Nature | September 25th, 2016, 16:10 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study by University of Otago researchers, pigeons (Columbidae) can learn to distinguish real words from non-words by visually processing their letter combinations.
Nature | June 17th, 2016, 21:51 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Kyoto University researcher Saho Takagi, domestic cats (Felis catus) really have a certain understanding for elements of physics and the cause-and-effect principle.
Nature | June 14th, 2016, 22:06 CEST | by Kovu
Birds have significantly more neurons packed into their brains than are stuffed into mammalian and even primate brains of the same mass, a new study finds.
Nature | June 14th, 2016, 21:11 CEST | by Kovu
Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea) on Piak Nam Yai, one of Thailand's islands, are using stone tools to process and eat shellfish and nuts, a new study led by Dr. Michael Haslam from the University of Oxford shows.
Nature | June 7th, 2016, 21:30 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, fish can discriminate between human faces.
Nature | May 30th, 2016, 20:47 CEST | by Kovu
Rosetta - the ESA spacecraft that successfully landed a probe on a comet back in 2014 - detected two essential ingredients for life on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: glycine and phosphorus.
Nature | April 22nd, 2016, 21:06 CEST | by Kovu
Good news for the indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti): the highly threatened tiger species - which has been declared extinct in Cambodia a while back - is going to be reintroduced to the Mondulkiri protected forest in the far east of the country.
Nature | April 8th, 2016, 23:54 CEST | by Kovu
It looks like a plant-based diet of an animal no longer means it wouldn't be killing for food: researchers have observed for the first time that a herbivorous mammal is willingly killing interspecific competitors. To be more precise, the fierce, bloodthirsty creature we're talking about isn't a crocodile, raptor, cat or wolf... it's the innocent looking prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus)!
Nature | 28. März 2016, 16:21 CEST | by Kovu
Mittels "Gene Drive" wollen Biochemiker das Erbgut ganzer Spezies verändern. Krankheiten wie Malaria oder Dengue sollen so ausgerottet werden. Aber dürfen wir das?
Nature | March 28th, 2016, 12:37 CEST | by Kovu
The waterfall climbing cave fish (Cryptotora thamicola) - a blind hillstream loach (Balitoridae) that can walk up rocks in fast-flowing water or on wet surfaces - walks and climbs waterfalls in a manner comparable to terrestrial vertebrates, a new study led by Dr. Brooke Flammang from New Jersey Institute of Technology finds.
Nature | March 14th, 2016, 16:17 CET | by Kovu
Japanese biologists described a newfound species of bacterium (Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6) that breaks down plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyze poly[ethylene terephthalate] (PET).
Nature | March 8th, 2016, 22:27 CET | by Kovu
Japanese tits (Parus minor) use syntax to communicate important compound messages, a new study led by Toshitaka Suzuki from Rikkyo University finds.
Nature | February 12th, 2016, 22:01 CET | by Kovu
Domestic horses (Equus caballus) are able to distinguish between positive and negative human facial expressions, a new study done by researchers from the University of Sussex finds.
Nature | February 4th, 2016, 22:49 CET | by Kovu
In a new study on common ravens (Corvus corax) led by University of Vienna's Dr. Thomas Bugnyar, researchers show that ravens really take into account the visual access of others, even when they cannot see a conspecific.
Nature | January 25th, 2016, 23:07 CET | by Kovu
Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) - carnivorous plants that sense the arrival of insects with trigger hairs - can count, a new study led by Dr. Rainer Hedrich of the Universität Würzburg finds.
Nature | January 16th, 2016, 23:20 CET | by Kovu
Researchers from the University of São Paulo and the University of Lincoln (UK) found that dogs (Canis familiaris) can recognize emotions in both dogs and humans by combining information from different senses.
Nature | January 3rd, 2016, 16:19 CET | by Kovu
Chemists at Colorado State University have developed a completely recyclable, biodegradable polymer, called poly(GBL).
Nature | December 20th, 2015, 16:49 CET | by Kovu
Scientists from the United Kingdom observed tool use by greater vasa parrots (Coracopsis vasa), birds from Madagascar and the Comoros.
Nature | October 9th, 2015, 15:09 CEST | by Kovu
Mammalogists from the USA, Indonesia and Australia have discovered a new genus and species of shrew rat in the north peninsula of Sulawesi Island, Indonesia: Hyorhinomys stuempkei.
Nature | August 10th, 2015, 19:02 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Prof. Martin Banks from the University of California (Berkeley) sheds light on the question why animal eyes have different pupil shapes.
Nature | July 31st, 2015, 22:09 CEST | by Kovu
A new genetic study led by Dr. Klaus-Peter Koepfli and Dr. Robert Wayne confirms what's been suggested for a while now: the African golden jackal is a distinct lineage from the Eurasian golden jackal (Canis aureus).
