Could architects and engineers learn from the ways of termites if they were to study them? Indeed, a new study in Frontiers in Materials shows how scientists can use termite mounds to make buildings comfortable without the carbon footprint of air conditioning.
National Geographic Explorer Joel Sartore has achieved another milestone for the National Geographic Photo Ark project by photographing the 14,000th species, an Indochinese green magpie (Cissa hypoleuca), at the Los Angeles Zoo. Sartore has documented over half of his goal of more than 20,000 species living in human care. The Photo Ark will serve as…
When she’s not at work, Gina enjoys filling her garden with pollinator-friendly plants and flowers. She has also taken up beekeeping and has become quite passionate about it.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to attract mosquitoes while others don’t? Well, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech recently discovered that certain soaps can actually make you more attractive or repellent to mosquitoes, depending on your unique odor profile.
Have you ever wondered why bugs seem to always swarm around light sources? It’s a common phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for many years. There are a variety of theories available – all of them pretty sad…
A recent study published in Biotropica reveals that the Dwarf Reed Snake (Pseudorabdion longiceps) has been found to perform cartwheels when threatened, making it the first time such an active rolling motion has been documented in snakes.
Black widow spiders have earned a fearsome reputation for their venomous bite. But in parts of the southern United States these spiders have much to fear themselves—from their brown widow spider relatives who really don’t like their company.
A Swiss team, led by scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), has discovered the internal thermometer of seeds that can delay or even block germination if temperatures are too high for the future seedling.
Neuroscience research just got a little bit easier, thanks to the release of tens of thousands of images of fruit fly brain neurons generated by Janelia’s FlyLight Project Team.
Michael Skvarla made a remarkable discovery while on a routine trip to Walmart in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As he walked into the store, he spotted a large bug on the side of the building and decided to take it home.