Ecology & Zoology

Green Light Stops Sea Turtle Deaths

Illuminating fishing nets is a cost-effective means of dramatically reducing the number of sea turtles getting caught and dying unnecessarily, conservation biologists at the University of Exeter have found. Dr Jeffrey Mangel, a Darwin Initiative research ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 25 2016 - 8:29am

The Withering Process

During their life, plants constantly renew themselves. They sprout new leaves in the spring and shed them in the fall. No longer needed, damaged or dead organs such as blossoms and leaves are also cast off by a process known as abscission. By doing so, pl ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 18 2016 - 8:30am

Are Lab Mice Too Cold? It Makes A Difference In Science

A typical mouse laboratory is kept between 20 and 26 degrees C, but if the mice had it their way, it would be a warm 30 degrees C. While the mice are still considered healthy at cooler temperatures, they expend more energy to maintain their core temperatu ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 19 2016 - 12:19pm

Bed Bugs Have Favorite Colors- Here Is What They Are

Researchers wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. The tests consisted of using small tent-like harborages that were made from colored cardstock and placed in Petri dishes. A bed bu ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 25 2016 - 7:38pm

Scientists Discover Oral Sex In Spiders

Madagascan Darwin's bark spider (Caerostris darwini) are a sexually size dimorphic species from Madagascar, with females several times larger and heavier than males. If you want a weird science project for school, kids, these are the way to go. C. da ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2016 - 9:18am

Sorry Galileo, Coastal Birds Use Tides And Moon Phases

Galileo is regarded as an important figure today, because he was put under house arrest by his church for ridiculing the Pope, but for much of his career he was derided by other scientists. Both Kepler and mathematics knew Galileo was wrong about the moon ...

Article - News Staff - May 4 2016 - 7:59am

Beekeepers Can Be Hazardous To Bees

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Agriculture Department recently found that several parasites and the diseases they vector into honey bee colonies are the source of most of the bee health problems and supposed ‘die-offs’ observed in ...

Article - News Staff - May 5 2016 - 12:31pm

#VultureLivesMatter

Vultures are often cartoon-ish characters in parched deserts. No one wants them around because in western films it means they are just waiting for you to die. Cultural jokes aside, vultures in some parts of the world are in danger of disappearing. And acc ...

Article - News Staff - May 5 2016 - 2:19pm

Varroa Mites Get A Free Pass In Honeybee Surveys

The Bee Informed Partnership conducts an annual survey of commercial and backyard beekeepers so that they can try and track health and survival rates of honey bee colonies.  Though honey bees are just one bee species out of about 27,000, estimates of their ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 11 2016 - 9:39am

Not Aliens After All: Mysterious Mounds In South America Created By Earthworms

Mysterious spectacular mounds found in the earth in tropical wetlands in South America are created by earthworms, researchers have found. The densely packed, regularly spaced mounds cover large areas of the Orinoco Llanos in Columbia and Venezuela. Until ...

Article - News Staff - May 12 2016 - 6:56am