Despite their “miniature brains,” honeybees can harness both long-term rules and short-term memory in order to solve math problems.
By Vicky Stein
The fictional Sherlock Holmes could read footprints — in soil, snow, carpet, dust and even blood. Researchers today are similarly using tracks caught in stone — plus a robot — to recreate a creature that lived 300 million years ago.
By Vicky Stein
Rats could get access to an all-you-can-eat buffet of garbage during the government shutdown as uncollected trash piles up.
By Jamie Leventhal
With sea ice reduced, polar bear attacks are rising. Concerned Inuit communities want to increase hunting quotas, but researchers are testing new technologies they hope will reduce these often deadly confrontations.
By Gloria Dickie, Yale Environment 360
By Gabriela Quirós, KQED Science
Every year, hundreds of thousands of kittens end up in animal shelters, in need of permanent homes. So researchers and shelters are trying to figure out ways to make it easier.
By Teresa Carey
The average adult yawns 20 times per day. And when you feel a yawn coming on, it can be nearly impossible to suppress. But why does being around other yawners make you yawn?…
By Amanda Grennell
Spiders don’t have wings, but they can fly across entire oceans on long strands of silk. For more than a century, scientists thought it was the wind that carried them, but a new study shows the Earth’s electric field can…
By Robert Lennox, Austin Gallagher, Euan Ritchie, Steven J. Cooke, The Conversation
When humans have conflicts with wildlife, the first reaction is often to cull them. But there's little evidence that it works.
By Rashmi Shivni
Are cats smarter? Or are dogs? When scientists counted the brain cells in these animals, there was a clear winner. But the latest research on animal intelligence challenges all of the old-school notions of what it means to be smart.
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