The slick of oil condensate from a stricken tanker in the East China Sea is a threat to all marine life, not least because it is invisible
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have crafted a compelling new chemical blueprint for the origin of life on Earth. "This was a black box for us," said Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, senior author of the new...
Some plants are coated in sand, and it seems the sand grains act like medieval armour that protects these “psammophorous” plants from munching caterpillars
Ever since we domesticated the cocoa tree over 3000 years ago, we have been breeding them to make tastier chocolate – but in the process we have made them vulnerable
Leading scientists pick the dozen most significant discoveries and developments of 2017 – from a steep decline in flying insects to a virus that can kill bacteria Continue reading...
Tardigrades can famously survive almost anything, including being sent into space, but the Antarctic species could face problems as a result of climate change
Parasitic crustaceans called castrator pea crabs spend most of their lives hiding in the sex organs of limpets, and that makes it difficult to find a mate
It turns out mushrooms aren't just great to eat, but played an essential role in creating an atmosphere suitable for animal life, according to a new study...
If a great tit eats something nasty, it will disgustedly wipe its beak on a branch – and other great tits watch and learn
Google Street View Trekker is traveling to Christmas Island this week to capture the migration of millions of red crabs. In what naturalist David Attenborough has described as one of nature's “most astonishing and wonderful...
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species
Even though other countries are clamping down on illegal ivory, the unconstrained trade in Japan may offer loopholes for criminals to keep selling ivory – fuelling elephant poaching
There are now only two viable populations of Sumatran tigers left in the wild, so if the cats are to be saved those areas have to be protected
Ring-tailed lemurs have experienced a precipitous decline over the last two decades and are now one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world
The first global “light census” shows that the area affected by artificial lighting is growing by 2.2 per cent every year, posing risks to wildlife and human health
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