Museum workers pronounce dobsonfly found in China, largest aquatic insect
It takes two to court: Researchers identify functions of two classes of mouse pheromone receptors
Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have identified the functions of two classes of pheromone receptors, and found pheromones crucial to triggering the mating process in mice.
Underground amphibians evolved unique ear
Caecilians have developed an oversized organ in their ears to help them sense underground vibrations, say scientists.
Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared
After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. ...
Nearly 50 years of lemur data now available online (w/ Video)
A 48-year archive of life history data for the world's largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The Duke Lemur Center database allows visitors to view ...
Smarter than a first-grader?
In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over ...
How honey bees stay cool
Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by ...
15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes
A comprehensive 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the ...
Dead body feeding larvae useful in forensic investigations
Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval. A report of synant ...
Blood flow lends insights to bird flight and motion
The blood flow to leg bones in birds has been shown to correlate to their locomotion patterns.
Should we listen to our genes, or does mother know best?
Breaking the mould of inherited family characteristics could help you survive in a fast-changing world, scientists have discovered.
Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material
Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical ...
Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics
Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier ...
Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell, study finds
Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday.