A cool new article is out in eLife about fruit fly mutants: more specifically the yellow ones. It’s open access, plus there’s a digest explaining what the team found in more detail for those non-geneticists out there. Check it out!Continue reading “Mutant fruit flies”
When it comes to wombats, two questions weigh heavily on our minds: Continue reading “How wombats poop cubes”
We’re amassing quite a number of posts about biodiversity and speciation (the process of becoming a new species). Not too surprising, really, because that’s a huge question in ecology and evolution! Continue reading “The way you move…”
Have a look outside. What organisms do you see there? (For me, some squirrels and elm trees!) Now think about all the other kinds of places those animals might live in, with different climates than where you are: somewhere way hotter, or drier, or with less pronounced seasons. What about the animals there? What are they like?Continue reading “Setting the standard”
Oh man. Pine scent. Personally I’ve never wondered about the function of this delicious smell in nature. When you think about it, there’s no way trees produce these fragrant compounds for nothing! A new open access paper in Nature Geoscience looking into this mystery totally blew our minds… and so we drew it immediately. Yet another reason why volatile organic compounds are pretty much the coolest things EVER*! Continue reading “Pine-scented infographic”
The next time you’re outside, take a look at the plants around you. Notice anything? Continue reading “Rare plants can’t compete”
GUYS. Matabele ants, Megaponera analis, are amazing. Why? Continue reading “Warrior ants tend their wounded”
The boreal forest, also called the taiga, is the northern forest that circles the globe and borders the arctic circle. There, hardy conifers like pine and spruce set up shop in the nutrient-poor soil. What affects their growth the most? Is it the temperature? Lack of water? Not enough sun? …Or is it something else? Find out below!