved our pets, but did “love” really apply to them?
Eight people have been fatally attacked this year, the most in nearly a century. But scientists say these numbers don’t tell the full story.
In the abyss, everyone can hear you scream.
The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.
The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.
While later dinosaurs in this lineage were giant herbivores with tiny brains, this small species packed a lot more power in its skull.
Size matters to the small-but-mighty mantis shrimp, which show a marked preference for burrows in coral rubble with volumes that closely match their own body size or are just a bit larger—in other words, large enough to accommodate their body, but small enough that they can defend the entrance. But according to a new paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, sometimes a mantis shrimp will compromise. If a burrow is already occupied and is close to the ideal size, or a bit smaller, the mantis shrimp will fight longer and harder for that burrow—and be more likely to win the contest.
As we previously reported, mantis shrimp come in many different varieties: there are some 450 known species. But they can generally be grouped into two types: those that stab their prey with spear-like appendages (“spearers”) and those that smash their prey (“smashers”) with large, rounded, and hammer-like claws (“raptorial appendages”). Those strikes are so fast—as much as 23 meters per second, or 51mph—and powerful, they often produce cavitation bubbles in the water, creating a shock wave that can serve as a follow-up strike, stunning and sometimes killing the prey. Sometimes a strike can even produce sonoluminescence, whereby the cavitation bubbles produce a brief flash of light as they collapse.
Octopuses can taste what their arms touch, and scientists have figured out how.
Scientists wondered whether animals living above the Arctic Circle had the same circadian rhythms as the rest of us.
Mammoths and giant ground sloths roamed the same terrain that a young adult swiftly moved through while toting a young child.
Older male chimps follow a pattern that researchers also see in humans, preferring to have positive relationships with a few good friends.
Kyle Burgess, 26, encountered an adult mountain lion while trying to take a video of her cubs. For nearly six minutes, he retreated backward on a hiking trail, keeping his eyes and his phone trained on the cat.
Cronutt, like a growing number of ocean mammals, developed seizures because of toxins in the water. Scientists hope the pioneering procedure he underwent this week could help.
Activists and some congressional lawmakers are demanding that the N.I.H. reconsider its refusal to move 39 chimpanzees from a research center to a sanctuary.
These male monkeys lived longer if they socialized with females, with or without benefits.
Five birds who moved to a park in Britain the same week had unprintable vocabularies, which they deployed on amused guests. Keepers said the parrots also learned to laugh at one another.
Two recent research efforts looked into the southern alligator lizard, which has one of nature’s more extreme mating strategies.