Rain forests are full of abundant vegetation and life. So, why does the soil change when the trees are cut down?
Earthworms may be good for your garden, but are they harmful to other habitats? Find out on this Moment of Science: "Attack of the Earthworms".
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have fruit in your house to have fruit flies. All you need is fermenting organic matter that remains wet or moist. Most likely, that’s going to mean drains–sinks, showers, etc. In particular, fruit flies tend to breed in slow-moving or seldom-used drains in which a layer of slime has built up.
The ultraviolet light is supposed to attract mosquitoes against an electrified grid, which then zaps them. Well, it’s true that plenty of mosquitoes are attracted into your backyard by the light, but once the mosquitoes catch a whiff of you, they ignore the light completely.
For many scientists, a species’ success is measured by sheer numbers. In that case, the most successful species known to man is a type of bacterium known as S-A-R-11, or SAR-11 for short. Scientists estimate that there are two-hundred and forty times a billion billion billion SAR11 cells floating around in the oceans. Now that [...]