Nature | July 3rd, 2015, 21:29 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Dr. Sabrina Engesser from the University of Zurich reveals that the chestnut-crowned babbler from Australia is capable of creating new meaning in their language by rearranging combinations of meaningless sounds in its calls.
Nature | June 23rd, 2015, 21:29 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Dr. Gerardo Ceballos from the Universidad Autónoma de México, Earth is currently entering its sixth major mass extinction event.
Nature | June 11th, 2015, 23:14 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Prof. Chris Exley of Keele University (UK) and his colleagues suggests that aluminium could be a critical factor in pollinator decline.
Nature | June 3rd, 2015, 22:25 CEST | by Kovu
A small passerine bird from Australia, called the brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), has been observed to mimic hawk warning calls of neighboring bird species to protect its nest from predators such as the pied currawong (Strepera graculina).
Nature | February 23rd, 2015, 00:41 CET | by Kovu
According to a new study released in Proceedings B of Royal Society, honey bees and bumblebees could profit from growing plants like tobacco in terms of beating parasites.
Nature | February 18th, 2015, 21:36 CET | by Kovu
According to new research led by Prof. Vladimir Dinets from the University of Tennessee, who already discovered that crocodilians can use lures to hunt, these reptiles can be very playful characters too.
Nature | February 18th, 2015, 00:06 CET | by Kovu
According to genetic scientists led by Prof. Jianzhi Zhang from the University of Michigan, penguins (members of Spheniscidae) lack three out of five basic vertebrate tastes: sweet, umami and bitter.
Nature | February 7th, 2015, 23:55 CET | by Kovu
It appears that human language isn't as unique as many believe it to be: according to a new study led by Dr. Simon Townsend from the University of Zurich, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) use learned referential food calls that are independent from those of other clans than their own.
Nature | January 21st, 2015, 17:28 CET | by Kovu
According to the WWF, a new estimation report on bengal tigers offers a ray of hope for these highly threatened cats. While in 2010 the indian tigers numbered around 1'700, the most recent estimation reveals that the population has recovered to 2'226 animals.
Nature | January 17th, 2015, 23:16 CET | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Dr. Ulrike Bauer from the University of Bristol, carnivorous pitcher plants temporarily deactivate their trap surfaces in order to lure more ants to the trap.
Nature | January 2nd, 2015, 22:01 CET | by Kovu
A team of ornithologists led by Dr. Henry Streby from the University of California, Berkeley observed golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) that left their regular breeding grounds days ahead of the arrival of several severe, tornado-producing storms.
Nature | December 22nd, 2014, 23:15 CET | by Kovu
Marine biologists from the University of Hawaii, Schmidt Ocean Institute and the University of Aberdeen have captured video footage of several deepsea fish in the Mariana Trench, including a new type of snailfish at depths of 8'145 meters – the greatest depth a fish has ever been observed.
Nature | December 7th, 2014, 16:18 CET | by Kovu
A new study on electric eels (Electrophorus electricus) reveals that these fish don't just send electro shocks to paralyse their prey: they actually even 'remote control' prey that tries to hide from them.
Nature | November 4th, 2014, 22:22 CET | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Dr. Richard Inger from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute, Europe has lost 421 million birds compared to three decades ago.
Nature | October 31st, 2014, 00:11 CET | by Kovu
News like these are rare in todays world, where mankind continuously destroys natural habitats of wildlife: the population of the Hood Island Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis) on the Galapagos island of Española has recovered from once 15 to now 1000 individuals. The population is self-sustaining, a new study says.
Nature | August 30th, 2014, 00:50 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Dr. Hans Larsson of McGill University in Montreal shows what might have happened when the first marine vertebrates tried to walk out of the water.
Nature | July 3rd, 2014, 23:15 CEST | by Kovu
A new study on the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) shows that the kangaroo tail propels and powers pentapedal locomotion.
Nature | June 16th, 2014, 21:45 CEST | by Kovu
Ornithologists led by Dr. Trevor Price of the University of Chicago have described a new family and genus of passerine birds: Elachura formosa (Elachuridae).
Nature | June 5th, 2014, 21:50 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Dr. Michael Kearney from the University of Melbourne finds that koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) rest in a tree-hugging position for thermoregulation purposes when heat waves occur.
Nature | April 11th, 2014, 23:35 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Prof. Nicola Clayton from the University of Cambridge, male eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) are able to disengage from their own current desires in order to feed their female partner the food that she wants.
Nature | April 7th, 2014, 19:25 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study, the australian dingo (Canis dingo / Canis lupus dingo) must be seen as a distinct member of the dog family, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed.
Nature | April 6th, 2014, 13:07 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Prof. Tim Caro from the University of California at Davis definitely nails zebra-striping down to the biting flies.
