Why pandas are black and white

The black and white markings of the giant panda serve them as both camouflage and communication, scientists learned.Credit: Ted Stankowich/CSU Long Beach The scientists who uncovered why zebras have black and white stripes (to repel biting flies), took the coloration … Continue reading

Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

Image Source: Flickr/Ulrika Scientists confirm just 7,100 cheetahs remain, call for uplisting to ‘Endangered’ on IUCN Red List The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever … Continue reading

The magical reindeer nose

The illustration shows cross-sections of a reindeer nose. It clearly shows the complex structure of the nose, which looks like the cross section of a seashell.Credit: Image courtesy of NTNU Every schoolchild knows about Rudolph the Reindeer and his magic … Continue reading

Why can’t monkeys speak?

With their vocal tract, it would be easy for monkeys to produce many different language sounds.Credit: Tecumseh Fitch/University of Vienna Monkeys and apes are unable to learn new vocalizations, and for decades it has been widely believed that this inability … Continue reading

Dependency can be an evolutionary advantage

Natural selection drives the evolution of metabolic dependency. Initially metabolically autonomous populations of the bacterium Escherichia coli (left panel) diversify into two genetically distinct populations (right panel): one which retains the entire suite of biosynthetic capabilities (complete cells) and another, … Continue reading