Ecology & Zoology

Attractive Females Harmed By Male Sexual Harassment

Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new Australian and Canadian study on fruit flies. Associate Professor Steve Chenoweth from The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences said the study showed that ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 2 2015 - 9:00am

Acidification Stunts Growth Of Developing Pink Salmon

Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study. The risks of ocean acidification on marine species have been studied ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 3 2015 - 8:00am

Hibernating Bears Protect Bones By Reducing Resorption- And That May Help Astronauts

Even a short period of inactivity can be extremely bad for our bones, and for astronauts facing months in zero gravity, the risks are serious. But there is an animal that has already solved all of the problems faced by immobile humans- black bears who hib ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 14 2015 - 9:00am

Fat Cavefish Feast And Famine May Illuminate Human Obesity

Blind cavefish that have adapted to annual cycles of starvation and binge-eating have mutations in the gene MC4R, the same gene that is mutated in certain obese people with insatiable appetites, according to a new study in PNAS which reveals more about ho ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 14 2015 - 8:00am

Even Black Panthers Have Leopard Spots

From the frozen forests of Russia to the scorching sands of the Kalahari Desert, leopards are the most widely distributed large cat on earth. Their iconic spotted coat has been admired and coveted by humans for millennia. But in one part in their vast rang ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 18 2015 - 7:27am

Coryphopterus Curasub: A Fish Too Deep For Science

A new small goby fish differs from its relatives not only in its size and colors, but also in the depth of its habitat (70-80 m) in the southern Caribbean. The scientists gave it the name Coryphopterus curasub in recognition of the Curasub submersible tha ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 27 2015 - 8:30am

Parasitic Flatworms Flout Global Biodiversity Patterns

The odds of being attacked and castrated by a variety of parasitic flatworms increases for marine horn snails the farther they are found from the tropics. A Smithsonian-led research team discovered this exception to an otherwise globally observed pattern- ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 2 2015 - 8:30am

Bees: Activists Remain Silent While This Pollinator Killer Decimates Millions

We know that Greenpeace and other activist groups really,really care about bees. Really. ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 31 2015 - 2:19pm

How Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Babies

When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice-- they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it. Researchers fr ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 7 2015 - 8:30am

Mind-Controlling Wasps Enslave Zombie Spiders

People associate wasps with memories of picnic invasions, BBQs under siege, and painful stings. There is a lot more to these much-maligned insects though, and with more than 100,000 different species, their life histories range from the quietly unobtrusiv ...

Article - The Conversation - Aug 6 2015 - 7:30am