Rare leafcutter bee fossils reveal Ice Age environment at the La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits, the world's richest and most important Ice Age fossil locality, is most celebrated for it collection of saber-toothed cats and mammoths. The site's lesser known, but equally vast insect ...
Longer catch-and-release time leaves largemouth bass nests more vulnerable to predators
During spawning season, a largemouth bass male attentively guards its nest. Recent research at the University of Illinois found that catch-and-release angling could give bass predators the perfect opportunity ...
Nest Labs disables feature on smoke alarms
The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.
Hidden ants reveal gold better than top-dwelling termites
Subterranean ants and termites are leading researchers and prospectors alike, to gold and other minerals in the northern Yilgarn district.
Deer feeding puts birds at risk
By comparing the fate of artificial nests close and far away from supplementary feeding sites located in the forest for ungulates, such as deer and wild boar, researchers found that those nests in the vicinity ...
Urban bees using plastic to build hives
Once the snow melts, Canada's bee population will be back in business—pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste.
First in non-primates: Research shows jackdaws use eyes for communication
Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates.
No-till soybean fields give (even some rare) birds a foothold in Illinois
(Phys.org) —Researchers report in a new study that several bird species – some of them relatively rare – are making extensive use of soybean fields in Illinois. The team found significantly more birds ...
Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes
When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation.
Google buys 'smart' thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 bn
Google on Monday announced that it is buying smart thermostat start-up Nest in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.
Birds outsmart wasps to feed young
(Phys.org) —A species of bird found in Central and South America is able to supply its young with a steady diet of wasp larvae, evading stings from defending workers by using physical, not chemical tactics ...
Chickless birds guard nests of relatives
(Phys.org) —New research has solved a mystery as to why some birds choose not to reproduce, and instead help to guard the nests of their close relatives. This occurs in about nine percent of all bird species.
Magpie parents know a baby cuckoo when they see one
Cuckoos that lay their eggs in the nest of a magpie so that their chicks can be raised by the latter better hope that their young are not raised together with other magpies. The chances of cuckoo fledglings raised in mixed ...
How tree sparrows recognize foreign eggs in their nests
Many birds have reason to worry that the eggs in their nest might not be their own: birds often deposit eggs into other nests and it is not easy for parents to tell their eggs from others. Researchers at ...