Topic: Animal Behavior

May 22, 2018 Our Insect-Eating Ancestors - What did our mammalian ancestors eat during the age of the dinosaurs? The answer might bug you.
May 17, 2018 Cuckoo Bees - The surprising behavior and diversity of bees.
May 15, 2018 Shrimp-Inspired Navigation - The mantis shrimp’s ability to see circular polarized light inspires an underwater GPS system.
May 11, 2018 Dolphins at Play - Dolphins’ seemingly adorable antics may not actually be all fun and games to them.
April 24, 2018 Hummingbird Tail Feathers - A male hummingbird makes sounds with his tail feathers to attract females.
April 9, 2018 Bowhead Whale Songs - The songs of Arctic bowhead whales are constantly changing.
March 28, 2018 Earwig Origami - Engineers are learning new folding tricks by studying earwig wings.
March 27, 2018 Cavefish Blood Sugar - Blind cavefish have a genetic mutation that gives them high blood sugar, yet they suffer no ill effects.
March 23, 2018 Ghost Fishing - Researchers use sonar to locate lost fishing gear that harms sealife.
March 12, 2018 Clean Fish Learn Better - Reef fish make better decisions when smaller fish keep them clean.
March 8, 2018 Decoding Fireflies - A listener asks: What are fireflies saying with their flashes?
February 26, 2018 Sea Urchin Hideaways - Sea urchins carve out their own homes in the rock with their teeth.
February 14, 2018 Shark Skin Inspiration - Structures in shark skin could inspire improved aerodynamics in drones and wind turbines.
February 12, 2018 3D Mantis Vision - Praying mantises have a unique 3D visual system.
February 2, 2018 HUMANS AND ANIMALS – Encore Edition - HUMANS AND ANIMALS - Encore Edition - The origins of ancient house cats in China. Crows that hold grudges. And, how global warming is creating a new breed of Arctic explorers - of the avian variety. Also: the lengths squirrels will go to to hide their nuts.
January 30, 2018 Modifying Mammal Movement - How do humans alter mammal movements across the landscape?
January 26, 2018 Arthropods Among Us - Researchers attempt to inventory all of the insects and other creepy crawlies in people’s homes for the first time.
January 25, 2018 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
January 8, 2018 Bonobo Bad Guys - One of our closest relatives, the bonobos, may have very different attitudes toward altruistic behavior in others.
January 2, 2018 Robotic Dancing Birds - Robotic birds help reveal which aspects of a pair’s coordinated song and dance are most important to an avian audience.
December 25, 2017 Hibernation Adaptation - Some rodents have an impaired ability to sense the cold, allowing them to hibernate in winter.
December 22, 2017 Holiday Pet Threats - The holidays may pose a surprising danger for your pet.
December 13, 2017 Dolphin Click Algorithms - Machine learning algorithms like those used by social media companies can classify dolphin echolocation clicks.
December 8, 2017 Narwhal Great Escape - These mysterious single-tusked denizens of the Arctic have a paradoxical response to danger.
November 22, 2017 Orangutan Curiosity - Orangutans living in captivity are much more curious than their wild counterparts.
November 20, 2017 Non-Killer Bees - Africanized “killer” honeybees in Central and South America are known for their bellicose nature. But not in Puerto Rico.
November 15, 2017 Sheep Face Recognition - Sheep can recognize human faces.
November 7, 2017 Male Mammoths - Mammoths that left remains in Siberia were overwhelmingly male. Scientists want to know why.
November 6, 2017 Bat Vocal Learning - Fruit bats learn their calls from the crowd of bats around them.
November 2, 2017 Geese vs. Hunters - Geese are holing up in the big city during the winter to avoid hunters.
October 31, 2017 Solar Butterflies - A butterfly’s wings inspires more efficient solar cells.
October 30, 2017 Masked Dinosaur - Remnants of pigments in the fossils of dinosaur feathers provide clues to how they looked and behaved in life.
October 26, 2017 Hybrid Flying Robots - Tiny hybrid robots could conduct rescue missions in the air and sea.
October 25, 2017 Earth Moving Salmon - Can spawning salmon erode mountains?
October 23, 2017 Blue Halos - Blue halos on some flowers attract pollinators like bees.
October 20, 2017 Beak Evolution - More than a century of backyard bird feeding may have lengthened one bird species’ beaks.
October 18, 2017 Mimicking Octopus Skin - The octopus inspires shape-changing materials.
October 16, 2017 Bird Play & Tools - Birds, like humans infants, learn about the world around them through play.
October 12, 2017 Spider Webs - A listener asks: Can spiders get caught in the webs of other spiders?
October 2, 2017 Pumpkin Toadlet Hearing - Tiny orange frogs called pumpkin toadlets can’t hear their own calls.
September 11, 2017 Bats vs. Buildings - Scientists discover why bats fly into tall buildings.
September 5, 2017 Mosquito Sweet Tooth - A sweet tooth may be mosquitoes’ Achilles’ heel.
August 31, 2017 Ant Jaws - To catch fast prey, a type of ant has high-speed, spring-loaded jaws.
August 28, 2017 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
August 25, 2017 Bleating Animals - Animals use bleats to communicate more effectively.
August 24, 2017 Trojan Cow - An unlikely host delivers a lethal punch to malarial mosquitoes.
August 14, 2017 Lizard Blue - What you wear could affect the behavior of wild animals.
August 8, 2017 Guide Dog Success - Does over-parenting short-circuit the careers of potential guide dogs?
August 4, 2017 Social Mouse Aggression - A social upbringing can offset the activity of a mouse’s attack circuit.
August 3, 2017 Water Bear DNA - Studying tardigrades’ DNA to learn what makes them so tough.