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August 21, 2019


Jabuticaba, The Fruit That Grows On Trees

Jabuticaba is a fruit native to Brazil. It’s the size and color of a plum, with a white pulp and several seeds. It’s also known for its health benefits and sometimes gets called a “super fruit.”

August 19, 2019


Hot And Bothered Fish

Scientists working with two species of damselfish on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef discovered that when water temperatures increased by as little as three degrees, fish personalities changed.

August 12, 2019


Flies That Eat Spiders

In most showdowns between spiders and flies, the odds weigh heavily in the spider’s favor.  Today, however, we’ll look at a few species of fly that manage to turn the tables on their eight legged foes.

August 8, 2019


Generational Plant Wisdom

Information about when to germinate is imprinted by the mother plant in the seeds’ genes—essentially turning certain genes off that regulate germination.

July 31, 2019


How Young Animals Leave Their Homes

Scientists think there are a number of reasons why young animals leave home. By doing so, they avoid competing with their relatives for resources and avoid competing with each other for mates.

July 30, 2019


Megachile pluto, The World’s Largest Bee

Megachile pluto is the world’s largest bee, and perhaps its most elusive. It is commonly called “Wallace’s giant bee,” after naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first collected the bee in 1858.

July 26, 2019


Arthropod House Guests

Entomologists from North Carolina State University ran a study that found we share our houses with more than 500 kinds of arthropods.

July 22, 2019


Simbakubwa Kutokaafrika

In 2019 two American researchers reported discovering the fossil remains of a carnivorous mammal larger than a modern lion, and even larger than a prehistoric saber-toothed tiger. It lived 22 million years ago in what’s now Africa.

July 19, 2019


The Paradox Of Predator And Prey

According to a study by scientists at McGill University, areas with more prey have more predators overall than areas with relatively sparse prey. However, an abundance of prey does not result in as many predators as might seem likely.

July 17, 2019


The Science Of Cricket Fights

Scientists tested male field crickets in competitions where they paired males with similar body mass and size, but different head sizes. They found that males with larger heads won more fights than males with smaller heads.

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