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Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Birds Show Fruit Color Pecking Order

Study shows that birds prefer red and black over other fruit colors, suggesting that bird preferences may have influenced fruit color evolution.

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

Pelicans Most Vulnerable To Fishing Tackle Injuries

A study shows that pelicans are particularly susceptible to fishing tackle injuries, forming 59 percent of all birds injured.

A New Measure Of Biodiversity

A New Measure Of Biodiversity

The CANAPE model unites genetic and spatial information, providing a more comprehensive understanding of biodiversity.

New Edible Catfish Discovered In North Queensland

New Edible Catfish Discovered In North Queensland

A genetic analysis reveals that a commonly caught eel-tailed catfish is actually a distinct new species.

Tropical Fish Migration Destroying Kelp & Seagrass

Tropical Fish Migration Destroying Kelp & Seagrass

Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries.

Kangaroos Use Tail As Fifth Leg

Kangaroos Use Tail As Fifth Leg

Kangaroo tails are surprisingly powerful, providing as much force as their front and hind legs combined, study shows.

Newly Discovered Wasp Uses Dead Ants To Protect Nest

Newly Discovered Wasp Uses Dead Ants To Protect Nest

The ‘Bone-house Wasp’ uses the scent of dead ants to deter parasitic invaders, study shows.

Aircraft Landing System Inspired By Bees

Aircraft Landing System Inspired By Bees

Based on bee vision, the aircraft landing system developed by UQ researchers is fully independent of GPS signals that can be blocked or hacked.

Tiny Plastic Dwellers Exert Big Impact On Oceans

Tiny Plastic Dwellers Exert Big Impact On Oceans

Micro-organisms colonizing small pieces of plastic waste in the ocean might be breaking them down, but could also have negative effects such as plastic ingestion and ecosystem disruption.

Fish-Eating Spiders Widespread, Study Says

Fish-Eating Spiders Widespread, Study Says

A study of spider predation around the world shows that several spiders prey on fish to supplement their diet of insects, sometimes even fish 4.5 times their body weight.