Complex mathematical problem solved by bees
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bumblebees can find the solution to a complex mathematical problem which keeps computers busy for days.
Bite to the death: Sugarbag bees launch all-conquering raids
They may be tiny and stingless but there's nothing sweet and innocent about a species of native Sugarbag bee when it goes to war over a coveted honey-filled hive.
Beetles stand out using Avatar tech
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study suggests that jewel scarab beetles find each other -- and hide from their enemies -- using the same technology that creates the 3D effects for the blockbuster movie Avatar.
After 60 million years apart, two fern genera form hybrid in the mountains of France
In an article published in the March 2015 issue of The American Naturalist, a team of researchers report on a fern from the French Pyrenees that is a recently formed intergeneric hybrid between parental lineag ...
Researchers predict painted turtles face extinction due to global warming
Inheritance of lifespan is sex-dependent in fruit flies
Like mother, like daughter; like father, like son. Evolutionary biologists at the universities in Bielefeld and Uppsala (Sweden) have now shown that this proverb also applies to inheriting a long life – at least for fruit ...
Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?
(Phys.org) -- Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose?
Singing mice protect their turf with high-pitched tunes
Two species of tawny brown singing mice that live deep in the mountain cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama set their boundaries by emitting high-pitched trills, researchers at The University of Texas at ...
Switching sexes and rearranging genitals: Tahitian bugs reveal unusual habits
Researchers from Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales have discovered a strange mechanism whereby two species of traumatically inseminating plant bug are able to live together in Tahiti, ...
Baboon foraging choices depend on their habitat and social status: study
In a study published today in The American Naturalist, a group of scientists led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have used a technique developed to study human consumer choices to investigate what i ...
Research duo report first observation of cross species mimicry to ward off reproductive efforts
Designer babies may explain insect sociality
(Phys.org)—Being able to choose the sex of their babies may be the key to the complex societies built by ants, bees, and wasps, according to Oxford University scientists.
Simple math may solve longstanding problem of parasite energetics
Feeling faint from the flu? Is your cold causing you to collapse? Your infection is the most likely cause, and, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara research scientist Ryan Hechinger, it may be possible ...
Huge hamsters and pint-sized porcupines thrive on islands
From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science. Biologists have long believed that large animals evolving on islands tend to get smaller, while ...