Study of dragonfly prey detection wins PNAS Cozzarelli Prize
Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido, a postdoctoral scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and her colleagues have been awarded a 2012 Cozzarelli Prize by the editorial board of the Proceedings of th ...
Dragonflies, as climate change indicators
Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it.
US company aims to 'harvest' asteroids
A US company said Tuesday it plans to send a fleet of spacecraft into the solar system to mine asteroids for metals and other materials in the hopes of furthering exploration of the final frontier.
Dragonflies have human-like 'selective attention'
In a discovery that may prove important for cognitive science, our understanding of nature and applications for robot vision, researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence that the dragonfly ...
Researchers discover molecular basis for body-color change in red dragonflies
Japanese researchers have discovered that the body color of the red dragonflies changes from yellow to red through redox reaction of pigments called ommochromes.
Humble bug plugs gap in fossil record
One day 370 million years ago, a tiny larva came to a sticky end when it plunged into a shrimp-infested swamp and drowned.
Foundational concept of ecology tested by experiment
An elementary school science activity asks children who have each been assigned a wetland plant or animal to connect themselves with string and tape to other "organisms" their assigned plant or animal interacts ...
Reign of the giant insects ended with the evolution of birds, study finds
(Phys.org) -- Giant insects ruled the prehistoric skies during periods when Earth's atmosphere was rich in oxygen. Then came the birds. After the evolution of birds about 150 million years ago, insects got ...
Tracking dragonflies on the wing
(PhysOrg.com) -- Duke University electrical engineers have developed a wirelessly powered telemetry system that is light and powerful enough to allow scientists to study the intricate neurological activity ...
Japan opens Fukushima reactors to outside eyes
Japan took a group of journalists inside its crippled nuclear plant for the first time on Saturday, stepping up efforts to prove to the world it is on top of the disaster.
Insects are scared to death of fish
The mere presence of a predator causes enough stress to kill a dragonfly, even when the predator cannot actually get at its prey to eat it, say biologists at the University of Toronto.
Dragonflies: The flying aces of the insect world
Next time you see a dragonfly, try to watch it catch its next meal on the go. Good luck!
Microstructure-induced biomechanical responses of dragonfly wing veins
Wang's research team discovered the sandwich microstructure of dragonfly wing veins1 and recently revealed the organic junction between these longitudinal veins and membranes of the dragonfly wing2. Based on observed mic ...
Halloween horror story -- tale of the headless dragonfly
In a short, violent battle that could have happened somewhere this afternoon, the lizard made a fast lunge at the dragonfly, bit its head off and turned to run away. Lunch was served.