Nature | 6. April 2014, 12:13 CEST | by Kovu
Das Birdlife-Naturzentrum Neeracherried beherbergt seit neuestem den ersten Vogelflugsimulator der Welt.
Nature | March 4th, 2014, 23:43 CET | by Kovu
French scientists have discovered and resurrected a new genus of giant virus that was captured in 30'000-year-old ice from north-eastern Siberia, Russia: Pithovirus sibericum.
Nature | March 3rd, 2014, 12:08 CET | by Kovu
Obesity is an inflammatory disease, a new rat study shows...
Nature | February 26th, 2014, 23:57 CET | by Kovu
Scientists from Hungary led by Dr. Attila Andics of MTA-ELTE’s Comparative Ethology Research Group find that dogs have dedicated voice areas in their brains, just as people do.
Nature | February 17th, 2014, 20:21 CET | by Kovu
Marine scientists from the UK propose a new method of identifying and counting whales: high resolution satellite imagery.
Nature | February 2nd, 2014, 20:55 CET | by Kovu
According to a video-documented report by WildLifeRisk, there's a Chinese slaughterhouse processing at least 600 big sharks a year, including highly vulnerable species like the whale shark, basking shark and the great white.
Nature | January 31st, 2014, 21:34 CET | by Kovu
A newly discovered bacteriophage kills anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and could open new ways to treat infections of the anthrax bacterium and its relatives.
Nature | January 17th, 2014, 22:29 CET | by Kovu
A new genetic analysis of dog (Canis lupus familiaris), wolf (Canis lupus) and golden jackal (Canis aureus) suggests that dogs and wolves evolved (unlike what is generally believed) from a common ancestor between 11'000 and 16'000 years ago.
Nature | December 12th, 2013, 18:02 CET | by Kovu
A new study observed tool use by American alligator and mugger crocodiles, reporting the first known case of predators timing the use of lures to a seasonal behavior of prey.
Nature | November 3rd, 2013, 13:34 CET | by Kovu
According to a new study, the eye-color of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) changes with the seasons from gold to blue, enhancing night vision capabilities.
Nature | September 6th, 2013, 23:18 CEST | by Kovu
A new study suggests that many genes in animals that developed the same abilities in fact mutated for the same sequences... for example in Bats and dolphins, of which each developed the remarkable ability to echolocate.
Nature | August 25th, 2013, 18:36 CEST | by Kovu
The rise of dolphin deaths puzzles U.S. scientists. Nearly 300 of the animals have died along the East Coast as of August 20.
Nature | August 16th, 2013, 22:45 CEST | by Kovu
Biologists Renato Bender and Nicole Bender have now proven that apes can swim, disagreeing with the strong belief that missing swimming behavior marks one of the essential differences between humans and apes.
Nature | August 15th, 2013, 23:45 CEST | by Kovu
New research shows that even plants benefit from eavesdropping on chemical cues from their attackers: they "listen" to the environment and prepare for a response.
Nature | August 7th, 2013, 21:43 CEST | by Kovu
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have the longest lasting memory among non-humans, a new study by Dr. Jason Bruck of Chicago's Institute for Mind and Biology says.
Nature | 5. August 2013, 13:58 CEST | by Kovu
Ein neuer Trend und Studien geben nun einen Lichtblick, was den Herdenschutz (und damit auch den Schutz der Wölfe) angeht: Lamas und Alpakas als Schutztiere.
Nature | July 27th, 2013, 16:52 CEST | by Kovu
Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) use names to call each other, new research reveals.
Nature | July 14th, 2013, 12:23 CEST | by Kovu
Scientists led by Dr. Simon Oliver from the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project have observed that pelagic thresher sharks hunt schooling sardines by rapidly slapping their tails hard enough to stun or kill several of the smaller fish at once.
Nature | July 5th, 2013, 23:01 CEST | by Kovu
A new study led by Dr. Alice Auersperg from the Vienna University shows now that the Tanimbar Corella can solve complex mechanical problems that involve undoing a series of locks one after another.
Nature | June 28th, 2013, 20:45 CEST | by Kovu
According to a new study led by Dr. Bryan Fry from the University of Queensland, the oral flora of Komodo dragons does not differ from any other carnivore.
Nature | June 27th, 2013, 21:47 CEST | by Kovu
Ornithologists have discovered a new bird species in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia: Orthotomus chaktomuk - the cambodian tailorbird.
Nature | June 27th, 2013, 21:21 CEST | by Kovu
Scientists lead by Dr. Ludovic Orlando from the University of Copenhagen have sequenced and analyzed short pieces of DNA preserved in bones from an early middle Pleistocene horse that had been kept frozen for the last 700'000 years in permafrost in Canada.
