Ecology & Zoology

Why Some Deer Have Fangs Instead Of Antlers Like Most Other Cloven-Hoofed Animals

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science-- When do you need a broadsword, and when would you be better off with a dagger? That's the question that faced artiodactyls, the group of mammals that includes deer, antelope, goats, giraffes, pigs, buffalo and cows, d ...

Article - Inside Science - Nov 16 2018 - 11:55am

Like Biodiversity? Thank Sexual Harassment

What factors sustain the diversity of life on our planet? You might be surprised to learn one answer is sexual harassment.  ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 26 2018 - 1:29pm

Wind Energy Isn't Just Killing Birds, It's Making Them Change Their Tunes

Wind turbines are a leading source of green energy which could supply 12% of the world’s energy by 2020. But their use is often criticised for its impact on wildlife, particularly birds. Larger birds can collide with turbines and some have even learned to ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 21 2018 - 10:00am

10 Positive Ecology Stories You May Have Missed In 2018

Let’s be honest – environment news isn’t always the jolliest, and 2018 was no exception. From climate change, to recycling, to energy policy, at times it has felt like we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the next. So here are ten upbeat environmental s ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 22 2018 - 9:00am

We Are NOT Headed For World Without Insects- Insect Decline Survey Hitting Headlines Non Systematic, Patchy & With Limited Data

Please don’t be scared by this, it is just the journalists hyping things up again. It does not mean what it seems to mean from the headlines. Insects can’t vanish and we will continue to be able to grow our crops and do agriculture. The study itself invol ...

Article - Robert Walker - Feb 14 2019 - 2:02pm

Sweet Viceroy Butterflies Turn Sour To Stop Predators

Limenitus archippus, the viceroy butterfly is a mimic, modeling its orange-and-black colors after the queen butterfly, a bug that tastes so disgusting predators have learned not to eat it or anything that looks like it, including viceroys. The apparent dep ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 26 2019 - 8:00am

Amiskwia Sagittiformis: Weird Chimera Worm May Finally Get Its Place In The Tree Of Life

Ribbon worm? Arrow worm? Since the discovery of its fossil over a century ago, paleontologists have speculated about what branch of evolution Amiskwia sagittiformis was on. Charles Doolittle Walcott, who first described it, compared it to the a group of oc ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 26 2019 - 9:47am

Megachile Pluto: Wallace's Giant Bee Was Never Extinct, It Was Just Hard To Find

Megachile pluto, Wallace's giant bee, is the world's largest, with a wingspan more than 2.5 inches. Though it should be easy enough to see, some had believed it was extinct because it hadn't been seen by western scientists since 1981. In Jan ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2019 - 4:27pm

World's Oldest Semen As Viable As Sperm From Last Year

Semen stored in a laboratory in Sydney has been defrosted and successfully used to impregnate 34 Merino ewes, with the resulting live birth rate as high sperm frozen for just 12 months. The authors believe the sperm used is the oldest viable stored semen ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 17 2019 - 6:39pm

Darwin's Raw Dog Food Ironically Uses No Biological Science And Will Poison Your Pet

Everyone in 2019 likes to claim their beliefs are grounded in evidence.  The most anti-science groups, from the journalism department at New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute to Greenpeace, still claim to have evidence-based decision-ma ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 12 2019 - 9:19am