Ecology & Zoology

Bats Use Both Sides Of The Brain To Listen- The Only Animal Besides Humans To Do So

Researchers have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. No other animal, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound processing ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 30 2015 - 11:39am

Why Bumblebees Choose Nicotine- It Fights Off Parasites

Researchers gave bumblebees the option to choose between a sugar solution with nicotine in it and one without and found that bees infected with the Crithidia bombi parasite were more likely to go for the nicotine-laced nectar than those that weren't ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 27 2015 - 10:36am

High-Pitched Noises Linked To Seizures In Old Cats, According To Owner Survey

One of the concerns about the switch from incandescent to fluorescent lighting was that while the ballasts are higher frequency now- humans do not have to hear that annoying hum- they were right in the range that pets still hear. ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 30 2015 - 5:21pm

How Honeybee Queens Avoid Inbreeding

Genetic variation is important in a healthy population and recombination, or crossing-over, which occurs when sperm and egg cells are formed and segments of each chromosome pair are interchanged, is a vital part of maintaining genetic variation. Honeybees ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 29 2015 - 10:20am

Chickens Aren't Vegetarian

I like to use the Sneetches With Stars analogy (I did so again two days ago) because Theodor Seuss Geisel, famously known as Dr. Seuss, was spot on with the idea that humans would find a reason to be different from one another. In the Sneetch community, wh ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - May 8 2015 - 4:49pm

Bees Are More Than Honey And Hives

It’s bee season and now’s the time to go outside and observe these popular insects. Bees hold a relatively special place in people’s affections – we have them to thank for honey, of course, and they’re also essential pollinators of many food crops and wil ...

Article - The Conversation - May 12 2015 - 11:00am

Grading The President's Strategy To Promote Bee Health

In 2006 there was a serious decline in the number of honey bee colonies in parts of Europe and the United States and it brought renewed concern about another Colony Collapse Disorder, which had last occurred in the mid-1990s. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 29 2015 - 1:33pm

Creswell Crags And The Neanderthal Dawn Chorus

A new analysis of Ice Age birds has revealed that many of the birds were larger- despite what is commonly believed, the authors say it reflects the richness and greater productivity of the environment in the Ice Age. They picture an unusual mix of birds in ...

Article - News Staff - May 21 2015 - 1:16pm

Virgin Births Happen In 3 Percent Of Wild Sawfish In Florida Estuary

A Virgin Birth- parthenogenesis- may be a big deal in human culture but among wild sawfish in Florida it is apparently downright common. A new study finds that around 3 percent of the sawfish living in a Florida estuary are apparently the products of this ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 1 2015 - 11:00am

Pregnant Pipefish Fathers Are Not Super Dads

Many aquatic species have a reputation for negligent parenting. Having cast their gametes to the currents, they abandon their offspring to their fate. However, hands-on parenting is taken to a whole new dimension in the Syngnathidae fish family. Instead o ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2015 - 9:00am