To Ditch Pesticides, Scientists Are Hacking Insects’ Sex Signals

To Ditch Pesticides, Scientists Are Hacking Insects’ Sex Signals

Proving that this way of producing pheromones works, and that they’re effective, has taken almost a decade. “We are now looking at scaling up the process and introducing them in the market,” says Löfstedt. This research also opens the door to using sex disruption to protect other commodity crops from pests. “It should be possible … Read more

A New Explanation for How Fireflies Flash in Sync

A New Explanation for How Fireflies Flash in Sync

A similar scenario played out in the 1990s, when a Tennessee naturalist named Lynn Faust read the confidently published assertion of a scientist named Jon Copeland that there were no synchronous fireflies in North America. Faust knew then that what she had been watching for decades in the nearby woods was something remarkable. Faust invited … Read more

Why India’s Capital Is Teeming With Mosquitoes

Why India’s Capital Is Teeming With Mosquitoes

Delhi’s surge of Culex mosquitoes come at a time when public health officials are declaring notable victories against other kinds of mosquitoes, including the Anopheles genus that transmits malaria. While those gains have saved lives, the situation, mosquito experts say, is complicated: The very changes that have reduced Anopheles’ numbers may be allowing other species … Read more

Cities Need More Native Bees—Lots and Lots of Them

Cities Need More Native Bees—Lots and Lots of Them

The goal of this scientific project is to better understand which native bees are pollinating which crops in these community spaces, and how gardeners can attract and protect them. For example, bees don’t like big, open spaces. They appreciate vegetal cover—places to hide from predators like dragonflies that are waiting to pick them off. Self-respecting … Read more

Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

Do spiders sleep?  Study suggests they may snooze like humans

NEW YORK — It’s a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep? Daniela Roessler and her colleagues trained cameras on baby jumping spiders at night to find out. The footage showed patterns that looked a lot like sleep cycles: The spiders’ legs twitched and parts of their eyes flickered. The researchers … Read more

Is There Good News for Monarch Butterflies? Scientists Disagree

Is There Good News for Monarch Butterflies?  Scientists Disagree

Last month, government officials met in Washington, DC, for the first Monarch Butterfly Summit, just as the milkweed in the “Monarch Waystations” that are now ubiquitous across American lawns began to bloom. Like everyone, they were worried about the iconic insect’s fate, following decades of notable population decline in the butterfly’s winter colonies. There are … Read more

Are Ants the Future of Cancer Detection?

Are Ants the Future of Cancer Detection?

Cancer diagnosis is frightening, invasive, time-consuming, and expensive. And more than 1.6 million people get that cancer diagnosis every year in the United States. That’s a lot of biopsies and a lot of looking at cells under highly sensitive microscopes. . But what if detecting cancer in those samples was as simple as taking a … Read more

Model attacked by beach bugs – covered in bumps months later

Model attacked by beach bugs – covered in bumps months later

This bikini babe is buggin ‘out. Striking sexy poses on the sandy beaches of Florida ultimately came to bite social media model Chelsie Gold in the butt – literally. While snapping hot swimsuit shots for her more than 32,000 Instagram followers, the platinum blonde bombshell was bombarded by a swarm of itsy-bitsy, bloodthirsty sand flies … Read more

The EPA May Extend the Use of Pesticides that Paralyze Bees

The EPA May Extend the Use of Pesticides that Paralyze Bees

This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The US Environmental Protection Agency is poised to allow the use of four of the most devastating chemicals to bees, butterflies, and other insects to continue in America for the next 15 years, despite moves by the European Union to … Read more