Earth Times Logo
RSS Feed Google+ Facebook Twitter Linked In Pinterest


Nature News

Familiar great tits are good neighbours

Familiar great tits are good neighbours

Posted Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:22:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great tits and other small birds sometimes join forces and 'mob' any potential predator to keep them away from their nests. A new study shows that nesting great tits join their neighbours in mobbing predators, but only if they are familiar with them from the year before. Different birds are treated differently depending on their familiarity with others.

Familiar great tits are good neighbours

Diversity helps mammals adapt to climate change

Diversity helps mammals adapt to climate change

Posted Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Mammals with greater diversity adapt better to climate change, an American study suggests. The research looked at how mammals adapted to changes in climate across North America over a 56 million year period known as 'deep time'.

Diversity helps mammals adapt to climate change

The bumblebee gecko from Papua New Guinea - Nactus kunan

The bumblebee gecko from Papua New Guinea - Nactus kunan

Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:43:43 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Papua New Guinea is lizard heaven. A new species of gecko has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, the bumblebee gecko (Nactus kunan) named after the geckos bee-like colouring.

The bumblebee gecko from Papua New Guinea - Nactus kunan

Orangutan engineer gains degree

Orangutan engineer gains degree

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:23:24 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Orangutans have impressive engineering skills highlighted in new research. Safe, comfortable oval nest structures are built by orangutans using branches in the forest canopy.

Orangutan engineer gains degree

Giant polyandrous bees

Giant polyandrous bees

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:28:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New research done on giant honey bees (Apis dorsata). New study highlights the genetic difficulties of working with animals that mate with many partners (polyandry).

Giant polyandrous bees

Male giraffe pelage colour changes linked to ageing

Male giraffe pelage colour changes linked to ageing

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new study looks at the connection between male giraffe pelage colour change and the ageing of giraffes in the wild.

Male giraffe pelage colour changes linked to ageing

Male bonding works for dolphins too

Male bonding works for dolphins too

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:01:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Male bonding in bottlenose dolphins? A study of Indo-pacific bottlenose (Tursiops sp) dolphin social relationship behaviour shows a close match for advanced human and other sociability.

Male bonding works for dolphins too

Meet the wasp king - Megalara garuda

Meet the wasp king - Megalara garuda

Posted Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:23:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A recent study published information about the proclaimed King of wasps, Megalara garuda. The male Megalara garuda is over 3cm with huge jaws, thought to be used when grabbing the female when mating.

Meet the wasp king - Megalara garuda

The tropical past of belugas and narwhals

The tropical past of belugas and narwhals

Posted Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology shows how a relative of beluga whales and narwhals used to live in warm oceans.

The tropical past of belugas and narwhals

Madagascar is Worlds Apart

Madagascar is Worlds Apart

Posted Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:36:38 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity is Madagascar. Despite dwindling habitats in Madagascar, the remarkable and unique denizens of the island retain their magic.

Madagascar is Worlds Apart

Butterflies benefit from being social

Butterflies benefit from being social

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A Heliconius spp. butterfly study looks at benefits of social roosting. By gathering in large groups, butterflies deter threats from predators.

Butterflies benefit from being social

Turtles are specialists at hearing underwater

Turtles are specialists at hearing underwater

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The turtle is specialised more for hearing underwater, with a large middle ear. A new study shows just how specialised the middle ear of turtles can be for sound detection.

Turtles are specialists at hearing underwater

Giant squid have eyes like dinner plates

Giant squid have eyes like dinner plates

Posted Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Squid have evolved unique vision separate from the fish's movable lens and our own squeezable lens. Giant and colossal squid have enormous eyes, which have evolved to help them avoid predation according to new research.

Giant squid have eyes like dinner plates

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Posted Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:43:42 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Honeybee colony collapse disorder threatens food security worldwide, and scientists may be one step closer to understanding its causes.

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Crayfish battles - Fool your enemy

Crayfish battles - Fool your enemy

Posted Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:53:59 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The slender crayfish (Cherax dispar) is an Australian freshwater crustacean which loves to nip off your finger if you'll let it. Such useful aggression keeps it safe and in its territory where it battles all comers.

Crayfish battles - Fool your enemy

Eurasian rollers won't just roll over

Eurasian rollers won't just roll over

Posted Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new study shows how Eurasian roller nestlings respond to fear and threat of predation by vomiting. Blue roller nestlings vomit informs parent birds that they have been attacked or fear they will be.

Eurasian rollers won't just roll over

Nature News Archives Page : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 

Tiny Australian crayfish is brand new species

Posted Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Visual effects created by bower birds

Posted Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spider sociability

Posted Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Bats' flight changes

Posted Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:53:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The jumper, the weaver and the spitting spider

Posted Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:27:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Natural Curiosities and top ten animals

Posted Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:45:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Interesting albatross personalities

Posted Sun, 09 Feb 2014 07:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Interesting frog father behaviour

Posted Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:22:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tropical forests have been downed before!

Posted Sat, 18 Jan 2014 13:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean acidity experience improves offspring responses

Posted Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:25:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Cuckoos mimic hawks

Posted Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:44:30 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Elephant seal adventures tracked at sea

Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 14:56:44 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Further Wildlife Deaths Linked To Gulf Oil Spill

Posted Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:29:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

A sea change in North Sea ecosystems

Posted Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:06:32 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chimpanzees choose hand clasps by cultural preference

Posted Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Japanese tsunami broke chunks off Antarctica's ice sheet

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:29:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Ocean acidification threatens coral reefs

Posted Mon, 30 May 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

The Coral Triangle in Print

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:21:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A low oxygen switch may save crops from flooding

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:27:01 GMT by Dave Collier

Increase in whale strandings causes concern

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin