Science

Watch How Hummingbird Hackers Keep Up With Their Quick, Tiny Subjects

Watch How Hummingbird Hackers Keep Up With Their Quick, Tiny Subjects

— More scientists are embracing inventive ways to decode the biology and behavior of a unique bird family.
Why Birders Are Putting Stickers on Monarch Butterflies

Why Birders Are Putting Stickers on Monarch Butterflies

— A community-science project helps conservationists understand—and protect—the imperiled migratory species.
How the Biggest Birds on Earth Could Help Fend Off Epidemics

How the Biggest Birds on Earth Could Help Fend Off Epidemics

— Veterinarian Yasuhiro Tuskamoto has a flock of 500 Ostriches—and, in their huge eggs, a way to fight infectious diseases.
How a Hunting Raptor Could Teach Us to Tune Out Distractions

How a Hunting Raptor Could Teach Us to Tune Out Distractions

— To treat human disorders like ADHD, neuroscientist Shreesh Mysore has unlocked the key to the Barn Owl’s extraordinary focus.
How a Common Street Bird Could Coach Doctors Against a Bad Diagnosis

How a Common Street Bird Could Coach Doctors Against a Bad Diagnosis

— Psychologist Edward Wasserman’s work with pigeon perception may lead to new strategies for detecting cancer and heart disease.
How Birds Are Helping Scientists Reimagine a Feathered T. Rex

How Birds Are Helping Scientists Reimagine a Feathered T. Rex

— New insights about the predator's brains, speed, and appearance are being discovered by comparing fossilized dinosaurs to their living relatives.
For All Their Splendor, We Still Know Little About Painted Bunting Migration

For All Their Splendor, We Still Know Little About Painted Bunting Migration

— A research project using geolocators aims to help scientists better understand where the birds overwinter and recent population declines.
Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

— Teaming up helps these agile raptors take on animals twice their size. But we’re still not sure why they stand on each other.
Dark-eyed Juncos, Backyard Gems, Come in a Dazzling Array of Colors

Dark-eyed Juncos, Backyard Gems, Come in a Dazzling Array of Colors

— The six flavors of junco were long considered separate species. Recent science shows that they instead boldly exhibit evolution in real time.
Migrating Birds May Be Spreading an Invasive Pest That Decimates Forests

Migrating Birds May Be Spreading an Invasive Pest That Decimates Forests

— The hemlock woolly adelgid is moving north, and feathers could be providing the perfect ride, experiments show.
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