Festo has BionicANTs communicating by the rules for tasks
Field study shows group decision making not always the best
Study shows some spiders have individualized personalities
Evolution shapes new rules for ant behavior
In ancient Greece, the city-states that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community's crops often experienced better long-term success.
Researchers glue bar codes on to ants to study individual behavior within group (w/ video)
Fire ants assemble as a 'super-organism' (w/ video)
The ants may go marching one by one, but they end up forming a superstructure of thousands -- and together they can form a raft that stretches the boundaries of the laws of physics, according to new research ...
Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study
A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.
Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Manganese speeds up honey bees
Asked to name one way people have changed the environment, many people would probably say "global warming." But that's really just the start of it.
'Stressed' young bees could be the cause of colony collapse
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a major threat to bee colonies around the world and affects their ability to perform vital human food crop pollination. It has been a cause of urgent concern for scientists ...
Researchers confirm that neonicotinoid insecticides impair bee's brains
Research at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee has confirmed that levels of neonicotinoid insecticides accepted to exist in agriculture cause both impairment of bumblebees' brain cells and subsequent ...
Field study suggests brain size in ants adheres to specialization hypothesis
You are what you eat—if you're a coral reef fish
In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators.
Proving 'group selection': Spider colonies need the correct mix of personalities to survive
Along rivers in Tennessee and Georgia, scientists have been studying brownish-orange spiders, called Anelosimus studiosus, that make cobwebby nests "anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of a V ...