/ Mar 30, 2017

Birds hit by cars are, well, bird-brained

What is the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don’t? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, said scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies. What might be called the “bird brain rule” applies to different species, depending on ...

/ Mar 23, 2017

Dinosaur-egg bandits caught Chinese police arrest

Chinese police have arrested a man accused of stealing dozens of fossilized dinosaur eggs, state media said Monday, but some eggs are still unaccounted for. The man surnamed Wang allegedly stole 80 eggs from a collector in Zhejiang province on the night of Jan. ...

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

/ Mar 17, 2017

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

The first naturally fluorescent frog was discovered recently in Argentina — almost by chance, a member of the team of researchers said Thursday. Argentine and Brazilian scientists at the Bernardino Rivadaiva Natural Sciences Museum made the discovery while studying the metabolic origin of pigments ...

Bees show unexpected ability to learn

/ Feb 24, 2017

Bees show unexpected ability to learn

Entice them with a sweet reward and bumblebees can be trained to roll a ball into a goal, revealing unexpectedly complex learning abilities for an insect, researchers said Thursday. The findings in the U.S. journal Science offer the first evidence that bees can learn ...

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

/ Feb 9, 2017

Gecko does 'striptease' to avoid becoming lunch

A newly discovered gecko uses a weird but ingenious tactic to evade capture: it strips down to its pink, naked skin and flees, leaving its attacker with a mouthful of scales, scientists have revealed. The hard, dense flakes come off with “exceptional ease” and ...