Monday, April 24, 2017

Bergamotene — alluring and lethal for Manduca sexta

Credit: Danny Kessler, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology The tobacco hawkmoth Manduca sexta is an important pollinator of the wild tobacco species Nicotiana attenuata; yet hungry larvae hat..

New NSF special report released ahead of Earth Day

Credit: Center for Severe Weather Research/Robin Lorenson From flowers' microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are st..

Stink bug traps perform poorly during winter invasions

Annapolis, MD; April 14, 2017--Score one for the brown marmorated stink bug, again. Since the pernicious pest arrived in the United States nearly 20 years ago, it has proven difficult to fend off, a..

Open-source mungbean genetic information website enables better varieties

Credit: QUT Scientists and mungbean growers around the world now have access to an open-source website containing the latest genetic information on the qualities of 560 accessions of mungbean. Th..

Immature spinner dolphin calf SCUBA tanks spell disaster in tuna fisheries

Just because dolphins are born in water doesn't necessarily mean that their in-built SCUBA system is fully prepared for action at birth; it can take between 1 and 3 years for the oxygen carrying ..

Sociable crayfish get drunk more easily than loners

The effects of alcohol can be unpredictable; while some consumers become amiable and affectionate, others turn into brutish thugs, and Jens Herberholz, from the University of Maryland, USA, explains t..

High-speed images capture archer fish’s rocket-like launch

The archer fish is arguably the ninja of the aquatic world, known for its stealth-like, arrow-straight aim while shooting down unsuspecting prey. Once the fish has sighted its target, it can spit jets..

Painkillers relieve zebrafish larvae discomfort

Lynne Sneddon is a myth buster. Having debunked the fisherman's legend that fish don't feel pain, Sneddon, from the University of Liverpool, UK, has become a leading figure in the movement t..

NASA engages the next generation with HUNCH

Credit: NASA NASA is making sure the next generation of high school graduates understand the variety of career paths that can lead to missions exploring space. In fact, hundreds of students are alr..

A better way to manage phosphorus?

Credit: Q.M. Ketterings All living things - from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals - need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too ..