Ecology & Zoology
- Small Males Have More Sex Appeal
Females don't always think bigger is better when it comes to males. Instead, it is just the opposite, in some instances. Females may be more attracted to small partners because they are less likely to get into fights. In many species large males have ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2016 - 12:03am
- Coffee Berry Borer Consumes Enough Caffeine To Kill A Human Without Harm
The coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) is a plague that affects coffee crops. It has a detoxification system based on microbial communities so it can perform its life cycle in the plant while exposed to high levels of caffeine. In human terms, the ca ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2016 - 12:04am
- Free Range Poison: Animals Love To Eat Toxic Food, Less So When It's Warmer
A new study found that when temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote, suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals. ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 13 2016 - 7:01am
- Sorry Spider-Man, Geckos Are At The Size Limit For Sticking To Walls
Latest research reveals why geckos are the largest animals able to scale smooth vertical walls- even larger climbers would require unmanageably large sticky footpads. Scientists estimate that a human would need adhesive pads covering 40% of their body sur ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 18 2016 - 5:50pm
- First Zinnias Grown In Space
One of the most triumphant moments in the book and recent movie "The Martian" comes when lead character Mark Watney successfully grows a potato crop on Mars. It's more than food for survival, it's a mental and engineering breakthrough. ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 24 2016 - 8:12am
- Don't Blame Grey Squirrels For Their British Invasion- Blame British Royalty
DNA profiling reveals grey squirrels are not as good invaders as we think, and that humans played a much larger role in spreading them through the UK. Grey squirrels were imported to the UK from the 1890s onwards, and the traditional view is that they spr ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2016 - 4:30pm
- Magnetic Compass Of Birds Affected By Polarized Light
The magnetic compass that birds use for orientation is affected by polarized light. This previously unknown phenomenon was discovered by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. The discovery that the magnetic compass is affected by the polarization dire ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2016 - 3:57pm
- Nature Is Mean, Shows Extinction Of Giant Australian Bird
The belief by Western elites that ancient people lived in some sort of harmony with the land, a belief popular for the last century, has been punctured again. ...
Article - News Staff - Jan 29 2016 - 10:50am
- Horses Can Read Human Emotions
Horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions, according to psychologists who studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. ...
Article - News Staff - Feb 9 2016 - 9:21pm
- 25 Signs Your Cat Could Be In Pain
Cat owners tare familiar with their pets’ individual personalities, habits and preferences, and they can tell when the behavior is different than normal, but understanding what these changes mean can be much more difficult. ...
Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2016 - 9:55am