Some bird flocks are a lot like K-pop groups

Birds in flocks with many different species change the way they hunt to better work as a team. It's a little like boy bands, one researcher says.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds insects predators

Butterflies can pass acquired traits to the next generation

It defies past thinking about evolution, but new research documents the inheritance of acquired traits among butterflies.

National University of Singapore | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies evolution insects smells

Ants have to ‘unlock’ anger toward intruders

When an intruding ant enters a colony, ants don't jump to action to defend their home right away. The right smell has to "unlock" their aggression.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt | Feb. 4, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology aggression ants brains emotions insects

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas | Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

Bugs and heat will do major damage to crops as temps rise

Climate models may underestimate potential crop losses as a result of rising temperatures because they leave out how stressed plants react.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change insects temperature

Bug attacks make organic fruits and veg healthier

The wounds that insects give plant leaves release antioxidants and makes organic fruits and vegetables healthier for people to eat.

Laura Muntean-Texas A&M | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine agriculture antioxidants food insects plants

Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment insects plastics pollution worms

Turing pattern explains coffee farm ants, leopard spots

"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan | Dec. 13, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture ants coffee ecosystems insects patterns

How vitamin A plays a role in monarch migration

"...our work in the monarch could have implications for better understanding seasonal changes in the human brain that could lead to ailments such as seasonal depression."

Shana Hutchins-Texas A&M | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology butterflies circadian-rhythms genes insects light migration

Citizen science and cookies help solve ant enigma

New research clarifies the mysterious ants from Europe that love North American sidewalks, backyards, and sidewalks. Kids with cookies helped.

Michelle Jewel-NC State | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology ants citizen-scientists insects new-species

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