Biology

Nests of sand and silk

Quartinia wasps can stabilize their nests in loose sand through special silk glands on their head. (Photo: Volker Mauss) How can tunnels and chambers...

What’s up with the breast drumming?

A silverback gorilla shows the famous behavior. (Image: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund) A thundering tremolo resounds through the jungle: Why do gorillas hit their...

Cultural progress in great tits

Great tit solving the task. (Image: Michael Chimento) Not only humans and many mammals develop cultural traditions, birds also learn from each other. ...

Bacteria for better root growth

Optimal rooting of the soil is important for plant growth. Apparently certain bacteria can have a beneficial effect here. (Image: PhanuwatNandee /...

What role does light pollution play in insect decline?

Nocturnal light sources attract insects. (Image: Johanna Reinhard / IGB Nocturnal light pollution from street lamps, spotlights and the like disrupts the natural day-night...

How much invasive species cost us

Introduced mosquito species such as the tiger mosquito here are among the most costly invasive species in the world. (Image: eyup zengin /...

Algae in cattle feed reduce methane emissions

This cattle was fed with algae mixed food. (Image: Breanna Roque / UC Davis) Through their digestion, cattle release abundant methane - a powerful...

The flower color blue in the spotlight

The liverwort is an example of the comparatively few flowering plants that we perceive as blue. (Photo: Anke Jentsch) They are often found in...

Creeping poisoning threatens birds of prey

Especially hawks, but also red kites and sea eagles often accumulate toxins in their bodies. (Image: Oliver Krone / Leibniz-IZW) Sad "descent": In Germany...

Pest uses stolen plant gene

The whitefly, which is around one millimeter in size, can attack over 600 different plant species. (Image: Jixing Xia and Zhaojiang Guo) The "success...

Hoppel gene identified in rabbits

Sauteur d'Alfort rabbits walk handstands on their front legs instead of hopping. (Image: Carneiro M et al., 2021, PLOS Genetics) Rabbits, hares, kangaroos,...

Refraining from plowing can benefit the climate

Cultivation with plowing or no-till. (Image: Inger Struck) No-till as a climate aid: If farmers forego plowing before sowing, the carbon dioxide emissions from...

Mysterious circles uncovered

From penguins to whale sharks: many larger marine animals have circular movement patterns. (Illustration: Narazaki et al. / IScience) Sea turtles, penguins, sharks and...

Robust natural patent with potential

Three elements in the structure of insect wings ensure that collisions and wind forces cannot harm them during flight. (Image: Hamed Rajabi) Stable, durable...

Sheep or goats: who is more flexible?

Goats could solve the problems better than sheep. (Image: Christian Nawroth) Because of similar: sheep and goats are genetically similar, in their physique and...

Do fish recognize each other in the mirror?

A cleaner fish looks at itself in the mirror. (Image: A. Jordan) It is considered a special ability of some highly developed animal species....

Fossil fly with a full belly

New discovery from the Messel pit: the Hirmoneura messelense fly (Image: Senckenberg) 47 million years ago it buzzed from flower to flower: Scientists discovered the...

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