Ecology & Zoology

We Can Start A Biblical Plague With Three Locusts

From the Biblical plagues of Egypt to a major infestation in Madacasgar two years ago, locust swarms have caused chaos throughout history. Just one swarm can cover 20% of the land surface of the Earth, affecting the livelihood of 10% of the world’s popula ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 9 2015 - 7:30am

Marine Fungi Inhabit Previously Undescribed Branches Of The Tree Of Life

Researchers have discovered several new species of marine fungi inhabiting previously undescribed branches of the tree of life. Though there is always talk about what little we do know going extinct, little is known about species on land, now or in the pa ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 18 2015 - 7:00am

Why Mice Have Longer Sperm Than Elephants

In the animal world, if several males mate with the same female, their sperm compete to fertilize her limited supply of eggs. And longer sperm seem to have a competitive advantage, but even when it comes to sperm the size of the animals matter. The larger ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2015 - 7:50pm

FDA Approves AquAdvantage Salmon After Extensive Review

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the AquAdvantage salmon, a genetically modified Atlantic salmon that expresses a gene from a Chinook salmon to grow faster, after reviewing it since 1996. ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2015 - 11:27am

Armor With Eyes

The armored shells of some marine mollusks have evolved to satisfy two conflicting design requirements, protection and sight, a new study shows. ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 20 2015 - 10:41am

Resurrection Grass: The Secret Of Coming Back From The Dead Could Help Food Worldwide

A native Australian grass that plays dead during droughts and culls its own cells to survive could provide genetic keys to help food crops survive worldwide. Like other so-called 'resurrection plants', Tripogon loliiformis has the ability to wit ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 7 2015 - 8:50am

When Hippos Become Carnivores

People often think hippos are herbivores with big smiling faces. Every now and then, reports of a hippo of hunting down prey, eating a carcass, or stealing prey from a crocodile are heard, but they're typically considered 'aberrant' or  ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 7 2015 - 5:49pm

Predators Will Help Prey Evolve With Climate Change

The key to helping animals evolve quickly in response to climate change could actually be their predators, according to a new study which says that species interactions, meaning the way species interact with each other in an ecosystem, like in a predator- ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 8:01am

Parrots Use Tools, Say Psychologists

Psychologists say they have evidence of tool use by greater vasa parrots (Coracopsis vasa). They determined this by studying ten captive parrots and seeing that the birds adopt a novel tool-using technique to acquire calcium from seashells. They also note ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 12:30pm

Female Sex Cannibals: Not Angry, Just Picky

A new study challenges the popular idea that sexual cannibalism occurs because a female is unable to alter or 'tone down' her aggressive mindset after foraging and hunting for prey. Instead, females are sexually cannibalistic because they are te ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 12:26pm