How does the songbird change its tune?

Researchers at UC San Francisco have shown how the Bengalese finch, a domesticated songbird, can learn to tweak its song in specific ways depending...

Are biologists overestimating number of new species?

A recent University of Kansas study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Ecology demonstrates the misuse and abuse of methods scientists commonly use to place boundaries...

Bonobos help strangers without being asked

A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of...

Advancing the science of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams

Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are waterways that cease to flow and sometimes dry. However, there is much left to learn about them,...

Do Animals Think Rationally?

Previous research has shown that animals can remember specific events, use tools and solve problems. But exactly what that means – whether they are...

How songbirds learn a new song

For a songbird, learning a new song is akin to a child learning a new language. Zebra finches approach this challenge step by step,...

Marine scientists discover a new way of catching prey

When it comes to feeding time sea slugs are the pirates of the underwater world - attacking prey that have just eaten in order...

How environment changes movement of animals

Theory explains how animals such as bats, insects and birds adjust movement behavior based on environment Environmental cues which could change animal movement...

The impact of wood preservatives on aquatic life

A recently published article in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, "Effects of Micronized and Nano-Copper Azole on Marine Benthic Communities" explores the risks to the smallest...

Can peatland plants adapt to climate change?

They account for just three per cent of the Earth's surface but play a major role in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions - and now...

DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest

The boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the...

Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation

Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting...