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Mustard plants produces glucosinolate to repel specific bugs. Image: Shutterstock

Nature’s spicy insect repellent

Mustard plants have developed a defense mechanism against insects.

There are less than 3,000 tigers in the wild. Image: Shutterstock

Tigers on the brink of extinction

Tigers and humans try to coexist, but will we be able to save this endangered species?

Sea otters play an important role in reducing C02 emissions. Image: Shutterstock

Urchin-loving otters fight global warming

Hearty appetite allows kelp forests to thrive and absorb carbon dioxide.

With our population expected to grow by two billion by 2050, a vegetarian diet may be our only option. Image: Shutterstock.

Will we be restricted to a vegetarian diet by 2050?

Too much water required to ‘grow’ a steak.

Light and temperature trigger the loss of symbiotic algae (bleaching) in a nutrient-stressed staghorn coral. Image: University of Southampton

Corals can suffer from nutrient imbalance

Improving water quality could help save coral reefs.

An absence of wolves has affected the food chain in Yellowstone National Park. Image: Nature Pl

Top predators in crisis

In many places, the numbers of large predators have fallen by more than 90 per cent over the course of a few decades. Scientists are working feverishly to learn how this dearth of…

A mutilated pale grass blue butterfly found near Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Image: Chiyo Nohara/University of the Ryukyus

Mutant butterflies linked to Fukushima disaster

Forget your childhood radioactive superheroes, these insects have a lot more to worry about.

Grey long-eared bat. The oversized ears help the bat accurately pinpoint its prey. Image: Hugh Clark/Bat Conservation Trust

Bats are acoustically identified

Ecologists develop a Europe-wide bat identification tool

pygmy-marmoset

It’s a small world

Torrent frog

Frogs inspire hearing aid idea

  Chinese Torrent frogs are able to communicate clearly, despite the background of crashing waterfalls.

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