Female banded mongooses risk their lives to mate with rivals during pack ‘warfare’ and both males and females have also learned to discriminate between relatives and non-relatives to avoid inbreeding even when mating within their own social group.
Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to new research. The study helps explain how spiders are able to migrate across vast distances and why they are quick to colonize new areas.
Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious agent.
The author of a new study of evolutionary convergence argues that the development of life on Earth is predictable, meaning that similar organisms should therefore have appeared on other, Earth-like planets by now. So why do we appear to be all alone in the universe?
Researchers have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: don’t panic. A new study has analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that ‘southern pine decline’ isn’t happening on a large scale.
Researchers say farmland is a poor substitute for natural areas but simple improvements could make a difference to biodiversity conservation.
Birds that molt at the wrong time of the year could be disadvantaged, according to a new study. Birds depend on a full set of feathers for maximum efficiency when flying long distances, but the study shows that moulting has a detrimental effect on their flight performance.
Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.
St John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new research.
Each year, hundreds to thousands of fish aggregate at highly predictable times and locations to spawn, producing larvae that will spend at least a month in the plankton before settling to reef habitat. The larvae of some species of reef fish appear to survive better depending on the timing of when they were spawned, according to new research.