British birds may be learning to use invasive wasps as key food source, research suggests
Biologists have found that blue tits, great tits and other native birds have learnt to peck away the tips of the galls formed by invading oak gall wasps and eat the juicy larvae inside, which are rich in ...
Gene breakthrough boosts hopes for sorghum
Agricultural researchers on Tuesday said they had found a gene that boosts the digestibility of sorghum, transforming a humble grain into a potential famine-beater.
Evolutionary egg question answered: Turtle goo reduces oxygen
(Phys.org)—Some reptile species give birth to live young, but turtles have never evolved this ability. New research is revealing why.
Man will have smaller fish to fry, biologists warn
As fish get smaller under Man's environmental impact, they become more exposed to predators, which means a crucial food source will become more endangered than thought, scientists said on Wednesday.
Insects' manipulation of plant phenotype that realized their ultimate "su-gomori life (reclusive life in the nest)"
Researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, have discovered a novel phenomenon that in galls (plant-made nests) formed by some aphid species, the inner gall wall ...
Warmer soils release additional CO2 into atmosphere; Effect stabilizes over longer term
Warmer temperatures due to climate change could cause soils to release additional carbon into the atmosphere, thereby enhancing climate change – but that effect diminishes over the long term, finds a new ...
Photovoltaics beat biofuels at converting sun's energy to miles driven
In 2005, President George W. Bush and American corn farmers saw corn ethanol as a promising fossil fuel substitute that would reduce both American dependence on foreign oil and greenhouse gas emissions. Accordingly, the 2005 ...
Keeping a float: Researchers gather data from high-tech float launched near Antarctica
(Phys.org)—Off the coast of Antarctica, a 4-foot-long, bright yellow tube is drifting through the Southern Ocean and collecting scientific data on the frigid surrounding water.
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Report finds climate change already having major effects on ecosystems, species
(Phys.org)—Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events – such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating – at faster rates than researchers documented ...
Researchers synthesize sound from electrical energy of slime mold
Fish have enormous nutrient impacts on marine ecosystems, study finds
(Phys.org)—Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Georgia and Florida International ...
Resurrection of extinct enzymes reveals evolutionary strategy for the invention of new functions
How does evolution innovate? We exist because our ancestors have had the ability to adapt successfully to changes in their environment; however, merely examining present-day organisms can limit our understanding of the actual ...
Sugar ants 'know when they're lost'
(Phys.org)—Australian sugar ants know their surroundings so well that putting them in a different place can immediately trigger a 'lost' reaction, new research shows.