Animal behavior

Researchers confirm that sharks use a magnetic field to change their route.
Rebecca Boyle, Contributor
Reducing light pollution could be as easy as turning off a switch, but it still requires a well-coordinated effort.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Honeybees relay the location of the queen through pheromones.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
This month in pictures
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Reductions in hunting due to COVID-19 restrictions may have led to less stress and better feeding opportunities for already thriving northern birds.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A new paper suggests whales learned to escape the grasp of hunters in just a few years.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
New finding suggests muscle tone and wing posture help the insects execute an upside-down backflip, even when anesthetized.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Bacterial allies may help insects win the evolutionary arms race against disease-causing microorganisms.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Scientists recently uncovered the ancient dens of 2-meter-long worms.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The insects adorn their hives with animal feces to fend off giant hornet attacks.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Treatment that eases bipolar symptoms in humans stops risky behavior in infected sticklebacks.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
The subterranean rodents have little use for vision, but their magnetic sense tells them which direction is which.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor