Topic: Animal Behavior

May 29, 2017 Giant Whale Evolution - A changing climate three million years ago drove whales to evolve to the giant size they are today.
May 23, 2017 Choosy Bees - Rather than gather any pollen in the vicinity, bumblebees carefully select it based on their nutritional requirements.
May 18, 2017 Cooling Beaver Dams - Beaver dams could protect trout populations from the effects of climate change.
May 8, 2017 Albatross Satellites - High-resolution space satellites monitor threatened albatross populations in remote areas of the world.
April 29, 2017 Ocean Science in the 21st Century - ENCORE PRESENTATION: OCEAN SCIENCE IN THE 21st CENTURY - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also, behind the untimely death of the octopus.
April 24, 2017 Star-Nosed Moles - What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.
April 21, 2017 Oxygen-Deprived Mole-rats - An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.
April 7, 2017 Shocking Eel Strategies - Electric eels use a series of elaborate electrical discharges to get their prey to come out of hiding.
March 31, 2017 Venomous Guppies - A little fish fends off attack with a heroin-like toxin.
March 21, 2017 Contagious Parrot Laughter - Rare New Zealand parrots start playing spontaneously when they hear certain calls.
March 16, 2017 Eradicating Rabies - Vaccinating dogs against rabies protects humans and wildlife, too.
March 10, 2017 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
February 27, 2017 Bee Ball - Scientists teach bees how to move a tiny ball to test their cognitive abilities.
February 15, 2017 Endangered Crow Calls - What happens to the calls of an endangered bird species when its only remaining members live in captivity?
February 13, 2017 Road Birds - Playing birdsongs near roads can entice birds to repopulate abandoned habitat.
February 8, 2017 Birdsong Warm-Ups - Songbirds, like people, may need to warm up their voices before they sing.
February 2, 2017 Bat Bots - Flying robots simulate the flight of bats.
January 23, 2017 Mapping Extinct Brains - Scientists scanned preserved brains of extinct Tasmanian tigers in an attempt to better understand their behavior and life history.
January 18, 2017 Goal-directed Brain Cells - Bats have specialized neurons that help them navigate towards a target.
January 17, 2017 Monkey Metamemory - Neuroscientists investigate how humans ponder what we’ve learned by studying the brains of monkeys.
January 16, 2017 Killer Mice - Scientists discover a vertebrate brain circuit that triggers hunting, pouncing and biting.
January 10, 2017 Hummingbird Vision - Hummingbirds have vision that’s specially tuned to fast movement in every direction.
January 4, 2017 Bee Stings - A listener asks: Do honeybees really die after they sting you?
January 3, 2017 Insects in Winter - A listener asks: Where do all the insects go in winter?
January 2, 2017 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
December 29, 2016 Sizing Up Dogs I - A listener asks whether large dogs are more intelligent than small dogs.
December 28, 2016 Sled Dog Endurance - Champions of endurance, sled dogs can run for over a thousand miles without fatigue.
December 26, 2016 Trillions of Insects - No other creatures match insects when it comes to sheer numbers of migrating animals.
December 23, 2016 Reindeer Clocks - Most mammals have internal clocks that regulate their daily cycles, but not reindeer.
December 22, 2016 Reindeer Vision - Reindeer can detect ultraviolet light, which may help them survive dark Arctic winters.
December 19, 2016 Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles - In a race against time, scientists attempt to stop an insect invader by using its own sounds.
December 13, 2016 Pollution-Tolerant Fish - The Atlantic killifish has evolved the ability to survive in toxic waters.
December 5, 2016 Artificial Dog Nose - Researchers reverse engineer one of nature’s greatest sniffers.
December 2, 2016 Fruit Flies & Beer - Beer owes its distinctive aroma to fruit flies.
November 11, 2016 The Ticklish Brain - Researchers find that tickled rats display complex emotional responses similar to those of children.
November 3, 2016 Airborne Swifts - Small birds called common swifts remain airborne for months at a time.
October 31, 2016 Chimpanzees & Bonobos - Even though the Congo River keeps them apart today, chimpanzees and bonobos managed to interbreed several times in the past.
October 21, 2016 Dolphin Stranding - Rescue volunteers respond to a stranded dolphin on Cape Cod.
October 19, 2016 Goats Learn from People - Domestic goats learn to do a challenging task by watching humans do it first.
October 14, 2016 Jumping Spider Hearing - Scientists discover that a spider renowned for its sharp vision can also hear with its hair.
October 11, 2016 Plant Trickery - A flower exploits a fly’s penchant for stealing food from spiders in order to get pollinated.
October 7, 2016 Ape Theory of Mind - Chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans exhibit a very "human" trait: an awareness that others can act on false beliefs about reality.
October 5, 2016 Dolphin Name Game - Each bottlenose dolphin makes up its own signature whistle early in life which functions much like a name.
September 30, 2016 Emotional Bumblebees - Can bees and other insects feel emotional?
September 27, 2016 Black Widow Siblicide - Female black widows derail their offspring’s attempts at siblicide.
September 23, 2016 Bowhead Whale Songs - Bowhead whales in the Arctic Ocean sing a large variety songs to communicate with other whales.
September 16, 2016 Hunting Bats - Noise caused by humans is invading natural ecosystems, but some animals have multiple sensory systems to deal with it.
September 5, 2016 Gambling Wolves & Dogs - Does their divergent evolution affect risk-taking behavior in dogs and wolves?
September 2, 2016 Dog Speech Perception - Both dogs and people use the left hemisphere of their brains the process words and the right to process intonation.
September 1, 2016 Bird Migration & Climate Change - Climate change could be leading to food shortages for migrating birds.