The invisible colours protecting birds from overheating
University of Melbourne research finds the nanostructure of a bird's feathers can regulate its body temperature by reflecting or absorbing near infrared-light
If we could talk to the animals
Animals, like people, are more productive when they are treated well; a University of Melbourne researcher finds it also benefits the people who work with them
Why we’re all in a flap about our favourite birds
The Guardian Australian Bird of the Year poll shows just how much we love our native birds, and there's good reason, says a University of Melbourne expert.
When good animals make bad decisions
Human impact on the environment is tricking animals into ecological traps, where attractive habitats hide a big risk as University of Melbourne research finds.
How staying close to mum pays off for kangaroos
A 6 year study that observed eastern grey kangaroos in Victoria found that the more time young-at-foot kangaroos spend with their mothers, the more they thrive.
Jaw-dropping: So how does a snake eat a man?
A reticulated python reportedly ate a man in Indonesia, but just how can a snake eat a grown human?
Why we show the whites of our eyes
Of all the animals, only humans obviously show the whites of our eyes, making it easier for us to communicate and deceive with just glance.
Why a cat’s whiskers are the bee’s knees
Whether being used to aid navigation, warn of incoming predators or mop up milk, whiskers are an important addition to a cat's senses.
What animals can tell us about sleeping
To learn more about why we sleep, new research suggests we look to the animal world and how bees and birds (and others) do it in their natural environment.
The necessity of kindness
Evolutionary biologist Professor Lee Dugatkin talks to the University of Melbourne's Up Close podcast about altruistic behaviour in insects, animals and beyond.