Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet—though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R."
Colour variability in Crimson Rosellas is linked to a virus
Despite its name, the Crimson Rosella is perhaps Australia's most colour-variable bird and a cause of this striking and beautiful diversity seems to be a disease that's potentially deadly to many other parrots.
Parasites fail to halt European bumblebee invasion of the UK
A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, according to new research at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Video: Beehive study highlights how leaderless complex systems manage to get things done
When we refer to someone as the "queen bee," we are suggesting the individual might be in charge of the situation. But, in fact, actual queen bees are not in charge of anything. Their job is to lay eggs, not to rule the hive.
My kingdom for a grave: court rules on Richard III burial site
British judges on Friday finally ended a bitter debate over the burial of king Richard III, ruling that his remains should be laid to rest in a cathedral in the city where they were found under a car park.
Researchers test whether Red Queen hypothesis makes species resilient
In Lewis Carroll's 1871 classic novel Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice: "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place."
New invasive species breakthrough sparks interest around the world
A research breakthrough at Queen's University Belfast has sparked interest among aquatic biologists, zoologists and ecologists around the world.
Queen bee's honesty is the best policy for reproduction signals
Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations ...
Sex determiner gene of honey bee more complicated that previously assumed
Bee colonies consist of a queen bee, lots of female worker bees and some male drones. The gene that determines the sex of the bees is much more complex than has been assumed up until now and has developed over the course ...
Ecologists get first bumblebees' eye view of the landscape
Ecologists have produced the most detailed picture yet of how bumblebees use the landscape thanks to DNA technology and remote sensing. The results – which come from the largest ever study of wild bumblebee ...
New research provides evolutionary snapshot of surprisingly altruistic bees
(Phys.org) —A paper published today in Current Biology demonstrates that even in the hopeless situation of colony collapse, queenless honeybees will still show remarkable altruism towards their colony, defend ...
The Red Queen was right: We have to run to keep in place
Biologists quote Lewis Carroll when arguing that survival is a constant struggle to adapt and evolve. Is that true, or do groups die out because they experience a run of bad luck? Charles Marshall and Tiago ...
Web pioneers win inaugural $1.5 mn engineering prize
Five engineers who helped create the Internet were on Monday awarded a $1.5 million prize which British organisers hope will come to be seen as equivalent to a Nobel prize for engineering.
Shipwreck find could be legendary 'sunstone'
An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.