June 3, 2013 It's not easy making friends with wild animals, especially when the animal is impossibly small, very shy, hiding under a pile of leaves. But when the writer Rachel Carson heard a "ting! ting! ting!" coming from her backyard — like someone ringing a teeny bell — she had to meet this creature, the one she called "the Fairy Bell Ringer."
May 31, 2013 Scientists in Siberia say they've extracted blood samples from the carcass of a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth, leading to speculation that a clone of the extinct animal might someday walk the earth. But researchers say the find must be studied further to know its potential.
May 31, 2013 As humans have cut into Brazil's forests, the toucan population has taken a dive. The trees, in turn, have changed, too: Without large-billed birds to eat fruit with big seeds, only trees with small seeds thrive. Eventually, one scientist says, "the impacts on the forest could be quite dramatic."
May 29, 2013 Scientists writing in Nature magazine say they've discovered the fossil of a bird-like creature that existed millions of years before Archaeopteryx.
May 28, 2013 Dolphins make their own toys. They do this by producing perfect little air rings in the water, which they then shove, bite, sculpt and swallow. And they aren't the only ones. Today we celebrate (you should pardon the expression) toroidal vortices.
May 27, 2013 Do animals grieve? A new book says yes: While there's little clinical research on animal grief, observation suggests that many animals, including ducks, cats, rabbits, horses and more, are capable of loving other animals, and grieving their loss.