• 1:03pm Feb 22, 2013
    Science Science Books

    The SciFri Book Club Visits "Gorillas in the Mist"

    The book club regulars visit Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey's memoir of her years studying mountain gorillas in a remote African rainforest. Gorilla expert Annette Lanjouw joins the club to give an update on how this endangered subspecies of gorilla is faring.
  • 1:03pm Feb 22, 2013
    Science Science

    Surprise: Cockroaches are Fastidious Groomers!

    Despite inhabiting sewers and cesspools, cockroaches are quite clean — or at least their exteriors are, according to entomologist Coby Schal of North Carolina State University. That's because cockroaches are constantly grooming themselves, particularly their antennae. Publishing in PNAS, Schal and colleagues investigate why they groom.
  • Visible spectrum. Certain bright colors and petal shapes attract certain pollinators.
    Kevin Collins
    7:47am Feb 22, 2013
    Science Science

    Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers

    Bees and flowers communicate in colors, scents and shapes. Now scientists have discovered that bumblebees can also sense flowers' electric fields. This sixth sense helps them remember and recognize nectar-rich blooms while foraging.
  • 9:37am Feb 15, 2013
    Science Science

    Research Looks At Starchy Diet's Role In Dogs' Evolution

    Some dogs need to be on specialized diets for health reasons, but most eat just about anything. That wasn't always the case, however. The domestic dog's ancestor, the wolf, ate only meat. Research suggests for dogs to live with humans, they had to adapt to a starchy diet.
  • 3:05am Feb 15, 2013

    Pets Feel The Love On Valentine's Day

    The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend more than $800 million on gifts for their pets from heart-shaped treats to heart-healthy vitamins.
  • Perch exposed to the anxiety drug oxazepam were more daring and ate more quickly than fish that lived in drug-free water.
    Courtesy of Bent Christensen
    5:40pm Feb 14, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny

    Small amounts of the drugs that people take end up in wastewater and then in streams and rivers. It's usually not enough to harm the health of humans who swim in or drink the water. But there is growing evidence that pharmaceuticals in wastewater may affect wildlife.
  • The team found one penguin chick that didn't make it.
    International Polar Foundation
    8:55pm Feb 08, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Penguin Poop Leads Ice Researchers To Unknown Colony

    A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey stumbled upon some interesting satellite images in 2009: a trail of penguin poop that showed signs of a huge colony of emperor penguins. A team of researchers finally made it out to visit the 9,000-strong colony last December, marking the first human contact the animals had experienced.
  • 1:35pm Feb 08, 2013
    Science Science

    Researchers Point To The Demise of the Dinosaurs

    The idea that a comet or asteroid impact led to the downfall of the dinosaurs has been around for years. Now, Paul Renne and colleagues report in Science that they've narrowed down the timing of that collision. It's practically simultaneous with dinosaur extinction.