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Plants & Animals Dec 11, 2019

Uncovering how endangered pangolins, or 'scaly anteaters,' digest food

The endangered Sunda pangolin, or "scaly anteater," is a widely trafficked mammal, prized in some cultures for its meat and scales. Little is known about these animals, and raising rescued pangolins is tricky. In the wild, ...

Plants & Animals Dec 11, 2019

Azteca ant colonies move the same way leopards' spots form

What could Azteca ants in coffee farms in Mexico have in common with leopards' spots and zebras' stripes?

Cell & Microbiology Dec 11, 2019

Antibiotic resistance and cancer: six surprising places scientists are looking for new drugs

Scientists recently announced the discovery of a novel antibiotic produced by bacteria living inside a nematode (roundworm). Although this molecule needs further analyses, the finding, published in Nature, brings hope to ...

Plants & Animals Dec 09, 2019

Wing genes responsible for tiny treehopper's extraordinary helmet: study

They sport some of the most impressive headgear in the insect world, yet they're no bigger than a kernel of corn.

Ecology Dec 11, 2019

Invest in pollinator monitoring for long-term gain

New research shows that for every $1 invested in pollinator monitoring schemes, at least $1.50 can be saved, from otherwise costly independent research projects.

Plants & Animals Nov 25, 2019

Tawny crazy ants' weird genetics may help them thrive in new environments

Tawny crazy ants' pattern of genetic inheritance may have helped the South American species spread in the U.S., Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have discovered. The results could lead to a new way to control this invasive ...

Archaeology & Fossils Nov 26, 2019

16-million-year-old fossil shows springtails hitchhiking on winged termite

When trying to better the odds for survival, a major dilemma that many animals face is dispersal—being able to pick up and leave to occupy new lands, find fresh resources and mates, and avoid intraspecies competition in ...

General Physics Nov 26, 2019

Fire ants' raft building skills react as fluid forces change

Fire ants build living rafts to survive floods and rainy seasons. Georgia Tech scientists are studying if a fire ant colony's ability to respond to changes in their environment during a flood is an instinctual behavior and ...

Plants & Animals Dec 03, 2019

The bizarre and ecologically important hidden lives of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes. Hordes of them, buzzing in your ear and biting incessantly, a maddening nuisance without equal. And not to mention the devastating health impacts caused by malaria, Zika virus and other pathogens they spread.

Plants & Animals Nov 20, 2019

To navigate, flies make flexible mental maps of the world

In a circular arena, a fruit fly navigates a virtual landscape illuminated by black and blue lights. The fly is tethered in place, able to flap its wings but not move its head. Images on the wall rotate to give the illusion ...

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