Search results for Invertebrate

Plants & Animals Apr 29, 2021

Wasps: Why we should love our underrated pollinators

I was lying on the jungle floor of a Malaysian rainforest with a wasp nest dangling 10 cm from my nose. I had painted each wasp with a few colored spots so that I could tell one from another.

Earth Sciences Apr 29, 2021

Flies grow bigger up north: Insect size a promising new proxy for palaeoclimate

Scientists use many proxies to reconstruct Earth's ancient climates. Pollen, diatoms, geochemical isotopes and fossils, for example, all contribute to piecing together past-climate puzzles. The ubiquity and wide geographic ...

Plants & Animals Apr 28, 2021

A case for simplifying gene nomenclature across different organisms

Constantina Theofanopoulou wanted to study oxytocin. Her graduate work had focused on how the hormone influences human speech development, and now she was preparing to use those findings to investigate how songbirds learn ...

Biotechnology Apr 27, 2021

The pioneering technology that is uncovering the mysteries of the 'kraken'

The legend of the "kraken" has captivated humans for millennia. Stories of deep-sea squid dragging sailors and even entire ships to their doom can be found in everything from ancient Greek mythology to modern-day movie blockbusters. ...

Molecular & Computational biology Apr 27, 2021

Exposure to Roundup extends seizure-like behavior in roundworms

The popular herbicide Roundup has been in the news because of concerns its main ingredient, glyphosate, might cause cancer. Now researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) are evaluating the pesticide for potential ...

Plants & Animals Apr 27, 2021

Could corals use sound to communicate?

Corals are part of a highly complex ecosystem, but it remains a mystery if and how they might communicate within their biological community. In a new study, researchers found evidence of sound-related genes in corals, suggesting ...

Environment Apr 27, 2021

Alternative meats are not suppressing reliance on grazing animal sources

The addition of meat alternatives such as poultry and fish is not reducing the global production and consumption of energy-gobbling land-based meats, according to new research.

Paleontology & Fossils Apr 20, 2021

'Dead clades walking': Fossil record provides new insights into mass extinctions

Mass extinctions are known as times of global upheaval, causing rapid losses in biodiversity that wipe out entire animal groups. Some of the doomed groups linger on before going extinct, and a team of scientists found these ...

Plants & Animals Apr 20, 2021

Biologists discover a new type of placental structure in animals

The Cyclostomata is an ancient group of aquatic colonial suspension-feeders from the phylum Bryozoa. The fact that they have unique placentae has been discovered by researchers at St Petersburg University and the University ...

Plants & Animals Apr 19, 2021

Learning about system stability from ants

A new type of collective behavior in ants has been revealed by an international team of scientists, headed by biologist Professor Iain Couzin, co-director of the Cluster of Excellence "Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective ...

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