1. Animals

    Honey-Scented Elephants: Young males’ faces drip sweet signals

    An Asian bull elephant just reaching maturity secretes a liquid from glands on its face that smells like honey.

  2. Animals

    Yellower blue tits make better dads

    The yellow feathers on a male blue tit's breast could tell females that he'll be a good provider for the chicks.

  3. Animals

    Hanging around Mom’s web helps everybody

    For nearly grown spiderlings, lingering in their mother's web instead of setting off on their own turns out to be a boon for the mom, as well as themselves.

  4. Animals

    Unknown squids—with elbows—tease science

    Glimpses from around the world suggest that the ocean depths hold novel, long-armed squids that belong in no known family.

  5. Animals

    Crows appear to make tools right-handedly

    A study of 3,700 leaf remnants from crows making tools suggests that the birds prefer to work "right-handed."

  6. Animals

    Female ducks can double eggs by trickery

    Female goldeneye ducks can double their offspring by sneaking eggs into other females' nests before settling down to a nest of their own.

  7. Animals

    New lizard ties for ‘world’s smallest’

    A newly discovered lizard small enough to curl up on a dime ties for the title of the smallest of its kind in the world.

  8. Animals

    The Tropical Majority

    The abundant studies of temperate-zone birds may have biased ornithology when it comes to understanding the tropics.

  9. Animals

    Birds with a criminal past hide food well

    Scrub jays that have stolen food from other bird's caches hide their own with extra care.

  10. Animals

    She-male garter snakes: Some like it hot

    Male garter snakes that emerge from hibernation and attract a mob of deluded male suitors may just be looking for safety in numbers and body heat.

  11. Animals

    Finches figure out solo how to use tools

    The woodpecker finches of the Galápagos, textbook examples of birds that use tools, pick up their considerable skills without copying each other.

  12. Animals

    Magnetic field tells nightingales to binge

    Young birds that have never migrated before may take a cue from the magnetic field to fatten up before trying to fly over the Sahara.