In most species of social insects, such as wasps, bees, and ants, the females rule. The females are the workers.
Given the hundreds of thousands of different animals inhabiting our planet, the list of those that can fly is quite small. “Fly Snakes” on today’s Moment of Science.
With 22 as its atomic number and ‘T-i” as its atomic symbol, titanium is the fourth most abundant metal on earth.
After all, for the basic body plan to change, not only do you need a random genetic mutation that results in a sixth finger, but that mutation must also provide an evolutionary advantage when it comes to reproduction.
However, mosquitoes, contrary to poplar belief, are not bugs. Another factor that comes into play is the fact that baby true bugs look like small wingless versions of adult true bugs.
The song says that Bonnie lies over the ocean, but it also says that she lies over the sea. Based on these lyrics, where is Bonnie? In the song, the words “ocean” and “sea” are used interchangeably to mean any large body of salty water.
To us, it’s a relaxing sound. To female frogs, it’s downright sexy. The louder the chirp, the more interesting the male. So what’s a Romeo frog to do if his voice isn’t quite up to volume?
Kimberly Sessions, of Atlanta, Georgia wrote to A Moment of Science with the following question: “I know why the ocean is still salty: evaporated water leaves the salt behind. But how did it get salty in the first place?”
If you're allergic to dust, chances are what's making you sick is dust mite fecal matter. Find out about dust mites on this Moment of Science.
Compared to the measly five million aroma receptors embedded in human nasal tissue, which is about the size of postage stamp, some dogs have over 200 million receptors that are embedded in a sheet of tissue that, unfolded, would be big enough to cover one-third of the dog’s surface area.
Is it true that larger birds walk and smaller bird hop?
Read on to learn about the possibility that infants are interested in the same things as their parents.
Since dogs descended from wolves, researchers who have studied wolves think that they roll in strong-smelling stuff to mask their scent.
By trapping all sorts of dirt and debris, the waxy stuff your ear produces helps keep the ear clean. Q-tips are commonly used to clean the wax from your ear when it gets to be too abundant.
It may come as a surprise if I told you that scientists have recently made discoveries that suggest baboons are capable of abstract thought. You probably thought that only apes, the actual evolutionary predecessors of humans, could think abstractly.
Complex arithmetic places special demands on what is known as your working memory, the place where you store the information you need in the short-term.
The same thing happens to the air in the car. When the car stops the air keeps moving forward. This results in more air, or higher air pressure, in the front of the passenger compartment.
For decades, mathematical ecologists struggling to formulate equations that accurately describe the relationship between predator and prey have come up against the following paradox: if the predators are too successful, the prey population dies out, and then the predators end up starving.
At the University of California , David Julius and his research team have been making some interesting discoveries involving tongue receptors and a substance contained in chili peppers. They found that this substance activates the same receptors that senses heat.
A study in the American Journal of Public Health shows that heart attacks are no joke for people who suspect they are going to be laid off.
Amoebas have a lot more going on than any of us humans ever knew! Find out more on this Moment of Science.
Ridges help sharks in the water, but shark-skin suits don't help Olympic hopefuls. So why did so many swimmers wear them at the Olympics?
No matter the species, mating rituals are pretty weird. Take the praying mantis. After an intimate tryst, the female mantis bites its partner’s head off. But when it comes to sexual hijinks, nothing beats the garden snail. During sex, garden snails often pierce each other with miniature darts. Any way you slice it, garden snail […]
“Bloodshot” is precisely the right term to describe what happens when something irritates the eyes.
Suppose you could live a longer, healthier life if you were willing to eat about half what you normally do and spend every day feeling cold and hungry?
As you land on top of her you realize too late the mistake you have made. You do whatever it is that bees do when they are terrified. This is no female bee, no possible mate.
How fast anything spins is partly determined by how its weight is distributed. The closer an object’s weight is to its axis of rotation, the faster it spins. To picture this, imagine an ice skater doing a pirouette. When her arms are extended, she spins slowly.
First, it reduces ice formation within the mosquito’s cells, so that water hardens like glass but doesn’t form ice crystals that can then damage the cells.