Infrared cameras can’t detect this combat suit

A protein found in squids is helping defence scientists create the world’s best camouflage combat suits. What’s best about the invention is that the material that mimics calamari skin is invisible to infrared cameras. Researchers [...]

Seal scientists

Elephant seals help climate scientists understand deepwater heating around Antarctica As elephant seals dove, swam and fed around an Antarctic ice shelf, sensors on their heads took measurements of the surrounding water. Credit: Lars Boehme Climate [...]

Penguins’ Explicit Sex Acts Shocked Captain Scott, the Polar Explorer

Hidden for nearly 100 years for being too “graphic,” a report of “hooligan” behaviors, including sexual coercion, by Adelie penguins observed during Captain Scott’s 1910 polar expedition have been uncovered and [...]

Caecilians: The other amphibian

By Roberta Kwok / May 16, 2012 Caecilians may look like snakes or worms, but they are neither. They’re amphibians, which means the curious creatures’ closest relatives are frogs and salamanders. Credit: john@measey.com John Measey flew [...]

Take my enemy, please

Relocated kangaroo rats can thrive when territorial rivals move with them Stephens’ kangaroo rats relocated to this new habitat were more likely to survive and have more pups when moved with their dear familiar enemies.Ken Bohn, San [...]

Food makes male flies frisky

Courtship in a classic lab insect is driven by fruity smells It’s the smell of food that gets male fruit flies in the romantic mood, says a new study exploring the sexual habits of Drosophila melanogaster. When trying to woo an attractive [...]

News in Brief: Life

Birds’ share of dinosaur extinction, the ‘battle’ between cattle and wildlife and more in this week’s news An extinction to crow about Ancient birds took a heavy hit in the global catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs, [...]

5 Reasons Parasites are Beneficial to the Earth

Parasites get a bad rap. By definition, parasites form a relationship that’s characterized by exploitation and dependence. They take advantage of their often-unwitting hosts’ hospitality, often leaving them sick and malnourished [...]

‘GPS brain cells’ seen in pigeons

Magnetic field lines indicate not only which way is north, but also give a general idea of latitude Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons’ brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth’s magnetic [...]

Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field

Birds are famously good navigators. Some migrate thousands of miles, flying day and night, even when the stars are obscured. And for decades, scientists have known that one navigational skill they employ is an ability to detect variations in [...]