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Humans are keeping bees awake at night

January 21st, 2021

New research into the effects of manmade chemicals on insects has revealed that common pesticides can dramatically affect the brains of flies and bees.  The chemicals throw the insects out of sync with the typical sleep/wake cycle, causing them to act differently. The flies and bees in the study showed dramatic impacts on the memories …

dinosaur mating

We might finally know how dinosaurs had sex

January 20th, 2021

Dinosaur bones have told scientists a lot about how the ancient animals lived, hunted, and died, but reproduction has remained largely a mystery. A new fossil from China provides such an incredibly well-preserved look at the dinosaur’s hindquarters that it shows the orifice that was likely used for expelling waste as well as for mating.  …

squirrel attacks

A gang of squirrels is terrorizing people in New York City

January 3rd, 2021

A Queens neighborhood in NYC is apparently a hot spot for squirrel attacks, with some residents getting into physical altercations with the animals. Photos from one human/squirrel scuffle show snow soaked with blood. The residents aren’t sure why the squirrels have suddenly turned violent, but they’re trying to avoid them until things change. We’re all …

octopus punching fish

Octopuses are so fed up with 2020 they’ve started to punch fish

December 23rd, 2020

New research shows that when octopuses and fish hunt together, it’s not uncommon for octopuses to actually punch their fish partners to keep them in line. The behavior appears to be associated with something akin to frustration on the part of the octopuses, which, I mean, is totally understandable.  The researchers, who gave the fish-punching …

alligators regrow tails

Nobody knew that alligators could regrow their own tails

December 21st, 2020

New research reveals that juvenile alligators are capable of regrowing large portions of their tail if they lose it to a predator or other danger. The finding is somewhat surprising, as some lizard species are known to have regenerative abilities but American alligators weren’t thought to have that ability. The discovery was made almost entirely …

frozen wolf pup

An ancient wolf pup was just found frozen in Canada

December 21st, 2020

The remains of a very young wolf pup were found in Canada, and the animal is thought to be roughly 57,000 years old. The pup was frozen in a layer of permafrost and was uncovered by a miner who was thawing out a wall of frozen mud in the Klondike goldfields. The animal is so …

new jellyfish

This alien-looking creature is actually a new species of jelly

December 1st, 2020

An entirely new species of jelly was discovered using high-definition video during an expedition back in 2015. The creature was able to be classified as a new species thanks to the high resolution of the video, which allowed scientists to describe it in great detail. There are over 150 species of comb jelly in Earth’s …

eating bugs

Purina wants you to feed your dog bugs – here’s why

November 6th, 2020

Purina is making a move to test out a sustainable source of insect-based protein for some of its dog and cat food. The company’s Beyond Naturals foods will soon include a product that sources protein from fly larvae. Scientists have long suggested that insect proteins may save us from food shortages in the future. The …

mosquitoes

Scientists figured out why mosquitos love your blood so much

October 30th, 2020

Scientists set out to figure out why mosquitoes love the taste of blood so much, and how they can detect blood in the first place. Using different mixtures and concoctions, the team determined that it’s actually the needle-like stylet that the insects suck with that does the “tasting.” It’s packed with neurons that detect specific …

smallest time measurement

Scientists measure the shortest amount of time ever: A zeptosecond

October 19th, 2020

Scientists successfully measured an event using zeptoseconds, which is an incredibly brief fraction of a second. The time it took for a photo to pass through a hydrogen molecule was measured at 247 zeptoseconds, which is the smallest measurement ever achieved. In the future, more and more accurate measurements of time on this small scale …