Bee brains challenge view that larger brains are superior at understanding conceptual relationships
Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit their infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential ...
Fish study links brain size to parental duties
Male stickleback fish that protect their young have bigger brains than counterparts that don't care for offspring, finds a new University of British Columbia study.
How steroid hormones enable plants to grow
Plants can adapt extremely quickly to changes in their environment. Hormones, chemical messengers that are activated in direct response to light and temperature stimuli help them achieve this. Plant steroid ...
Are flexible parents adaptable parents?
(Phys.org) —The flexibility of parental behaviours to respond to changes in behaviour of their offspring may actually constrain the ability of parents to adapt to changes in their wider environment.
500 million year reset for the immune system
A single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged.
Norway fishermen post record-breaking whale haul
Fishermen in Norway have caught 729 whales this year, the highest number since it resumed the controversial practice in defiance of international pressure, industry sources said on Monday.
One Codex in open beta for genomic data search
Pygmy phenotype developed many times, adaptive to rainforest
The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers, but all African pygmy phenotypes ...
Pollen on birds shows feeding grounds
Encrusted pollen on migrating birds' heads can shed light on where they've taken a break from migration to refuel, scientists say.
Ninjabot strikes with force of a mantis shrimp
Artificial cells act like the real thing
Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent to living cells is difficult to achieve outside the cell. Now, as published ...
Speckled beetle key to saving crops in Ethiopia
(Phys.org) —An invasive weed poses a serious and frightening threat to farming families in Ethiopia, but scientists from a Virginia Tech-led program have unleashed a new weapon in the fight against hunger: ...