Ecology & Zoology

Beekeeping Fad And The Stress Of Traveling Is Harmful To Bees

Are bees in peril or not? It's difficult to know, because the moment science declares one thing not an issue (example: neonicotinoid targeted pesticides), environmental groups move the goalposts and declare something else is the problem. When honey be ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 24 2016 - 1:35pm

Electronic Fences For Cats Are Safe

A study by animal welfare specialists has provided new evidence that using electronic containment systems to restrict where pet cats venture does not result in long-term wellbeing problems. The use of hand-held shock collars on dogs has previously led to ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 9 2016 - 10:41am

Why Shrubs Are More Successful Than Trees

Shrubs are more widespread than trees in nature and on Earth. A new study explains their global success. It turns out that the multiple stems of shrubs are of key importance. This feature contributes to both better growth and better survival than in trees ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 27 2016 - 6:30am

Breakthrough: Successful Ovarian Transplant From One Individual To Another

With the aid of a new immunosuppressive agent known as PIF (preimplantation factor), researchers at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi,  Kenya, have successfully transplanted an ovary from one individual to another ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 2 2016 - 8:10am

Molluscs May Provide Chemical Reproduction Insight Beyond Endocrine Disruptor Hype

A new test with molluscs- freshwater mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)- may enable manufacturers of chemicals and drugs to check their products for harmful effects on reproduction, and avoid the hype and scaremongering of environmental groups.  ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2016 - 7:01am

Convergent Evolution: Why Some Plants Became Carnivorous

In Insectivorous Plants, Sir Charles Darwin pondered carnivorous plants. They live in habitats poor in nutrients, mostly on nitrogen and phosphorous, and have compensated this lack with the ability to digest animals such as insects and other arthropods. Ad ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 6 2017 - 1:38pm

No Hummingbird Collapse; They're In A Boom

Its not a great idea to use surveys, but sometimes those are all we have. After environmental groups drummed up publicity about a colony collapse disorder in honeybees, for example, concerned amateurs began taking up beekeeping. Since nature is not a perfe ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 8 2017 - 7:36am

When It Comes To Bees, NYT Has A Fake News Blindspot

The line between deliberately manipulating a story and poorly reporting the facts is perilously thin. During Sunday’s Oscars, what is colloquially called the United States’ ‘paper of record’, the New York Times, launched an advertising blitz positioning i ...

Article - Jon Entine - Mar 1 2017 - 4:31pm

Fighting The Yellow Dragon – The War To Save Florida Citrus

This is the first of a series of articles on Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening Disease) that is devastating Florida. Subsequent articles will explore its causes, effects and potential cures.   ...

Article - Kevin M. Folta - Mar 7 2017 - 6:37pm

When Fathers Are Involved, Parental Care Gets A Lot More Elaborate

Let's be honest, most human dads do less work raising the kids than human moms. That's not true in all species, though. In a few, fathers care for their developing embryos more than mothers, and biologists speculated that this paternal devotion h ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 1 2017 - 9:31am