Animal World

Songbirds Like It Sweet!

Hong Kong, China — Humans can easily identify sweet-tasting foods – and with pleasure. However, many carnivorous animals lack this ability, and whether birds, descendants of meat-eating dinosaurs,...

Plastic contaminants harm sea urchins

Exeter, UK — Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research shows. Scientists soaked various plastic samples in seawater then removed the plastic...

Tarantula Toxin Attacks with Molecular Stinger

Seattle, WA — Oversized, hairy tarantulas may be unsightly and venomous, but surprisingly their hunter toxin may hold answers to better control of chronic pain. A bird-catching Chinese tarantula...

Domesticated Chickens Have Smaller Brains

Linköping, Sweden — Researchers from Linköping University suggest a process by which the timid junglefowl from the rain forest could have become today’s domesticated chicken. When the scientists...

Warming Climate Is Changing Where Birds Breed

Logan, UT — Spring is in full swing. Trees are leafing out, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and birds are singing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

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