This amazing rainbow peacock spider might inspire the optical technology of tomorrow

This cute fellow has unique nanoscale structures that break light like a prism.

Vets caution dog owners about chocolate poisoning spike around Christmas

Chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs.

Snake fungal disease could be a global threat, much bigger than we thought

“This really is the worst-case scenario,” said one scientist.

The earliest life forms could be these 3.5-billion-year-old microbes

The amazing discovery suggests that alien life might actually be common.

Illegal orchid trafficking is largely ignored, and may lead to major conservation consequences

Things can get really bad if we don’t take action.

Old-growth forests offer safe haven to bird species struggling with climate change

They’re really nice cool places for raising baby birds — or fo rest!

Mulgaras emerge in Australia’s south-west after over a century of being considered extinct

So CUTE!

Japanese monkeys are apparently having sexual intercourse with deer

Nature gets pretty weird sometimes.

Ancient amber reveals that ticks dined on feathered dinosaurs, too

No respite from the bite.

Right whales face extinction if humans don’t intervene fast, NOAA researchers warn

The ocean will be less without them.

Scientists say cheetahs should be on the endangered list

The range of cheetahs is becoming smaller and smaller — as is their population.

Scientists name 245-million-year-old Horseshoe crab after Darth Vader

The force is strong with this one.

Palm oil deforestation is slowly killing the Sumatran Tiger

Future generations may live in a world without this majestic animal.

Drones to offer faster, cheaper monitoring of Antarctica’s ecosystems

Their job will be to take pictures of fat seals and I’m so, so envious.

Scientists track and study sharks by analyzing environmental water DNA

The method could open a breakthrough for shark research.

NYC’s uptown and downtown rats don’t mix, new study found

A young graduate student spent years studying the genes of NYC rats.

Antidepressants that make it past water treatment cause fish to fear predators less

Our human medication is affecting the behaviour of animals that live in the water.

Deepest fish in the sea is the undisputed king of the Mariana Trench

A ghostly, tiny fish dominates the deepest layers of the ocean.

Cobalt-blue tarantula and 30 other species discovered in Guyana rainforest

The brilliant findings underscore the importance of conservation in the area, especially for invertebrates which are often overlooked.

Animal files: the paradoxical axolotl

They are way more common in aquarium tanks than in the wild.