First proposed in 1801, the idea that an animal can pass on memories of experiences to its children and grandchildren is gaining traction today. Rats whose grandparents were electrically shocked or exposed to high temperatures respond to their environment differently than non-traumatized rats.
The taunt “bird brain” is unwarranted because even the dumbest of birds, the emu outsmarted Australian soldiers in The Great Emu War of 1932.
New research overturns 50 years of thinking that the hippocampus is the primary site of short-term memory. Players in memory include the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, amygdala and the temporal lobe.
Without serious conservation efforts the survival of the 30 or so vaquita porpoises left in the wild is in jeopardy. 2018 could see the extinction of these mammals.
Ocean plastic pollution is the new climate change. Trillions of pieces of plastic garbage are floating in the ocean. Some 13,000 of these items are washing up on a tiny South Pacific island every day.
As climate change and overfishing causes declining fish populations more fishermen are creating ocean farms raising kelp and shellfish. In so doing fishermen are evolving from hunters to farmers helping the world’s oceans in the process.
Thanatosis or the act of playing dead is common in insects. The female moorland hawker dragonfly has taken the drama to the next level avoiding would be suitors by dropping out of the sky “dead.”
New technologies and devices that mimic nature are sucking water out of thin air solving in part the water crisis and conflicts over water.