Carbon cycle models underestimate indirect role of animals

Animal populations can have a far more significant impact on carbon storage and exchange in regional ecosystems than is typically recognized by global carbon models, according to a new paper authored by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

Researchers boost Artificial Intelligence (AI) with evolution

Cornell University researchers have successfully simulated 25,000 generations of evolution in an effort to determine why biological networks tend to be organized as modules.

Animals focus smell as well as vision

Animals can focus their sense of smell in much the same way as humans focus their eyes, helping them detect predators and search out food.

Does rock music bring out the animal in you?

Jarring music such as Jimi Hendrix's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner works because it evokes primitive distress calls, say scientists.

Study: GMO food causes organ disruption in animals

It seem as if those who are vehemently opposed to genetically modified (GM) food aren’t crazy after all.

Lions more likely to attack after a full moon

If you didn't already make it a priority to avoid lions and other maneating creatures like wolves, scientists warn you should particularly avoid them right after a full moon when they are the most likely to eat you.

Mark Zuckerberg kills goats

Watch out, Winkelvosses - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that from now on he's going to kill what he eats.

Brain researchers investigate nervous system repair with worms and fish

Worms and fish may be the key to helping people with injured nervous systems.

Bullying in mice alters brain chemistry, leads to anxiety

Mice that are low on the totem pole have a tough life. It turns out that bullying has some measurable effects on the brain chemistry of mice.

Universal tests of intelligence for humans and animals

Scientists are developing a new intelligence test that can be taken by any living creature. It will allow for comparison of intelligence between humans and animals.

Monkeys demonstrate self-awareness via computer game

Animal researchers used to assume that humans were the only animals that are aware of their own thought process. A new study in macaques by US based scientists demonstrates that some monkeys also have self-awareness.

Simple marine worms distant relatives of humans

It appears that vertebrates have some distant relatives they didn’t previously know about. New research says that complex species such as humans and starfish are related to two species of lowly marine worms.

Humans and sea sponges more alike than not

A surprised team of international scientists recently discovered that sea sponges - one of Earth's oldest life forms - share almost 70 percent of the same genes as human beings.

T. Rex had more than junk in its trunk

Paleontologists used to believe Tyrannosaurus Rex was a monstrous and slow scavenger. But now a Canadian researcher has hypothesized that the dinosaur was actually a very fast and efficient killing machine.

Bee brains calculate better than expensive computers

Bees could now be in the running for the title of most efficient being known to man.  A new study has found that our honey producing friends are better at mathematical functions than today’s most powerful computers.