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bumblebee tricks

Bumblebees can trick plants into flowering early

May 21st, 2020

There’s a secret bumblebee trick that can trigger plants to flower a month earlier than they would otherwise. Researchers in Switzerland discovered that when bumblebees chew a specific pattern into the leaves of a plant, it flowers up to 30 days early. Attempts to replicate the phenomenon by damaging the plants in a similar manner …

rabbit virus

A deadly virus is spreading across the United States… in rabbits

May 19th, 2020

A deadly virus has been found in rabbits in several US states, and it could pose a risk to populations of various species across the country. The disease causes internal bleeding, leading to death, and is considered to be highly contagious. The virus can spread between rabbit species, but it’s not thought to be a …

iterative evolution

This bird went completely extinct, and then it came back

May 18th, 2020

A species of flightless bird went extinct over 130,000 years ago but then appeared again after evolution gave it a second chance. The birds evolved independently, thousands of years apart, but did so on the exact same island.  When species evolve twice it’s known as “iterative evolution.” Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. When an …

life on mars

Hope for life on Mars dealt a huge blow by new study

May 12th, 2020

Scientists built a climate model to simulate puddles of salty water on Mars which could hold life. The data doesn’t favor the existence of life as we know it, and the puddles are believed to only exist during certain times of the year. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Of all the planets in our …

science news

Scientists discovered an animal that doesn’t need oxygen

May 11th, 2020

Scientists have found a multicellular organism capable of surviving without oxygen. The creature, a tiny parasite that lives inside of salmon, doesn’t have the genes for mitochondria, which power our cells and allow for cellular respiration that uses oxygen. Researchers still aren’t sure how the creatures are surviving, so this won’t be the last you …

science news

These honeybees lay eggs without mating

May 8th, 2020

Cape honey bees in South Africa reproduce without sex, and are even capable of producing female larvas that become queens. Researchers have pinpointed the gene responsible for this incredible reproductive power, and hope to use it against the bees, which frequently drive away other bee species. Going forward, the power to control the ability of …