Could our diet while growing up affect our offspring's vitality?
(Phys.org) —You are what you eat - and so are your offspring. And in the title bout featuring protein versus sugar, protein is the winner.
Scientists reveal 177 new species of wasps in Central and South America
(Phys.org)—Yesterday there were just 15, but today there are at least 192 species of South and Central American orthocentrine parasitoid wasps, scientists report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal So ...
Pantry pests trade immunity for sex
(Phys.org) —When presented with a bevy of beauties, male meal moths - the scourge of many a household pantry - will prefer to invest in sex over self-preservation, according to researchers.
Can behavior be controlled by genes? The case of honeybee work assignments
What worker bees do depends on how old they are. A worker a few days old will become a nurse bee that devotes herself to feeding larvae (brood), secreting beeswax to seal the cells that contain brood and attending ...
Scientists call for global action on coral reefs
Urgent cuts in carbon emissions are needed if Caribbean coral reefs are to survive past the end of the century, scientists have warned.
Using plants to silence insect genes in a high-throughput manner
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany, are now using a procedure which brings forward ecological research on insects: They study gene functions in moth larvae by manipulating ...
Surf's up: Turbulence tells sea urchins to settle down
(Phys.org) —Tumbling in the waves as they hit a rocky shore tells purple sea urchin larvae it's time to settle down and look for a spot to grow into an adult, researchers at the University of California, ...
Scientists identify likely origins of vertebrate air breathing
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have identified what they think is the ancestral trait that allowed for the evolution of air breathing in vertebrates. They will present their research at the 42nd annual meeting ...
Pitcher plants provide tipping point: Researchers use them to identify signs of trouble in lakes
Most of us want to swim in a lake where we can see our toes. Clear, oxygen-rich water supports not only human swimmers, but also intricate webs of animal and microbial life. That life can be disrupted when ...
Scientists open new window into human learning—by studying maggots
(Phys.org) —The squirming larva of the humble fruit fly, which shares a surprising amount of genetic material with the human being, is helping scientists to understand the way we learn information from ...
Researchers field test genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue fever
Microscope looks into cells of living fish
Microscopes provide valuable insights in the structure and dynamics of cells, in particular when the latter remain in their natural environment. However, this is very difficult especially for higher organisms. ...
Superfast evolution in sea stars
(Phys.org) -- How quickly can new species arise? In as little as 6,000 years, according to a study of Australian sea stars.
Ocean acidification changes the behaviour of baby coral
(Phys.org) -- Ocean acidification caused by human development can alter the behaviour of baby corals, a new study shows.