Nature / Wildlife

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Published 16/10/2017

Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person. [more…]

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

Published 09/10/2017

Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma. [more…]

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

Published 05/10/2017

When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick. [more…]

Crayfish staff help Czech brewery keep its water as pure as can be

Crayfish staff help Czech brewery keep its water as pure as can be

Published 29/09/2017

Crayfish equipped with high-tech sensors have been drafted in by a Czech brewery in its quest to keep their water supply pure. [more…]

Oh, rats! Big tree-dwelling rodent found in Solomon Islands

Oh, rats! Big tree-dwelling rodent found in Solomon Islands

Published 28/09/2017

People living on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean long had spoken of a big, tree-dwelling rat called vika that inhabited the rainforest, but the remarkable rodent managed to elude scientists -- until now. [more…]

Happy 350,000th birthday: Study pushes back Homo sapiens origins

Happy 350,000th birthday: Study pushes back Homo sapiens origins

Published 28/09/2017

Genetic data from the skeletal remains of seven people who lived centuries ago in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province is offering intriguing new evidence that our species, Homo sapiens, is older than previously believed. [more…]

Canadian rocks hold some of oldest evidence of life on Earth

Canadian rocks hold some of oldest evidence of life on Earth

Published 27/09/2017

Rocky outcrops in eastern Canada contain what may be some of the oldest evidence of life on Earth, dating back about 3.95 billion years. [more…]

Feeling crabby: Plant-eating dinosaurs snacked on crustaceans

Feeling crabby: Plant-eating dinosaurs snacked on crustaceans

Published 21/09/2017

Some plant-eating dinosaurs apparently liked a side order of crabs to go with their usual salad. [more…]

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

Liquid cats, crocodile bets and didgeridoos win Ig Nobel science prizes

Published 15/09/2017

Scientists taking on the deep questions of whether cats are liquid or solid, how holding a crocodile influences gambling and whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring were honored Thursday at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards. [more…]

No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque`s `selfie` is settled

No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque`s `selfie` is settled

Published 12/09/2017

A novel U.S. legal battle over who owned a famous smiling "selfie" taken by a critically endangered monkey six years ago - the animal who snapped the picture or the nature photographer who owned the camera - has been settled out of court. [more…]