The next time you’re outside, take a look at the plants around you. Notice anything? Continue reading “Rare plants can’t compete”
Noise pollution is becoming (ok, already is) a problem in cities. Traffic, construction, people yelling: you name it, it’s probably noisy. Cities aren’t the only places where humans make noise, though. Even in more rural areas, industrial projects, airports, oilfields, etc. raise quite a racket. Continue reading “Singin’ in the prairie”
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!
J.B.S. Haldane once remarked that if there is a creator, they must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. Hundreds of thousands of beetle species have been named; by contrast, there are only about 60,000 described species of vertebrates*. Naturally, the sheer number and diversity of beetles out there is of great interest to biologists.
Summer 2017 has been one heck of a hurricane season. Continue reading “Extreme weather underwater”
You know how antibiotics are great because they kill bad bacteria and make you better, but are also kind of iffy because they kill good bacteria and make you a little ill? Antibiotics are made to kill bacteria, indiscriminately, no matter whether they’re harmful or helpful. The same thing goes on with pesticides (insecticides) and plants. Continue reading “Title translation: Bumblebee vs pesticide”
It’s honey bee day guys! Honey bees are perhaps the most familiar of bees: they’re important pollinators for many agricultural crops, and they make HONEY! Yummm, honey. Continue reading “Happy honey bee day!”
We thought we’d try something new with this graphic. Instead of discussing a whole research paper, we focus just on the title! This graphic dismantles, examines, and rebuilds the title of a recently published paper. Continue reading “Title translation: Bird personality”