An invisible butterfly might sound like something from a fairytale, but there are butterflies with wings as transparent as panes of glass. The reason that their wings are transparent is because they barely reflect any light. A wide spectrum of light—from infrared to visible to ultraviolet—travels straight through the wing tissue.
Diplodocus was one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the earth, yet the females produced some of the smallest eggs. Now, scientists say they’ve cracked the mystery: The substantial incubation time required for sauropod embryos to develop may have constrained egg sizes.
The availability of the micronutrient could alter selection on foraging behavior for butterflies and other roadside developing invertebrates, research shows. Living things require micronutrients such as sodium and iron in sparing amounts, but they can play a big role in development. While a moderate rise in sodium can have some seeming benefits, too much of a good thing is toxic; for instance, the researchers saw markedly higher mortality rate in some subjects.
Two studies provide evidence that bees cannot taste or avoid neonicotinoid pesticides, and that exposure to treated crops affects reproduction in solitary bees as well as bumblebee colony growth and reproduction.
If you’re no longer enjoying your job as a builder, perhaps you should head over to China since construction workers here have made some pretty darn interesting paleontological discoveries over the years.
Depuis plusieurs années, Eric Parmentier traque les sons émis par les poissons. Récemment, une équipe française qui tournait un film sur le cœlacanthe, a planté l'un des micros du scientifique dans une grotte située à 120 mètres de fond au large des côtes sud-africaines. Pendant quinze jours, il a enregistré des milliers de sons qui, à l'analyse, ont révélé l'existence de communautés de poissons aux formes de communication très élaborées.
It looks like we may have a new monkey species under our scientific radar, thanks to its stand out genitals. The newly discovered animal, the white-cheeked macaque (Macaca leucogenys), was recently identified as a previously unknown species due its distinctive penis and scrotal coloration that distinguish it from other macaques residing in the same area.
It seems that the Antarctic may be a hotspot for documenting disturbing animal sex acts. Many years ago, British explorer George Murray Levick caught Adélie penguins engaging in all sorts of debauchery, such as necrophilia, sexual coercion and sexual abuse of chicks. Now, scientists have observed fur seals trying to have sex with penguins. While these observations may not be as shocking as what Levick documented, they are unusual nonetheless.
Over 200 million people are infected by malaria each year, and the majority of the 627,000 deaths per year are children younger than five. The disease is carried by mosquitos who act as vectors for the parasite. It's only transmitted to humans by female mosquitoes, as they're the only ones who bite. A team of researchers led by Andrea Crisanti of the Imperial College London managed to genetically modify mosquitos to produce 95% male offspring, eliminating mosquito populations along with the risk of malaria.
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