Decomposers at work: Shelf fungi feeding on a rotting log.
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Fungi underpin life on Earth, but are far less well catalogued and understood than animals and plants. Three scientists call for including fungi in conservation strategies and environmental laws.
Bumblebees at work, dotted with pollen.
Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.
Tibetan monks at Sera Jey Monastery in Mysore, India, experience using microscopes for the first time.
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Religious beliefs and modern biology sometimes seem to collide. But exploring those ideas with compassion and an open mind can lead to deeper learning across cultures.
Changes in vegetation and temperature affect wildlife and humans, as well as the climate.
The growing season on the tundra is starting earlier as the planet warms, but the plants aren’t sequestering more carbon, a new study finds.
Murmurations can have as many as 750,000 birds flying in unison.
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These coordinated movements of a flock of starlings follow no plan or leader. Scientists used to think the animals must communicate via ESP to create these fast-moving blobs.
The Australian Jack Jumper ant transporting its brood.
Insects such as ants and beetles use ingenious processes in their brains to work out how far they’ve travelled and in what direction - we’ve now discovered how they remember their way home.
Russell Wait in his Eremophila garden.
Without these older Australians, my research wouldn’t be where it is today. So let’s meet a few of them.
Why is it harder to build muscle as you age?
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As people age, the chemical signaling pathways in muscles become less potent, and it gets harder to build muscle and maintain strength. But the health benefits of strength training only increase with age.
When not hibernating, ground squirrels need to feast to store energy.
Months not eating or moving don’t result in muscle wasting and loss of function for animals that hibernate. New research found gut microbes help their hosts hold onto and use nitrogen to build proteins.
African Penguins are among the species affected by noises made by seismic underwater exploration.
There is plenty of work to do to ensure that other species, geographical areas and ecosystems across Africa are better understood through bioacoustics.
Nucleic acid vaccines use mRNA to give cells instructions on how to produce a desired protein.
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DNA and mRNA vaccines produce a different kind of immune response than traditional vaccines, allowing researchers to tackle some previously unsolvable problems in medicine.
Edward O. Wilson in his office in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, in 2014.
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E.O. Wilson was one of the world’s leading experts on ants, but his other passion was convincing humans to see themselves as part of the natural world.
Masks definitely catch some of the virus laden aerosols and droplets - and that will reduce transmission between people and the number of cases of COVID-19.
Octopus, crabs, prawns demonstrate clear signs of emotion, such as pain and ‘anxiety-like’ behaviour.
Millions of years of natural selection have prepared reindeer for Christmas Eve.
We studied 8,000 primate teeth and finally confirmed that humans are not the only living primate to suffer from cavities. But there are interesting differences.
Two-thirds of autism research funding in New Zealand is directed at biology and genetics. The autism community says improving support services and quality of life should be the priorities.
Sea otters are born with a supercharged metabolism.
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New research finds that ‘leaky mitochondria’ help keep sea otters warm.
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How to use TV and other tools to help dogs who suffer from anxiety or spend a lot of time at home alone.
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We discovered that the ability to be flexible and change behaviour in certain circumstances is just as important for birds as people.