Ecology & Zoology

Pheidole: The Genus Of Ants That Evolved To Conquer The World- Twice

10 percent of the world's ants are close relatives, belong to just one genus out of 323. That genus is  called Pheidole. Pheidole fill niches in ecosystems ranging from rainforests to deserts.   ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 29 2014 - 12:58pm

How Your Brain Tells Good Smells From Bad Ones

A pleasant or disgusting odor is not always just a preference, in some cases an organism's survival depends on it. Odors can provide important information about food sources, oviposition sites or suitable mates and can also be signs of lethal hazards ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 31 2014 - 1:13pm

Most People Can't Name This Important Bee Killer, But Science Is Fighting It

There is a disease killing honeybee populations around the world but you won't be surprised to find that environmental groups never mention it. It's called American foulbrood disease and it doesn't get much attention because groups can' ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 30 2014 - 7:36pm

What No Other Frog Does: New Species Bypasses Egg And Gives Birth Directly To Tadpoles

A new species of frog, Limnonectes larvaepartus, from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, does what no other frog does: It gives birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs. A member of the Asian group of fanged frogs, the new species was discovered a ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 3 2015 - 3:42pm

Sinea Incognita: New Assassin Revealed

In 2006,  Dr. J. E. McPherson, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University, was working with colleagues on a key to the nymphs of three midwestern species of assassin bug in the genus Sinea (i.e., S. complexa, S. diadema, and S. spinipes). To test ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 5 2015 - 1:30pm

200 Plus: Bowhead Whales May Hold Key To Long Life

Bowhead whales can live to be over 200 years and show little evidence of the age-related disease that are apparent in humans in our senior years. There may soon by answers why, thanks to a complete bowhead whale genome and identify key differences compare ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 5 2015 - 7:16pm

Winter Hibernation Energy Drain: How White-Nose Syndrome Kills Bats

Researchers have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome is killing bats in parts of North America- the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans makes bats die by increasing the amount of energy they use during winter hibernation. Researche ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 6 2015 - 11:35am

The Invasion Of The Intersex Demon Shrimp

Up close and personal with the demon shrimp. Amaia Green Etxabe- University of Portsmouth By Alex Ford,University of Portsmouth Demon vs killer shrimp sounds like the latest CGI movie to come out of Hollywood. But in fact these are two particularly pernic ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 8 2015 - 2:30pm

Hope For Headshaking In Horses

Headshaking in horses, a neuropathic facial pain syndrome, often leaves affected horses impossible to ride and dangerous to handle, and can result in euthanasia. It affects between 10,000 and 20,000 animals in the UK each year and there are no consistently ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 11 2015 - 9:00am

Recreational Fishing Linked To Mediterranean Environmental Harm

Up to 10% of adults living in developed countries fish for food and recreation and a new paper finds that in the Mediterranean Sea that could be up to 10% of the total production of fisheries- a large amount that is basically un-regulated outside buying a ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2015 - 1:30pm