Puffins Seen Using Tools, Breaking Dumb-Puffin Stereotypes
Reputed to be a less intelligent bird species, puffins have been observed scratching themselves with sticks.
The Quantum Random Number Generator
It’s real. And it will use quantum entanglement to generate true mathematical randomness. Here’s why that matters.
The Mysterious Gynandromorph
Gynandromorphy is an extremely rare condition in which an animal is half male and half female. It's most visible in birds and butterflies.
The Great Seaweed Invasion
In the Caribbean, sargassum deposits have grown to unprecedented sizes, obscuring the sand and turning nearshore waters into seething sargassum soup.
Is Human Mistreatment of Animals Killing Our Planet?
Most people treat animals as tools for improving human lives. But recent reports reveal (mis)treatment of animals is harming the planet as a whole.
Uptown Fox: On Wildlife in Cities
Urban environments are harsh, with only fragmentary remains of natural habitat. But human activity has driven a rise of wildlife in cities.
Raptors Are Avian Arsonists
Raptors are proving to be great problem-solvers. Falcons, for instance, start their own fires to flush out prey.
“Ghost Fishing” Is Killing Coastal Wildlife
Ghost fishing is the process by which fishing equipment no longer under human control continues to trap and kill wildlife.
Why the Sandplain Grasslands Are So Special
Sandplain grasslands, a kind of East Coast prairie, are some of the rarest habitats in the world, and sheep-grazing may be key to their survival.
Within The Animal Kingdom, Sometimes Father Knows Best
Who’s your daddy? If you’re a giant salamander, he’s the one who fanned your nest with his tail, of course.