GUYS. Matabele ants, Megaponera analis, are amazing. Why? Continue reading “Warrior ants tend their wounded”
Something cool is going on in the nematode worm Auanema rhodensis! Nematodes are tiny (0.1 – 2.5mm) roundworms that are found pretty much everywhere, many species of which are parasitic. The popular research species C. elegans (pictured below) is also a nematode, for reference. Continue reading “Meiosis, modulated”
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.
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!”
Our good friend Charles Darwin, the most famous idea-guy in evolution, was frustrated by peacocks. Continue reading “Sexual selection in gum-leaf skeletonizers”
Octopuses and other celoid cephalopods do something strange with their RNA. Well, strange for us – not so strange for them.
Continue reading “RNA Editing in octopuses and other cephalopods”
Meet the world’s largest fish: the whale shark! Continue reading “Introducing: Whale Sharks”
Bottlenose dolphins are at it again. Their latest antics involve a unique strategy for eating octopus to avoid suffocation. Keep reading to see what they’re up to! Continue reading “How to eat octopus, as told by dolphins”