Dogs use their tails to communicate.
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An anthropologist explains some of the many ways animals use their tails, from balancing as they walk to attracting a mate.
Some scientists believe the ‘free energy principle’ can explain the behaviour of all living things – but others say it paints the world with too broad a brush to be useful.
The round goby is an invasive fish that has become established in the St. Lawrence River over the past two decades, following its introduction into the Great Lakes.
Wetlands can help limit the spread of the voracious round goby, an invasive species that has infiltrated the Great Lakes and has become widespread in the St. Lawrence River.
Turner was the first scientist to prove certain insects could remember, learn and feel.
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The son of a formerly enslaved mother, Charles Henry Turner was the first to discover that bees and other insects have the ability to modify their behavior based on experience.
A great hammerhead shark’s two eyes can be 3 feet apart on opposite sides of its skull.
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The first hammerhead shark was likely the result of a genetic deformity. A biologist explains how shark DNA reveals hammerheads’ history.
Botany is disappearing from university modules in the UK.
Introductory science classes typically require students to memorize facts, rather than teaching them the basis of scientific thinking.
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College science classes often fall short of helping students see connections across subjects. Can a new approach make a difference?
Last year’s Tour de France winner was Tadej Pogacar, in the yellow jersey here – his second consecutive Tour title.
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Three scientists explain the biology and physics of what goes into one of the world’s most grueling races, the Tour de France.
The sound of the marine environment has been underestimated, mainly because it is not audible to the human ear.
The ocean is often considered a silent universe. But many recent studies highlight the importance of the soundscape for many marine species, both large and small.
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.