Ecology & Zoology

Stachys Caroliniana: Rare New Species Of Plant Discovered

Sometimes you don't need to travel to the unexplored corners of the globe to discover a new species of plant. Sometimes they can be really close to home, you just have to spend 40 years of your life looking. University of South Carolina Professor Joh ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 23 2014 - 1:28pm

Not Neonics: Parasites Are Bad For Honey Bees

For a short window, it appeared that bees were dying off. Environmentalist were quick to blame a new kind of pesticide, Neonicotinoids, known in short form as neonics, but then it turned out that the die-offs were in just one geographical area, which woul ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 25 2014 - 11:13pm

Bat Disease: White-Nose Syndrome Infections Are Seasonal

The fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has spread to bat colonies throughout eastern North America over the past few years, causing bat populations to crash and leading to various claims about what to blame for it. But there is no magic bullet, f ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 3 2014 - 2:30pm

Suez Canal Expansion Might Mean More Alien Species Invading The Mediterranean

The jellyfish highway. By Stefano Piraino, University of Salento and Bella Galil, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 8 2014 - 7:42pm

Take That, Mammals: Birds Don't Need External Ears

For mammals, the outer ears of mammals play an important function in helping identify sounds coming from different elevations. Since birds have no external ears, how do they accomplish the same thing? They utilize their entire head, according to a new pap ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 11 2014 - 3:22pm

Chemical Crypsis: Fish Use Camouflage From Diet To Avoid Predators

A species of small fish uses a homemade coral-scented cologne to hide from predators- the first evidence of chemical camouflage from diet in fish. Filefish evade predators by feeding on their home corals and then emitting a similar odor that makes them in ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 11 2014 - 1:47pm

Culling Kangaroos Could Help The Environment

How many kangaroos is too many? David Jenkins /Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA By Brett Howland, Australian National University; David Lindenmayer, Australian National University, and Iain Gordon, James Hutton Institute ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 11 2014 - 10:04pm

A Vegetarian Carnivorous Plant...Wait, What?

A carnivorous plant is a delight for people because everyone knows plant don't catch and eat animals- except some do. Like us, they need animals for nutrition. Do carnivorous plants also sometimes shake off nature and become vegetarians?  It seems so ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 19 2014 - 10:53am

Hermit Cockroaches: Two New Taxa From China Prefer Woods

Cockroaches are most often though of as infecting human homes but a new species and a new subspecies discovered in China prefer to live a hermit life, drilling logs far away from crowds and houses.  ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2014 - 11:53am

Coming Out Of The Closet: Moths Deserve Some Love Too

Butterflies aren't the only ones with snazzy stripes. Ben Sale, CC BY By Callum Macgregor, University of Hull Ask people to describe what they associate with butterflies, and you will probably get an image of a sunny summer’s day, with a beautiful pe ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 20 2014 - 3:18pm