Biology News

Sep 2, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to a new study published today in Nature, there are 3,041 billion trees on our planet, but over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees has fallen by 46 percent since the start of human civilization. Scientists estimate that about 1.39 trillion trees exist in tropical and subtropical forests, 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. “Trees are among the most prominent and critical...

Sep 2, 2015 by Sci-News.com

In a paper published online in Nature Communications, scientists detail how colonial siphonophores – gelatinous planktonic organisms related to jellyfish,...

Sep 1, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Nearly 60% of all seabird species, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, have plastic in their gut, according to a new study published in the...

Aug 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A newly-discovered species of leucothoid amphipod has been named after British singer and composer Sir Elton John. Leucothoe eltoni, male. Image credit:...

Aug 26, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The dust in our homes contains more than 5,000 different species of bacteria and around 2,000 species of fungi, according to a team of scientists who investigated...

Aug 26, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Meet the crusty nautilus (Allonautilus scrobiculatus), one of the rarest marine animals in the world. These pics are the first ones taken of this ‘living...

Aug 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A spectacular new species of freshwater crayfish, Cherax snowden, has been described from the Oinsok River Drainage, Sawiat District in the central part...

Aug 25, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown hepatovirus in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) that is the closest known relative of the human hepatitis...

Aug 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions reveals what the world map of mammals would look like if Homo sapiens had never existed. The...

Aug 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to a new paper published online in the journal Oryx, there have been no signs of the wild Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in Malaysia...

Aug 20, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new study, led by Dr Gabrielle Davidson at the University of Cambridge, shows that wild Eurasian jackdaws (Corvus monedula) recognize individual human...

Aug 20, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Spiders of the genus Selenops (Araneae: Selenopidae) have a unique ability to control their gliding fall, as if they were skydivers, according to a team...

Aug 19, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Since the 1830s, ornithologists have assumed that hummingbirds drink by capillary action (wicking), the passive process of a fluid rising into a narrow...

Aug 15, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists, directed by Dr Anandasankar Ray from the University of California – Riverside, has found that ants communicate using hydrocarbon...

Aug 15, 2015 by Sci-News.com

ROV (remotely operated vehicle) operators from Oceaneering International, a provider of oil exploration equipment, have captured fascinating footage of...

Aug 13, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus) should be elevated to the species level, says a team of scientists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. This...

Aug 10, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A new fleshbelly frog species has been discovered by an international team of scientists from Peru and the United States. Noblella madreselva shows a large...

Aug 10, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to a study of 214 species of terrestrial animals in the journal Science Advances, an animal’s ecological niche is a strong predictor of pupil...

Aug 6, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A team of scientists has made a surprising discovery about two previously known species of tree frogs from Brazil: they are actually venomous. The Greening’s...

Aug 6, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The larvae of the parasitic wasp Reclinervellus nielseni turn their host spiders Cyclosa argenteoalba into drugged navvys, to modify the web structure...