Fear of the cuckoo mafia
If a restaurant owner fails to pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like these are seldom required, however, as fear of the consequences is enough to ...
Offspring benefit from mum sending the right message
(Phys.org) —Researchers have uncovered a previously unforeseen interaction between the sexes which reveals that offspring survival is affected by chemical signals emitted from the females' eggs.
Australian brush-turkey eggs inspire ideas for germ-resistant coatings
(Phys.org) —Rather than sit on its eggs to incubate them, the Australian brush-turkey buries them in rotting vegetation. While bacterial decomposition heats the eggs, it doesn't infect them. University ...
The ups and downs of getting grumpy bears to have sex
There is nothing intrinsic to pandas that makes them bad at breeding. It is true that they only have one menstrual cycle each year, but this is true of many creatures. Animals that have multiple cycles per ...
Researchers develop technique for pasteurizing raw eggs
Classic Caesar salad, old-fashioned eggnog, some homemade ice cream—and many other popular foods—may contain raw eggs. Now, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-led research has produced a faster way ...
Researchers discover ancient virus DNA remnants necessary for pluripotency in humans
'Breaking bad': Insect pests in the making
Of thousands of known species of Drosophila fruit flies, just one is known as a crop pest, depositing eggs inside ripening fruit so its maggots can feed and grow. New research from the University of Califo ...
New understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women's eggs
A new study from the University of Southampton has provided scientists with a better understanding of why chromosome errors are high in women's eggs.
NYC to host smartphone hunt for giant Easter eggs
New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.
Smaller salmon spawn better in riverbeds than larger counterparts
For salmon, being bigger isn't always better. Being a little smaller—at least intermediate size—is more advantageous for maximum spawning in riverbeds, a University of Wyoming researcher recently discovered.
Disgraced SKorean scientist's conviction upheld
(AP)—South Korea's top court has upheld a suspended prison term on disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk on criminal charges related to faked research.
Stratification determines the fate of fish stocks in the Baltic Sea
In the Baltic Sea, two cod stocks evolve independently. Also the juveniles of two economically important flatfish species, flounder and plaice, live there within limited space. This is possible due to the ...
Landmark egg production study reveals reduction in environmental impact over past 50 years
A new study published in Poultry Science shows that while U.S. egg production has increased over the past 50 years, the industry has also been able to significantly decrease its environmental footprint. Researchers conduc ...
New study may aid rearing of stink bugs for biological control
Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), a pred ...