Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Feb 19, 2015

Chemicals in nectar can fight bee disease: study

Flower nectar contains a bouquet of chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumblebees, a study said Wednesday. The findings throw up clues for helping honeybee colonies that are battling mysterious but catastrophic decline. Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on ...

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Feb 18, 2015

Strongest biological material: limpet teeth

Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth are tougher. Spider silk is hailed for its strength and structure, but researchers in Britain have discovered that limpets — snaillike sea creatures with conical shells ...

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Feb 13, 2015

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Scientists on Thursday described Chinese fossils of two shrew-size creatures that were the oldest-known tree-climbing and burrowing mammals, showing that early mammals in the Jurassic Period had already claimed a variety of ecological niches. Agilodocodon scansorius, an omnivore that lived about 165 million years ...

Feb 12, 2015

Scientists unravel mystery of how snake venom causes seizures

Scientists have unraveled the mystery of how venom from the Costa Rican coral snake causes seizures in its victims, a finding that could boost research into schizophrenia, epilepsy and chronic pain, researchers said Monday. The recipe involves a pair of proteins called micrurotoxins (MmTX) ...

Feb 10, 2015

Croatian court bans dog from barking at night

Medo is in trouble for doing what all dogs do: barking. A fed up neighbor in a northern Croatian village has won a temporary court order that says Medo must stop barking at night. If not, owner Anton Simunovic must pay some €2,800 ($3,160). ...