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Posts tagged Australia

December 2, 2010

 

Koala bear in a tree

Koala Bears Help Ecologists And Conservationists Map Habitats

Koalas are being used to study populations and habitats. Researchers hope to learn where koalas prefer to live and eat.

August 16, 2010

 

Kangaroo jumping during sunset

Marsupials May Not Have Originated In Australia

When you think of marsupials, like wallabies and kangaroos, you might believe them to be natives of Australia. But new evidence suggests that is unlikely.

January 6, 2010

 

A close-up of a katydid.

The Siren Song of the Spotted Katydid

Learn how female katydids deceptively lure male cicadas to their death, on this Moment of Science.

December 2, 2005

 

Dolphins and Sponges

We humans tend to favor animals that behave like we do, like dolphins. Scientists have discovered another reason for us to favor dolphins. Like chimps, dolphins use tools to look for food, but while chimps use sticks, a handful of dolphins in Australia’s Shark Bay use sea sponges.

May 12, 2005

 

A huge cockroach sits on a log.

The World’s Largest Cockroach: Rhinoceros Cockroaches

Believe it or not, the Australian burrowing cockroach, also known as the rhinoceros cockroach, is one of Australia's most popular pets.

April 25, 2005

 

Transvestite Cuttlefish

For Australian cuttlefish, where males outnumber females four to one, how does a runt male stand a chance finding a mate? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 13, 2004

 

Smallest Fish

What is the smallest fish? Find out on this Moment of Science.

October 7, 2004

 

Coral in Danger

Learn about the danger sedimentation poses for today's marine life, on this Moment of Science.

December 2, 2003

 

Male Zeus Bugs Get a Free Ride

Male Zeus bugs get a free ride, literally! Learn about the male-female relationship of the Zeus bug on this Moment of Science.

November 19, 2003

 

Rabbits Down Under

Learn how the rabbit population in Australia rose to six-hundred-million over the course of 100 years. "Rabbits Down Under" on this Moment of Science.

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