Nisha Mathais

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On the Battlefield, Ants Treat Each Other's War Wounds

A species of warmongering sub-Saharan ant not only rescues its battle-wounded soldiers but also treats their injuries.<p>This strikingly unusual …

These soldier ants rescue and nurse their wounded friends

A unique species of soldier ant braves the battlefield to rescue stricken comrades, scientists have found.<p>And badly-injured ones sacrifice themselves …

Researchers find African ants treat each others’ wounds after battle

Ants from an African species dress the wounds of their fellow “soldiers” after their army’s fierce battles with termites, in a newly discovered …

Ants armies use human-style battlefield medicine and treat each others' open wounds - new study

Ant armies employ a system of battlefield evacuation and emergency medicine similar to that used by humans, researchers have discovered.<p>Groundbreaking new observations of mass raids on termite colonies revealed the open wounds of injured ants are swiftly tended to by comrades in a bid to save them …

Fierce Warrior Ants Are The First Insects Ever Observed to Treat Their Wounded Soldiers

War is hell.<p>The war goes on. In a series of deadly raids day and night, the African Matabele ant sets out from its bunkered nests to hunt its prey: …

Fastest spin on Earth? For animals that rely on legs, scientists say one spider takes gold

There's no sneaking by this spider. New research from the University of California Merced and the California Academy of Sciences shows that …

How One of the Fastest Spinning Animals Catches Its Prey

A paper detailing the hunting technique of flattie spiders could be used for developing multi-legged robots in the future.<p>If you blinked, you would have missed it.<p>Flattie spiders or wall crab spiders, which make up the Selenopidae family, have the fastest leg-driven turning maneuver of any land …

Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.

For most prey, the game is over once they’ve been swallowed. But one species of beetle can escape from a toad’s stomach nearly two hours after being eaten, according to a new study.<p>Found in wooded areas on nearly every continent, bombardier beetles — a group that consists of more than 500 species — …

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

St Andrews

Last week in tech: Yes, Elon Musk really made a 'flamethrower'

Customers have purchased more than 7,000 flamethrowers so far for some reason.<p>Back in December, Elon Musk promised via Twitter that he would celebrate the sale of 50,000 hats with his company’s logo on them by releasing a branded flame thrower. Last week, he fulfilled that promise and it’s every …

Giant Invertebrates You Don't Want To Meet

Animals with backbones are generally considered much scarier than invertebrates, because savage spined beasts such as big cats, sharks and bears tear …

Invertebrates

When Frogs Fly

Wallace’s flying frog in flight. It uses the webbing between its toes to help it glide.<p>Mammals, reptiles, and even amphibians can actually glide …

Zoology

This Mysterious Tree Appears to Kill Birds Just For The Heck of It

Scientists can't work out why this tree keeps killing birds.<p>It's not unusual for plants to stick, prick, or entangle their seeds into some hapless …

Birds

18 new species of spider-eating spiders discovered

Eighteen new species of Madagascan spiders have been discovered, a report published on January 11 in the science journal <i>Zookeys</i> reveals.<p>Dr. Hannah …

The Strange Origin of a Manakin’s Golden Crown

Three related species of manakins occupy adjacent parcels of the Amazon rain forest: Opal-crowned, snow-capped and golden-crowned. They are all plump like sparrows, small enough to cup in a hand and have radiant yellow-green upper bodies with golden undersides.<p>Biologists are now unlocking the …

‘Assassin’ spiders impale their victims on a venomous pike, then watch as they die

Spiders are horrific creatures. Most of them are tiny and easy to deal with, yet they’re so scary. Spiders are just as afraid of you as you are of …

Singapore zoo unveils endangered species newborn babies

The 'Black Hole' Optical Illusion of the Bird of Paradise Explained

Black doesn't get much blacker than the plumage of male birds of paradise, and new research reveals why.<p>The blackest feathers of these rainforest …

Birds

Pelican Spiders Are the Weirdest-Looking Assassins You'll Ever See

Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the …

Zoology

These bird feathers are so black your eyes can't focus on them

It's like, how much more black could this be?<p>What do birds and aerospace engineers have in common? Both have invented incredibly dark, “super-black” surfaces that absorb almost every last bit of light that strikes them.<p>Of course scientists worked intentionally to devise these materials. It’s …

Birds

Scientists are stunned by this bird’s feathers, which are so black they absorb 99.9% of light

In nature, bright colors are useful in a variety of ways. Some insects sport eye-catching colors that warn would-be predators that they’re poisonous, …

Urban Birds Oust Bugs With Butts

The house sparrows and finches of Mexico City are proud to be called bird brains. And why not? They have figured out how to use one of the most …

Rare Hybrid Bird Discovered in the Amazon in a First

A rare, vivid green bird with radiant yellow head feathers is actually a unique hybrid species that lives in the Amazon rainforest, researchers have …

How These Deafening Shrimp Evolved Their Own Deadly Sonic Weapon

There are some shrimp species equipped with truly remarkable weaponry. The pistol shrimp’s massive claw closes with a powerful snap—louder than a …

The World's Oldest Known Wild Bird Is About to Become a Mum at 67, Baffling Scientists

We didn't think this was possible.<p>One Laysan albatross is brazenly defying the norms for her species. Wisdom, the world's oldest known wild bird, has …

Scientists have been trying really hard to figure out how this spider has a rainbow on its butt

We humans like to think of ourselves as the masters of design but sometimes Mother Nature shows us that we’re really just amateurs. That’s exactly …