A murmuration of starlings. The phrase reads like something from literature or the title of an arthouse film. In fact, it is meant to describe the phenomenon that results when hundreds, sometimes thousands, of these birds ...
Biologists show that fruit fly larvae can make decisions about feeding that balance risk against benefit
We humans aren't the only creatures drawn by the smell of a good meal. Fruit fly larvae, it turns out, are equally susceptible to food scents, although the odors that attract them may not appeal to us.
Researchers find support for redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest and envy—but not fairness
Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, researchers at UC Santa Barbara find ...
Context is king when advocating for renewable energy policies, according to political science professor
The first rule of advocating for climate change-related legislation is: You do not talk about "climate change." The term has become so polarizing that its mere mention can cause reasonable people to draw seemingly immutable ...
How minimizing fluid friction can make oceangoing vessels more fuel-efficient and reduce harmful emissions
Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort—that's what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise.
Physicists review three experiments that hint at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics
To anyone but a physicist, it sounds like something out of "Star Trek." But lepton universality is a real thing.
Several hundred miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, a small tectonic plate called the Juan de Fuca is slowly sliding under the North American continent. This subduction has created a collision zone with the potential to ...
Over the past half century, food production has intensified to meet the growing demand. And as agricultural fields have become ever larger, more pesticides are required to enhance yield.
Scientists find that the space bullethead parrotfish use is influenced more by competition than by fear of predators
It's a fish-eat-fish world out in the ocean, and prey species usually fear the predators that would make them into a tasty snack.
As certain species decline in number, the geographic areas they inhabit also shrink. Still, even with less space to occupy, these decreasing populations manage to remain locally abundant.