Purely physical and chemical processes can deceive us into thinking that life is present, when it actually is not.
When we try to recreate simpler versions of natural ecosystems, we invariably make mistakes, argues author and biologist Rob Dunn.
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
Parasites aren’t limited to just worms and ticks. Even some plants like to feed off others — and they perhaps could help fight invasive species.
Despite the wide diversity of spider species, most orb-weavers seem to follow the same playbook when building their webs.
Social conflicts can leave molecular marks on animals, according to recent research on the ant species Harpegnathos saltator.
Virgin birth – which involves the development of an unfertilised egg – has preoccupied humans for aeons. And although it can’t happen in mammals, it does seem to be possible in […]
It could be a sign that your dog is paying increased attention.
A 12-year study shows that these large lemurs have a sophisticated sense of rhythm.
The list includes eleven species of birds, eight species of freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat, and a plant from the mint family.
Linguistic laws are remarkably versatile and have applications in ecology, microbiology, epidemiology, demographics, and geography.
A new study suggests that hunting dogs' barks convey emotional information about the animals they see.
These animals to grow scalpel-sharp and precisely shaped tools that are resistant to breaking.
Yet another ocean monster has been discovered.
Technology designed to listen for atomic bombs can also hear tornadoes.
It walked enough miles to nearly circle the Earth twice.
These enormous centipedes are straight out of science fiction.
Sometimes, new combinations of preexisting things revolutionize life.
A genetic study of British Columbia grizzly bears finds a weird link to local human languages.
While a squirrel's life may look simple to human observers – climb, eat, sleep, repeat – it involves finely tuned cognitive skills.
The brain of an ancient bird offers clues to the survival of its modern-day relatives.
Scientists discover surviving viruses in 15,000-year-old glacier ice on the Tibetan Plateau in China.
A study finds that baby mammals dream about the world they are about to experience to prepare their senses.
Australian parrots have worked out how to open trash bins, and the trick is spreading across Sydney.
Evolution proves to be just about as ingenious as Nikola Tesla
The ethical debate over zoos is going to grow louder. There might be a solution that involves robots.