Soon after the demise of the dinosaurs, ants learned how to farm. The story of the mutualism between leafcutter ants and their fungal crop culminates in industrial-scale farming that surpasses even human farming in its efficiency. via rddit science http:/
From chaos to order: How ants optimize food search. Ants are capable of complex problem-solving strategies that could be widely applied as optimization techniques. An individual ant searching for food walks in random ways.
Wasp venom may deliver a painful sting, but scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona) have carried out successful in vitro tests using the venom to kill breast cancer tumor cells, a new study describes.
Honey bee queens highly vulnerable to two neonicotinoid insecticides
Honey bee queens highly vulnerable to two neonicotinoid insecticides...A research team from Bern, Switzerland and Wolfville, Canada has found that honey bee queens, which are crucial to colony functioning, are severely affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides. In 2013, governments in Europe moved to partially restrict the use of these neonicotinoids while further risks assessments could be performed. The province of Ontario, Canada followed suit in 2015... -- ScienceDaily
'Benevolent sexism' is not an oxymoron and has insidious consequences for women, experts argue
A huge earthquake may be building beneath Bangladesh the most densely populated nation on earth. Scientists say they have new evidence of increasing strain there where two tectonic plates underlie the worlds largest river delta. via rddit science http:
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Fruit flies ‘think’ before they act Oxford University neuroscientists have shown that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions. In experiments asking fruit flies to distinguish between.
The redomestication of wolves: Large predators are reoccupying former ranges, where they often rely on newly available human foods
First brain scans of sea lions give clues to strandings: Neuroscience links toxin to strandings
First brain scans of lions give clues to strandings. scans and behavioral tests of California sea lions that stranded on shore show how an algal toxin disrupts brain networks, leading to deficits in spatial memory.
Caterpillar treats and tricks ants by oozing spiked juice