1. Animals

    Here’s how kingfishers avoid concussions during high-speed dives

    Understanding the genetic adaptations that protect the birds’ brains as they dive might one day offer clues to protecting human brains.

  2. Animals

    Horned lizards and snakes tend to ambush their prey

    The reptiles’ horns could help or hinder during foraging, depending on how they hunt. This might be why horns evolved in some species and not others.

  3. Animals

    Pikmin’s plant-animal mashups don’t exist — but sun-powered animals do

    Corals team up with photosynthetic zooxanthellae. Some sea slugs steal chloroplasts. How might animals and plants team up in Nintendo’s Pikmin games?

  4. Animals

    Bonobos cooperate across social groups — even with no clear payoff

    Bonobos cooperate with outsiders, even when they get no clear benefit out of it. This could shed light on social evolution in other primates, even us.

  5. Animals

    These penguins nap 10,000 times a day, for seconds at a time

    Such an extreme sleep schedule may help nesting chinstrap penguins protect their young while still getting more than 11 hours of shut-eye.

  6. Psychology

    Pets and other animals can boost health and well-being

    Living with animals seems to provide some health benefits, from lower stress levels to a stronger immune system.

  7. Animals

    Like tiny Jedis, rats can move digital objects with their brains

    Rats imagined their way through a 3-D virtual world in a new study. The results hint at how brains think about places they aren’t physically in.

  8. Oceans

    Shading corals during midday heat can limit bleaching

    Shading coral reefs during the sunniest part of the day may help corals survive marine heat waves.

  9. Animals

    Scientists Say: Camouflage

    Plants and animals alike hide in plain sight using this sneaky strategy.

  10. Environment

    Pumping cold water into rivers could help fish chill out

    Hundreds of salmon, trout and other fish sought shelter from summer heat in the human-made cool zones. These areas may help fish adapt to river warming.

  11. Animals

    These jellyfish can learn without brains

    No brain? No problem for Caribbean box jellyfish. Their simple nervous systems can still learn, a study suggests.

  12. Plants

    Scientists Say: Fertilize

    This word describes both a stage of sexual reproduction and the agricultural practice of adding nutrients to soil.