Caspian tern chick.Credit: Kevin Rodriguez-WCS WCS reported today that in the late summer of 2016, a WCS field team led by Dr. Trevor Haynes monitored Caspian tern chicks through to fledging in Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska. This discovery...
Coral reefs provide many services to coastal communities, including critical protection from flood damage. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the U.S. Geological Survey reveals how valuable coral reefs are in...
Virginia Tech researchers have proven that a single gene can convert female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes into fertile male mosquitoes and identified a gene needed for male mosquito flight. Male mosquitoes do not bite and are unable to transmit pathogens to...
A seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) in the salt marshes. Credit: Andrea Bonisoli Alquati The ecological consequences of an environmental disaster can extend further than one may imagine as effects propagate through interconnected food webs. Most recently, researchers in the US...
Some of the world's largest, most spectacular and unheralded mammals are silently slipping away, species like Tibetan wild yaks and Patagonia's huemul, Bhutan's takin and Vietnam's saola. Even Africa's three species of zebras and wildebeest have suffered massive reductions...
Scientists probing one of the mysteries of the insect world have identified a powerful chemical weapon used in the arms race between fungus-farming leafcutter ants and the parasites that plague them. The existence of the behaviour-modifying chemical weapon emerged as...
A team of psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have purr-fected the art of building a bond with cats. The new study "The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication," published online in the Nature journal Scientific...
When dog-parents spend extra time scratching their dogs' bellies, take their dogs out for long walks and games of fetch, or even when they feel constant frustration over their dogs' naughty chewing habits, they are gradually shaping their dogs'...
Frigatebirds reaches a wingspan of over two meters. They are excellent gliders and can cover several hundred kilometers a day.© B. Voirin Birds engage in all types of sleep in flight, but in remarkably small amounts. For the first time, researchers...
A recent study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports highlights a newly identified virus -- named Moku after the Hawaiian Island from which it was isolated -- in the invasive wasp, Vespula pensylvanica. The research also warns that...
Most of us know that our biological sex is decided by the pairing of X and Y chromosomes during conception. However, for many wildlife species, sex of offspring is determined after fertilization and often influenced by environmental factors, such as...