Nature | June 22nd, 2013, 17:26 CEST | by Kovu
A new study reveals that users who enjoy one or two alcoholic drinks a day tend to perform better on cognitive tasks than teetotallers and heavier drinkers, same as that the optimal sleep time seems to be seven hours, with performance worsening for every hour of sleep lost or added.
Nature | June 19th, 2013, 22:11 CEST | by Kovu
A new study on cheetahs in the wild reveals that these predators actually only run at moderate speeds when hunting.
Nature | June 13th, 2013, 21:50 CEST | by Kovu
Biologists lead by Anastasia Dalziell of the Australian National University have found that male Superb Lyrebirds (Menura novaehollandiae) coordinate song with dance as part of an elaborate mating ritual.
Nature | June 10th, 2013, 22:08 CEST | by Kovu
About 97% of birds sport little or nothing in the way of a phallus, despite reproduction by internal fertilization. A new study published in Current Biology shows now that the development of chicken penises is cut short by signals that promote cell death.
Nature | June 4th, 2013, 22:49 CEST | by Kovu
Dr. Julian Hume and Dr. Lorna Steel from the Natural History Museum (UK) studied the 'musket balls' of Solitaires, and they found that they were indeed a weapon which was not found in any other bird species.
Nature | May 30th, 2013, 21:12 CEST | by Kovu
Russian scientists claim to have found liquid mammoth blood and 'intact' muscle tissue in eastern siberia. The discovery was made inside a carcass of a female mammoth that has died between 10'000 and 15'000 years ago.
Nature | May 26th, 2013, 17:32 CEST | by Kovu
A new study, done by a team of genetic scientists from Peking University in Beijing, reveals what is responsible for the unusual coloration of white tigers: the pigment gene SLC45A2, which fails to produce the red color, but leaves the black pigments intact.
Nature | April 18th, 2013, 22:20 CEST | by Kovu
An international team of scientists led by Chris Amemiya has decoded the genome of the African coelacanth.
Nature | April 2nd, 2013, 21:36 CEST | by Kovu
While the north pole's sea ice shrunk substantially over the past three decades, the antarctic sea ice expanded considerably over the same period of time. Richard Bintanja and his colleagues published a new study now, explaining this polar paradox.
Nature | April 1st, 2013, 21:57 CEST | by Kovu
WWF's Indonesia monitoring team found fresh rhino-like trails on Borneo, with a follow-up survey confirming these findings.
Nature | March 22nd, 2013, 23:41 CET | by Kovu
A new DNA study on the 'elusive' giant squid (Architeuthis) reveals that it's the same species which is distributed world-wide.
Nature | March 21st, 2013, 22:10 CET | by Kovu
According to a WWF-report, the critically endangered amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is recovering fast, thanks to efforts made through WWF and the Kremlin.
Nature | March 4th, 2013, 17:41 CET | by Kovu
Scientists have resurrected up to 3 billion year old proteins that are ancestors of the enzymes (beta-lactamases) that enable todays antibiotic-resistant bacteria of defending themselves against huge doses of penicillins, cephalosporins and other drugs.
Nature | January 28th, 2013, 09:54 CET | by Kovu
Biologists - led by Dr Marie Dacke of Lund University in Sweden - have discovered that African dung beetles use the Sun, the Moon, and the starry sky for orientation.
Nature | January 11th, 2013, 22:26 CET | by Kovu
One of the most important remaining habitats for endangered species (especially the bengal tiger) seems to retreat massively, year by year: the Sundarbans mangrove forests.
Nature | 16. Dezember 2012, 16:21 CET | by Kovu
Gemäss dem aktuellsten WWF-Bericht wird die Überfischung im gesamten EU-Raum durch die Fischereiminister legalisiert.
Nature | December 10th, 2012, 18:53 CET | by Kovu
It's one of the rarest and shyest cats cats in the world, and it hasn't even been classified before 2006: the sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi). Now, a biologist and wildlife videographer managed to capture the first closeup video of this rare cat.
Nature | December 10th, 2012, 18:18 CET | by Kovu
A tiger was electrocuted on Monday after poachers laid live wires between the Majhgavan nursery and the famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. And that just shortly after a tigress has been trapped and killed in the same state... a tigress that followed on the electrocution of another tiger back in June.
Nature | November 24th, 2012, 23:02 CET | by Kovu
For those who don't know Lonesome George: he was a galapagos tortoise, actually the last one of its kind (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni), which died the 24th of June this year. But ...
Nature | November 11th, 2012, 17:03 CET | by Kovu
Fairy-wrens teach their eggs a secret password that later allows the nestlings to be fed by the parents. If the chicks don't chirp the 'password', they won't be fed.
Nature | November 6th, 2012, 21:19 CET | by Kovu
Blind mole rats are cancer-proof. Scientists at the University of Rochester have now examined how spalax fight the disease.