Ecology & Zoology

Bee Experts Challenge Environmental Claim That Wild Bees Are Near Extinction

Colony Collapse Disorder, the belief that honeybees, an important pollinator, are being killed off in droves, has been good for environmental fundraising but hasn't had a scientific foundation. Nonetheless, it has persisted for 10 years despite data s ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Apr 5 2017 - 2:39pm

Kuphus Polythalamia: Giant Sulfur-Powered Shipworm Is The Stuff Of Science Fiction

A newly named species, a giant, black, mud dwelling, worm-like animal, doesn't seem to eat much, instead it gets its energy from a form of sulfur.  The public is often confused what 'discovery' means in science. It means it is being identifi ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 17 2017 - 3:16pm

How Varroa Mites Exploit Beekeeping

There has been some ongoing concern about bee colonies, even fears of an impending "colony collapse disorder", but both the fears and the causes have been misplaced, recent studies have shown. Rather than being a mysterious effect due to pesticid ...

Article - News Staff - May 9 2017 - 11:00am

Ravens Plan Ahead

In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like huma ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 15 2017 - 10:31am

The Myth Of The “Bee-pocalypse”

Should we ban cars because of their potential to crash? Or stop selling painkillers in case someone takes too many? If we take the logic the EU applies to regulating pesticides, then the answer should be a resounding “yes”. Thankfully, EU lawmakers have lo ...

Article - Howard Minigh - Aug 30 2017 - 3:34pm

Predicting How Plant Species Might Respond To Climate Change

Though CO2 emissions have plummeted in the United States, as developing nations achieve prosperity they will want air conditioners, sanitation and food- and those all require energy. They sure are not going to let already wealthy nations tell them they mus ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 5 2017 - 6:30am

How Plants Sense The World

Plants somehow respond to environmental cues and dangers, especially virulent pathogens, despite a lack of eyes or ears. How is that possible? It's thanks to hundreds of membrane proteins that can sense microbes or other stresses, but only a small po ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 20 2018 - 12:05pm

The Real Risks Of A 'Natural' Dog Diet

Just as many people are trying to eat less processed food to improve their health, some dog owners are turning away from conventional pet food. Instead they’re trying to get back to what they see as a more traditional “butcher’s dog” diet of raw meat, alb ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 26 2018 - 6:58am

Don't Trust Government To Deliver Welfare Standards For Chickens

Claims of secret meetings and manipulation of the policy agenda. A split in government ranks, and threats to withdraw from a national review. It’s all just part and parcel of the latest round in the development of Australian animal welfare standards and g ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 11 2018 - 6:46pm

Journalists Continue To Hope, But There Is No Beecopalypse Or Colony Collapse Disorder

USDA has reported that honeybees are down 4 percent for 2017, which set off another flurry of Beepocalypse claims by corporate journalists who desperately want to believe that modern science is killing us. What gets left out of the story is that the 4 perc ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 19 2018 - 10:10am