Star ejects bubble of gas

Near the North Celestial Pole, in the constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe), a star shines. The celestial body is a prime example of a carbon star (it contains more carbon than oxygen), but…

Diabetes for bees

A bee’s sensitivity to sugar reveals her attitude to food.

100 years of solitude

Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) — who was around 100 years of age — passed away on Sunday in his enclosure in the Galapagos Islands. The giant…

Live from the ultimate robot competition

While this cute “˜astrodog’ was posing, 11 teams of engineers from across the US were trying to develop the next generation of robots at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. The new autonomous…

Animals inside out

Is this the new Noah’s Ark?

Mysterious gaze

The Ural owl can be found in Europe and Asia. Its average wingspan is 1.30 metres; females are larger than males, and they usually weigh up to 1.3 kilograms. Strix uralensis hunts rodents…

I can see it, I can feel it but I just can’t reach it!

You can roar all you like big cat, but I ain’t moving!

The elusive ladybird spider

With a striking red abdomen decorated with six black spots, the male ladybird spider is one of the world’s most fascinating — and elusive — creatures. This spider (Eresus cinnaberinus) is an endangered…

Elephants still in danger

Elephants remember the exact location of their water supplies.

Baby bush budgie

Bush budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) are one of Australia’s smallest parrots.

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