Mantas, devil rays butchered for apothecary trade now identifiable
Since dried filters from the mouths of filter-feeding rays hit apothecary shop menus in Asia—the thought being that eating ground-up filters will cleanse one's liver—there's been no way to know which ...
Insect larvae turn pan-ready with home appliance Farm 432
GM silkworms bred to spin fluorescent
Parasitic wasps use calcium pump to block fruit fly immunity
Parasitic wasps switch off the immune systems of fruit flies by draining calcium from the flies' blood cells, a finding that offers new insight into how pathogens break through a host's defenses.
Nanosuits help small creatures survive a vacuum
Endangered lemurs' complete genomes sequenced, analyzed for conservation efforts
For the first time, the complete genomes of three separate populations of aye-ayes—a type of lemur—have been sequenced and analyzed in an effort to help guide conservation efforts. The results of the ...
Fruit flies medicate their larvae with alcohol
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Fruit flies use alcohol as a drug to kill parasites
Fruit flies infected with a blood-borne parasite consume alcohol to self-medicate, a behavior that greatly increases their survival rate, an Emory University study finds.
Supersoldier ants created in the lab by reactivating ancestral genes
Follow the leader: Insects benefit from good leadership too
Scientists have shown for the first time that when insect larvae follow a leader to forage for food, both leaders and followers benefit, growing much faster than if they are in a group of only leaders or ...
From whales to larvae, study finds common principles at work in swimming
At nearly 100 feet long and weighing as much as 170 tons, the blue whale is the largest creature on the planet, and by far the heaviest living thing ever seen on Earth. So there's no way it could have anything ...
Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
Secrets of how worms wriggle uncovered
An engineer at the University of Liverpool has found how worms move around, despite not having a brain to communicate with the body.