animal behavior
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning
What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
Meet the Arachnid That May Add a New Chapter to the Book on Sensory Biology
Meet the Arachnid That May Add a New Chapter to the Book on Sensory Biology
Mary Bates | Dec 1, 2017
The whip spider senses the world in weird and wonderful ways.
Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception
Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2017
Magpie-larks trick rivals with solo “duets” to defend territory.
Whipping Boys
Whipping Boys
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2017
See whip spiders use their curious antenniform legs to spar in the lab.
Kung Fu Shrimp
Kung Fu Shrimp
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2017
Watch a mantis shrimp punch its prey into submission using its specialized hammers.
Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation
Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation
Ruth Williams | Nov 1, 2017
The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.
How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes
How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes
Ashley Yeager | Oct 6, 2017
Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Female plant bugs produce a compound to counter males’ attempts to render the females unattractive to other mates.