Wildlife and Nature

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Frog slime could prevent the next flu pandemic

Never doubt the power of the humble frog. These miracles of nature might just help us sail through flu season.<p>You don't know what you've got 'til …

Flu

These male birds like to keep their wives happy and well-fed

Happy wife, happy life! Humans aren't the only ones to worry about keeping "the wife" happy while she focuses on bringing the next generation of …

Zoology

Birds respond to human noise by singing louder, shorter songs

Songbirds are trying to communicate over our cacophony.<p>I often go trail running in the the wooded hills behind my house during the "blue hour" — that …

The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorses

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Biodiversity

Frog slime contains a molecule that could help us fight the flu

The molecule is named after a whip-shaped Indian sword<p>A molecule from the slime of a colorful Indian frog kills some flu strains and could provide a promising route for new treatments.<p>In a study published today in the journal <i>Immunity</i>, researchers caught the Indian frog <i>Hydrophylax bahuvistara</i> and …

Microbiology

Researchers Discover New Species of Giant Spider

Tiny, dainty spiders no bigger than a Tic-Tac probably won’t send your blood pressure rising. But the 4-inch-long, red-fanged Sierra Cacachilas …

Science

Blanket of Spiderwebs Covers Entire Field

Visitors to a New Zealand park recently found the grass blanketed not by flowers, but by silk webs produced by what appeared to be thousands of tiny …

This snake tried to bite a motorcyclist in Thailand, and the footage is terrifying

We have no idea what’s up with the world’s reptiles lately, but yet another slithering, scaled creature has made unwanted contact with a human in the …

Wildlife

Wildlife crime 'threatens nearly half the world's heritage sites'

<b>Poaching, illegal logging and fishing are threatening endangered species in some of the world's most iconic natural sites, according to a report.</b><p>Conservation charity WWF says almost half of the world's 200 designated heritage sites are "plagued" by wildlife criminals.<p>These include the last refuges …

Ecosystems
Biology

Quirky Facts About The American Bald Eagle

<b>Quirky Facts About The American Bald Eagle</b><p>You probably know that the Bald Eagle is America’s national bird and symbol of freedom. But there’s more …

Wildlife

Sorry, sponges. The earliest animals were jellies

For about a decade, zoologists have been hotly debating what creatures deserve the title of oldest branch of the animal family tree. Most believed it …

Biology

When life throws you a curveball, think of this little red panda

You've had a day when you woke up feeling really gung-ho. You slept well, you had a good breakfast and even the traffic worked in your favor. Nothing …

Noisy new shrimp species earns a rock 'n' roll name

A new species of shrimp discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama has been named after the band Pink Floyd — <i>Synalpheus pinkfloydi</i> — not only because …

Nature

Bizarre new species of crab lives entirely in trees

Crabs might occasionally climb trees, but this is the first documented species that makes them home.<p>Crabs that live in trees? It's official: Mother …

Biodiversity

Is pollen the future of forensic science?

Pollen can link people to places and times — and even crimes.<p>Palynology is the study of pollen. It's used to examine plant relationships, date …

5 ways badgers will surprise you

Meet the burly burrowing members of the Mustelidae family.<p>Badgers are known as the gruff and grumpy residents of hillsides and prairies. These …

Nature

What Antarctic Killer Whales Can Teach Humans About Climate Change

The giant mammals are extremely vulnerable to changes in the ecosystem, making their health a good barometer for the state of the environment.<p>They stood on the top bridge of the cruise ship <i>National Geographic Explorer</i>, peering through binoculars at the vast icy Weddell Sea. It was a summer …

Whales

These capybaras escaped the zoo for a summer of love. Now they're back, with babies.

They look kind of like guinea pigs — if guinea pigs grew to be a hundred pounds.<p>They love water and have webbed feet and short, vestigial tails.<p>And on Saturday, I came face-to-face — or more like microphone-to-snout, with the world's most famous capybaras.<p>I visited Toronto's High Park Zoo, where …

Wildlife

The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide

The wall could cut off a Texas wildlife refuge and the habitat of big, beautiful cats.<p>During the campaign, it was easy to scoff at President Donald Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful” concrete wall along the US-Mexico border. It sounded, well, preposterous.<p>But now the prospect of a border …

Ecosystems

Butterflies Can Be Parasites

Britain's rarest butterfly is the simply-named large blue, once coveted by collectors and almost driven to extinction. Now it is legally protected …

Nature

Newborn mountain lion is the poster kitten for wildlife corridors

The National Parks Service is celebrating the birth of a new mountain lion kitten born in the Santa Monica Mountains. But while the tiny, blue-eyed …

Wildlife

This rare wild dog species hasn't been photographed in more than 50 years

Considered to be perhaps the rarest wild dog in the world, the New Guinea highland wild dog has been spotted on camera for the first time in over …

Zoology

In baby otter's first try, water is no fun

Otters are the graceful acrobats of rivers and oceans, deftly navigating the waters' currents. It's easy, then, to imagine how quickly they would …

Otters

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Cactus flowers, a former circus bear and a baby elephant are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Nature Photography

What's the difference between native and endemic species?

6 species categorizations that every animal lover should understand.<p>The movement of species around the globe raises complex questions about what is …

Biodiversity

This polka dot tree frog has a cool party trick to show you

The South American polka dot tree frog is adorable under any circumstances, with a pale yellow body and signature dots. However, it has a secret that …

Zoology
Ecosystems