World's Largest Banana Collection in Belgium is Adding Potatoes

The world's largest collection of bananas is located at the University of Leuven in Belgium. The collection has over 1,500 varieties of bananas. Leuven is now expanding its collection to include potatoes and will be adding 8,000 potato varieties from the International Potato Centre in Peru. Read more... January 23, 2017

Ants Use the Sun for Guidance When Walking Backwards

Ants often walk backwards when they are dragging large pieces of food and other items back to the nest. The photograph above shows an a backwards walking ant (Myrmecia piliventris) dragging an earwig back to its nest in Canberra, Australia. Scientists have discovered that ants rely on both the sun and their memories to help them find their way home while walking backwards. Read more... January 19, 2017

New Moth Species Named After Donald Trump

A new moth species has been named after President-elect Donald J. Trump. The moth species has yellowish-white scales on its head that resembles Trump's hair. The species was named by evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari. Read more... January 18, 2017

Researchers Capture Footage of the Ruby Seadragon in the Wild for the First Time

Researchers have recorded the first video footage of a Ruby Seadragon in the wild. The researchers were led by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum. Before this recorded video the the Ruby Seadragon was known only from four preserved specimens. The scientific expedition took place off the coast of Western Australia Read more... January 14, 2017

New York City Quarantines Cats to Stop Rare Bird Flu Outbreak

New York City has quarantined hundreds of cats in an effort to stop an outbreak of H7N2 virus. The outbreak begin in October 2016 with a Bronx shelter cat named Alfred. Alred is Patient Zero in the bird flu outbreak. Aflred and one other cat have died. Most cats recover from the virus. When they do they can leave the makeshift quarantine shelter. Read more... January 13, 2017

Three New Land Flatworms Discovered in Brazil

Three new species of flatworms have been discovered in Brazil. The flatowrms were found on the forest floor in the Araucaria moist forest. The forest is part of the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest. The researchers say it is a hotspot of land flatworm diversity. Read more... January 9, 2017

Ewaybot Unveils MoRo Robot at 2017 CES

There have been plenty of new robots at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. One of the more impressive bots is the Moro robot from Ewaybot Technology, a company based in Beijing. The robot assistant has arms with "hands" capable of grabbing objects. The faceless robot can respond to voice commands. Read more... January 6, 2017

Scientists Say Chickens Are Intelligent, Caring and Complex

Chickens are the world's most abundant domestic animal. There are tens of billions of them worldwide. Chickens are not known for being smart but scientists say they definitely are not the clueless "bird brains" some people think they are. Researchers says chickens have distinct personalities. They also say chickens are behaviorally, cognitively and emotionally complex individuals. Read more... January 5, 2017

Feral Cats Cover Over 99.8% of Australia Say Scientists

Feral cats can be found all over Australia. A new study found that feral cats cover over 99.8% of Australia's land area and 80% of the area of Australia's islands. The research was conducted by over 40 of Australia's top environmental scientists. It contains evidence from nearly 100 separate studies across Australia. Read more... January 3, 2017

Researchers Estimate Dinosaur Eggs Took 3 to 6 Months to Hatch

Researchers from Florida State University estimate that it took about 3 to 6 months for a dinosaur egg to hatch. The time would vary for different species of dinosaurs. By comparison bird eggs hatch in periods ranging from 11-85 days. The research was led by FSU Professor of Biological Science Gregory Erickson. Read more... January 2, 2017