Topic: Animal Behavior

July 24, 2017 Whale Diet & Genetics - A genetic difference between the two types of whales that could partially explain why some became so gigantic.
July 17, 2017 Raven Planning - Ravens, like some great apes, plan ahead.
July 14, 2017 Fanged Furball - Paleontologists have discovered a tiny mammal from the age of the dinosaurs that sported tusks.
July 7, 2017 Neonics and Bees - New evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides are hurting bees.
July 5, 2017 Chimpanzee Strength - Human muscle is adapted for endurance, rather than ape-like strength.
July 3, 2017 Drumming Cockatoos - Researchers discover that cockatoos use sticks and seed pods to drum out rhythms on tree limbs.
June 26, 2017 Egg Shape - An exhaustive analysis of birds and their eggs may explain why eggs vary in shape.
June 21, 2017 Harlequin Frog Release - Researchers release endangered Harlequin frogs back into the Panamanian rainforest.
June 20, 2017 Wildebeest Windfall - Unlucky wildebeests play a big role in African river ecology.
June 19, 2017 Noisy Fish - The loud noises made by spawning croakers could help fisheries manage their sensitive populations in Mexican waters.
June 5, 2017 Fair-Minded Ravens - Ravens, like humans, remember who has treated them fairly.
June 2, 2017 Flightless Genes - Researchers identify genetic factors that grounded a species of birds whose relatives all can fly.
May 31, 2017 Snakes In A Cave - Snakes cooperate to snag bats on the wing.
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.