digital PCR, ecology
Ocean Plastic Aid Insects
Cristina Luiggi | May 10, 2012
Floating pools of plastic debris in the Pacific offer more surfaces for marine insects to lay eggs.
It’s Raining Mice
It’s Raining Mice
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
A new brown tree snake control strategy takes to the skies as scientists scatter toxic rodents over Guam’s forest canopy.
Pigeon GPS Identified
Megan Scudellari | Apr 26, 2012
A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.
Melting Ice Releases Ancient Microbes
Megan Scudellari | Apr 19, 2012
Living cells escaping from Antarctic glaciers could speed global warming and affect marine life.
Spotted: Emperor Penguins
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 17, 2012
Satellites are used to count the number of penguins living in Antarctica.
Spotting a Giraffe's Age
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 11, 2012
A giraffe’s spots can give away its years.
Insect Battles, Big and Small
Megan Scudellari | Apr 10, 2012
Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.
Colony Collapse from Pesticides?
Edyta Zielinska | Apr 9, 2012
Yet another study demonstrates that how pesticides might be related to the collapse of wild bee colonies.
Poisonous Shrooms Battle Cancer
Megan Scudellari | Apr 4, 2012
A deadly mushroom toxin shrinks pancreatic tumors in mice.
Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity
Sabrina Richards | Apr 3, 2012
A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.