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Some Honey Bee Swarms Generate Electrical Charges Stronger Than Storms
Small charges carried by individual insects can add up, a study finds, with larger swarms generating substantial electrical fields.
Some Honey Bee Swarms Generate Electrical Charges Stronger Than Storms
Some Honey Bee Swarms Generate Electrical Charges Stronger Than Storms

Small charges carried by individual insects can add up, a study finds, with larger swarms generating substantial electrical fields.

Small charges carried by individual insects can add up, a study finds, with larger swarms generating substantial electrical fields.

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Electrically Zapping Specific Brain Regions Can Boost Memory
Dan Robitzski | Aug 22, 2022 | 3 min read
Low-intensity electrical stimulation allows older adults to better recall a list of words for at least a month following the treatment, a study finds, providing further evidence for the debated idea that electrical stimulation can enhance cognitive performance.
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.
Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Cable bacteria can live in stirred-up sediments by associating with structures built by Chaetopterus variopedatus.
Berkeley Labs Face Power Outage Amid Wildfire Threat
Emily Makowski | Oct 9, 2019 | 3 min read
The utility company PG&E has cut electricity to much of the Bay Area as a preventive measure.
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The Hunt for Electrically Active Microbes
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2019 | 4 min read
A new portable instrument could help to lure useful bugs in from the wild.
Image of the Day: Double Header
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 8, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists have manipulated the electrical signals that help guide flatworms in regenerating their body parts to encourage a flatworm to grow two heads.
Do Electric Fish Dream in Zaps?
Shawna Williams | Aug 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Studying electrical communication in the wild requires braving the Amazon jungle with sensitive equipment.
University of Puerto Rico Closed After Hurricane Maria
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 25, 2017 | 2 min read
The pause on campus operations, which could last a month, is just one example of the hurricane’s devastation.
Stressed Shore Crabs
Karen Zusi | Nov 12, 2015 | 2 min read
Electrical shocks cause a physiological stress response in invertebrates previously thought incapable of feeling pain.
Do Crustaceans Feel Pain?
Kate Yandell | Aug 9, 2013 | 1 min read
An animal behavior professor argues that crabs and lobsters respond to electrical shocks in a way that suggests discomfort.
Electric Lights Alter Daily Rhythms
Kate Yandell | Aug 6, 2013 | 1 min read
Humans’ circadian clocks become skewed when they are exposed to electric lights but revert to a schedule more in tune with the sun when they go camping.
Electrical Bacteria
Jef Akst | Oct 24, 2012 | 2 min read
Individuals of a newly discovered microbe species line up end-to-end to form electron transport cables many times their length.
Animal Electricity, circa 1781
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 28, 2011 | 2 min read
How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.
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