Could an alien world look like this?
Somewhere out there, just maybe, an alien – probably stranger looking than in our wildest imagination – might be pondering this very question.
A firefly’s light is part of its mating strategy.
For many people, the gentle blinks of fireflies flashing are a favorite part of summer evenings. An entomologist explains some lightning bug basics.
Scientists built a small database showing which animals do and don’t fart. Not every animal in the world is on there, but it does have moon snails listed as a no.
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One thing I can tell you is that a snail's bottom is right over its head.
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Climate change threatens to cause mass extinctions – but how, exactly? New research suggests male fertility may be the weakest link.
From wealth, to the natural world, to genes and intelligence, a podcast exploring the theme of inheritance.
Hatchling southern African pythons bask outside the nest chamber.
Mating in southern African pythons is a serious business, and is rarely just a one-night stand
We know that lots of animals, maybe all animals, sleep. Cats, dogs, even worms and jellyfish sleep. But we still don’t know exactly why they started sleeping.
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Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
Waluh, a one-day-old male baby pygmy hippopotamus (Cheropsis libereensis), swims with his mother.
Why are some animals resistant to waterborne disease? A reader wants to know.
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In defence of 'cryptozoologists': we have a lot to learn from their curiosity and sense of wonder.
Bonobo fishing for termites with a stick.
Species that use tools aren’t necessarily better at solving problems than species that don’t.
Newly recognised genetic populations carry their evolutionary history with them, and the history of their habits. This is why detecting new species is so important.
Believe it or not, cats are really useful. Even this one.
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Scientists have discovered two new types of ants in the rainforests of New Guinea thanks to an advanced X-ray imaging technique.
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Our planet's huge range of environments has led some animals to evolve some bizarre but very useful features.
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The best modern zoos focus on conservation, education and research – not entertainment.
Your beak’s in my ear, darling.
Animals can be remarkably reminiscent of humans when it comes to relationships – changing behaviour, eating habits and even friends for the sake of their mates.
How do you do?
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Chimps might be cute and cuddly but it's their human drama that obsesses us.
You couldn’t just plop dinosaurs anywhere and expect them to survive.
A "Pleistocene Park" might be a more realistic scenario.
I want to break free.
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The experience of visiting a zoo is about to change dramatically. The Next Generation Zoo concept is based on how animals use space in the wild, giving them more freedom and better using the resources…
X-ray imaging of tiny frogs’ bodies show that their big mouths resonate best around the frequency of the male’s calls - meaning…