Ants quickly adapt to danger, build sand structures to access food and avoid drowning

Researchers have observed black imported fire ants using sand to draw liquid food out of containers. Credit: Dr. Aiming Zhou and Dr. Jian Chen. Black imported fire ants (Solenopsis richteri), or simply BIFA, have a water-repelling cuticle that allows them to float on the water’s surface. So, typically these ants face minimal risks of drowning when […]

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Tasmanian devils return to mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years

Around 3,000 years ago, Tasmanian devils were driven out from mainland Australia by dingoes introduced by Sulawesi hunter-gatherers. Fortunately, dingoes never made it to the island of Tasmania, the namesake of the devils, which helped the aggressive scavengers avoid extinction. But recent challenges such as habitat loss and the spread of one of the only […]

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Pigs like to interact with humans just like dogs do — but they’re independent problem solvers

Pigs were also faster than dogs in solving the task researchers handed to them, adding more weight to the intelligence of these mammals. We’ve known for quite a while that pigs are intelligent, emotional, and cognitively complex. They love to play, they exhibit a wide range of emotions and relationships, and they’re quite good at […]

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