animal behavior
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.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.
Video: Researchers Control <em>Drosphila</em> Flight with Virtual Reality
Video: Researchers Control Drosphila Flight with Virtual Reality
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.