DNA may not be life’s instruction book, but just a jumbled list of ingredients. University of Maryland researcher develops potentially revolutionary framework for heredity and evolution in which inheritable information is stored outside the genome. The common view of heredity is that all information passed down from one generation to […]

Willow tit (Poecile montanus) in flight in Kittilä, Finland. Poecile montanus: Dispersal ability has a prominent latitudinal gradient; species that live in temperate regions, like this Willow Tit, can on average fly farther than those that live in the tropics. Credit: Estormiz Bird wings adapted for long-distance flight are linked […]

A sword-tailed cricket. Credit: Dr. Marc Holderied, University of Bristol Researchers have uncovered the highly efficient strategy used by a group of crickets to distinguish the calls of predatory bats from the incessant noises of the nocturnal jungle. The findings, led by scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Graz […]

Flowering strip plants like sunflowers can help increase bee reproduction, according to a new study. Credit: Photo courtesy of Ben Barnhart Flowering strips – pollinator-friendly rows of plants that increase foraging habitat for bees – can help offset pollinator decline but may also bring risks of higher pathogen infection rates […]

Research from the University of Sheffield has revealed why some bird species take longer to develop than others Findings could help scientists predict how animals will adapt to climate breakdown and habitat destruction The study is the first to consider the importance of lifestyle, environment, evolutionary history, and body size […]

An illustration of Calcaivis, an early relative of ostriches and cassowaries that lived 52 million years ago, showing its iridescent feathers. Credit: Velizar Simeonovski Cassowaries are big flightless birds with blue heads and dinosaur-looking feet; they look like emus that time forgot, and they’re objectively terrifying. They’re also, along with […]

Arabidopsis growing in the Coruzzi Lab at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology. Credit: New York University Findings have implications for increasing plant nitrogen use efficiency, reducing reliance on fertilizers. Plant scientists have long known that crop yield is proportional to the dose of nitrogen fertilizer, but the increased […]

A cellular pathway in plants to sense danger signals and elicit a response. Credit: Tokyo University of Science Scientists uncover how oral secretions of the cotton leaf worm trigger defense responses in a plant. In nature, every species must be equipped with a strategy to be able to survive in […]

From left, Graduate Student Gustaf E. Degen, Research Technician Dawn Worrall, and Senior Lecturer Elizabete Carmo-Silva from Lancaster University discovered that swapping just one amino acid creates a better helper enzyme that can trigger photosynthesis more efficiently at higher temperatures in wheat. Credit: RIPE project Researchers working on molecular-level responses […]

The research team analysed rock juggling in Asian small-clawed (Aonyx cinereus) and smooth-coated (Lutrogale perspicillata) otters found in zoo environments. Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown. Researchers from the University of Exeter have carried out an extensive study into […]