If I had been given one wish as a child I, it would have been that the Tasmanian tiger wasn’t extinct. To me extinction was a tragedy. I expect that many people feel the same way. But it is not easy to save dwindling populations and prevent extinctions. Sure it takes money, but it also… Read more

It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. “Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in Waitrose home delivery,” said one newspaper recently. Every few months, almost like clockwork, a media hype about these arachnids surfaces in the press. But… Read more

Diesel fumes may be reducing the availability of some flower odors, which bees need to find their food. The findings suggest that toxic nitrous oxide (NOx) in diesel exhausts could be having an even greater effect on bees’ ability to smell out flowers than scientists previously believed. NOx is a poisonous pollutant produced by diesel… Read more

The latest inspiration for robot design lurks in the dark corners of damp basements. Engineering students and their professor at Johns Hopkins University have spent more than eight months unraveling the hopping skills, airborne antics, and safe-landing patterns of the incredibly athletic spider cricket. The team thinks non-human creatures may be the best models in… Read more

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants, and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, report researchers. The results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species. Says Etya Amsalem, a postdoctoral fellow in entomology at Penn State: “While the hypothesis that many social insect lineages all… Read more