A Song of Spider Silk
A Song of Spider Silk
Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.
A Song of Spider Silk
A Song of Spider Silk

Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.

Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.

animals
Book Excerpt From <em>How to Be Animal</em>
Book Excerpt From How to Be Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
In Chapter 1, “The Indelible Stamp,” author Melanie Challenger addresses the idea of human exceptionalism.
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Opinion: Facing Assumptions About the Duality of Human and Animal
Melanie Challenger | Apr 1, 2021
Since Darwin published his landmark work on natural selection, we’ve understood that we’re animals. But that doesn’t mean we really believe it.
Herbivore Body Size Influences Grazing Behavior, Poop Quality
Herbivore Body Size Influences Grazing Behavior, Poop Quality
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2020
Researchers disentangle complex connections among vegetation, herbivores, and dung in the South African savanna.
Infographic: Herbivore Dung Nutrients Vary Across the Savanna
Infographic: Herbivore Dung Nutrients Vary Across the Savanna
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2020
In South Africa, the composition of droppings varies by species’ body sizes, and which animals are found where depends on vegetation density.
Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus
Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus
Ashley Yeager | Jul 13, 2020
While concern over SARS-CoV-2 in dogs and cats has captured attention, scientists have also been investigating whether pets can transmit multidrug-resistant bacteria to us.
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Another Ancient Primate Lineage Sailed to South America
Lisa Winter | Apr 10, 2020
A new fossil discovery indicates a second primate group also traversed the Atlantic millions of years ago on a raft of vegetation.
Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger
Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 23, 2019
The unborn chicks translate auditory alarms from adult birds into quaking vibrations.
Cats Perk Up at the Sound of Their Own Names
Cats Perk Up at the Sound of Their Own Names
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 5, 2019
The familiar word elicits a twitch of the ears or swish of the tail, suggesting felines can distinguish their names from other words.
Image of the Day: Not What You Think
Image of the Day: Not What You Think
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 4, 2019
Newly discovered and rather phallic-looking clams dwell at the bottom of the ocean and are some of only a few animals known to eat wood.  

Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 20, 2019
Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.
Image of the Day: On the Rocks
Image of the Day: On the Rocks
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 15, 2019
Otters leave distinct patterns of wear on rocks they use for pounding mussels.
Image of the Day: Squid Skin
Image of the Day: Squid Skin
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 13, 2019
The cephalopods use several strategies to manipulate light and produce their colorful patterns.
Mysterious Killer Whales Observed off Chilean Coast
Mysterious Killer Whales Observed off Chilean Coast
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 8, 2019
These Type D killer whales have blunter heads and a different color pattern than other orcas. A new species designation hinges on the results of genetic testing.
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 5, 2019
A virtual exhibition of C.R. Percival’s slides reveals the natural world up close.
Image of the Day: Shark Fitbits
Image of the Day: Shark Fitbits
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 28, 2019
To track the behavior of blacktip sharks, researchers are equipping them with radios and satellite sensors.
Tortoise Not Seen for 113 Years Found on Galapagos Island
Tortoise Not Seen for 113 Years Found on Galapagos Island
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 25, 2019
Chelonoidis phantasticus, or the Fernandina giant tortoise, was feared extinct until an expedition found a lone female in a remote area on the island of Fernandina.
Image of the Day: Hot Pink Squirrels
Image of the Day: Hot Pink Squirrels
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 15, 2019
Under UV light, flying squirrels give off a rosy glow.
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Image of the Day: Geckos on the Run
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018
Surface slapping and side-to-side swinging let geckos sprint across water.
Trump Administration Plans to Eliminate USGS’s Biological Survey Unit
Trump Administration Plans to Eliminate USGS’s Biological Survey Unit
Diana Kwon | Feb 26, 2018
The agency is also poised to end a 50-year effort to restore endangered whooping crane populations.