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ScienceTake: For Fiddler Crabs, ‘Size Does Matter’

Male fiddler crabs wave an outsized claw to attract females — and the faster, the better, new research shows.
Do Female Praying Mantises Really Decapitate Mates?

Do Female Praying Mantises Really Decapitate Mates?

The female praying mantis: maneater or misaligned? Learn the science behind this popular semi-myth in this episode of BrainStuff.
More Evidence That Dogs ‘See’ the World With Their Powerful Noses

More Evidence That Dogs ‘See’ the World With Their Powerful Noses

Dogs are equipped with a powerful sense of smell, but scientists haven’t been sure if our canine companions are capable of linking an aroma or scent to a physical object. New research suggests this is
What's the Filthiest Animal?

What's the Filthiest Animal?

Ever since the 19th century, when disease was first linked to sewage-contaminated water, humans have gone to great lengths to escape their own filth. Meanwhile, animals have gone on reveling in the
Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

A male Savannah sparrow in prairie sagebrush near Brooks, Alberta.
Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

A male Savannah sparrow in prairie sagebrush near Brooks, Alberta.
Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

A male Savannah sparrow in prairie sagebrush near Brooks, Alberta.
Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

A male Savannah sparrow in prairie sagebrush near Brooks, Alberta.

Watch a Robot 'Hen' Adopt a Flock of Chicks

The PoulBot is teaching researchers about flocking behavior and about the cues animals need to fall in love with their robot overlords.
More Than 140 Whales Are Dead After Mass Stranding in Australia

More Than 140 Whales Are Dead After Mass Stranding in Australia

Rescuers in Australia’s Hamelin Bay are struggling to save six short-finned pilot whales out of an estimated 150 who beached themselves on the rocky shore earlier today. Read more...
Rising CO2 Levels Could Be Messing With Squid

Rising CO2 Levels Could Be Messing With Squid

Rising CO2 levels aren’t just dissolving coral reefs. They might be causing squid to act all kinds of weird. Read more...
Trilobites: Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Trilobites: Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Caribou from the Dolphin and Union population during a crossing to the Canadian mainland.
Trilobites: Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Trilobites: Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Caribou from the Dolphin and Union population during a crossing to the Canadian mainland.

Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes

Researchers have been super-gluing little barcodes to bumblebees in order to track their movements in unprecedented detail.

The Story Behind Japan’s Bathing Monkeys

For the famed snow monkeys, a troop of Japanese macaques that live near Nagano, soaking in hot springs eases the stress of cold winters. But how did they come to adopt this habit?

ScienceTake: Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan’s Popular Bathing Monkeys

Photogenic snow monkeys have been a long time tourist attraction, but only recently have scientists investigated their unusual behavior.

ScienceTake: Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan’s Popular Bathing Monkeys

Photogenic snow monkeys have been a long time tourist attraction, but only recently have scientists investigated their unusual behavior.

ScienceTake: Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan’s Popular Bathing Monkeys

Photogenic snow monkeys have been a long time tourist attraction, but only recently have scientists investigated their unusual behavior.
Brilliant Baboons Escape From Texas Biolab Using Their Captors' Own Barrels

Brilliant Baboons Escape From Texas Biolab Using Their Captors' Own Barrels

Using just a 55-gallon barrel, three baboons liberated themselves the confines of a biomedical research facility this weekend for about half an hour before they were captured and returned to