Bugs for dinner!

Bugs for dinner!
What about farming insects? 2 billion people eat insects, and more should be, according to the UN. As the planet searches for protein More »

Come hither, says plant

Come hither, says plant

Study finds that bees “read” the electric field of a flower. First-ever detection of electric-field detection by animal not in water More »

Bacteria: Social critters!?

Bacteria: Social critters!?

Bacteria: you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all? Not. There’s a chemical war going on in that Petri dish, and a new study identifies More »

Putting the brakes on fish invasions

Putting the brakes on fish invasions

Ecologists are desperate to forestall a devastating invasion of the Lakes. Should canal be closed to cut off the damaging fish, or is More »

A Story of the Bacterium and the Fly

closeup of fly--yellow and hairy with large red eye

Bacteria can help or harm their hosts. Now we hear how one genus of bacteria can multiply fly reproduction. In this symbiosis, both More »

Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Meet three gross “biotherapies”: Leeches suck blood after surgery. Maggots clear dead tissue from wounds. Parasitic worms fight More »

Sustaining symbiosis – new clues

Sustaining symbiosis - new clues

To hide from hungry fish, this animal houses luminous bacteria. But what prevents the bacteria from reproducing and killing the squid? More »

Imitation: Better than flattery?

Imitation: Better than flattery?

Imitation is a social glue in human society. We like people who imitate us. We call them friend. We will even tip them better! A new More »

Microbial bliss

Microbial bliss

Scientists are proving that intestinal bacteria can help health — but for what conditions? Should you take probiotic supplements or More »

Bush creates huge Pacific reserves

Bush creates huge Pacific reserves

Three giant new reserves, extend 50 miles out from shore, will protect coral reefs, fish, clams, and other life forms. But how More »

At last: Parasites get some respect!

Along the coast of Baja, California, a new study finds that parasites outweigh top predators. What does this mean for ecology, and what More »