Ecology & Zoology

Male Honeybees Inject Toxins During Sex That Cause Temporary Blindness

Though bees can live for years, their mating period is brief so male honeybees use a bee version of Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol- colloquially roofies) to improve their chances of being the successful dad. They inject vision-imparing toxins during sex that caus ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 10 2019 - 10:13am

Ecologists Say Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Give Birds Anorexia

A team of ecologists exposed Zonotrichia leucophrys (white-crowned sparrows) to the seed treatment known as imidacloprid (in the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids) and say the measured weight mass declined in just a few hours, which led to the ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 12 2019 - 7:33pm

Palorchestes Azael: Wombat Ancestor Weighed 2,000 Lbs.

When we think of marsupials (carrying young in a pouch) they are small and cute (opossum, wombat) to a little more menacing (kangaroos in boxing gloves) but nothing like  Palorchestid marsupials, an extinct group of Australian megafauna, who were large, ha ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 15 2019 - 1:39pm

How Flawed Is Environmental Law? Ask The Paiute Cutthroat Trout After 8 Years Of Environmental Groups Blocking Its Restoration

Eight years ago I wrote about how environmental lobbyists working for environmental lawyer groups kept the federal government in such a tail-chasing frenzy nothing could ever really get accomplished. My frustration was over the Paiute cutthroat trout, a ra ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Sep 18 2019 - 2:04pm